2022 Shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2022 .IE Digital Town Awards. The quality and range of projects submitted was of a very high standard. It is clear that towns across Ireland are embracing digital as a way to breath new life into rural communities. The shortlisted projects will share in a total prize fund of €100k.

Register for the virtual Gala event

The winners will be announced at a virtual Gala event on Wednesday 8 May at 4.00pm. Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail will be the guest of honour. Tickets are free and we encourage town teams to sign up now.

About the Awards

The .IE Digital Town Awards are the first pillar of activity under .IE Digital Town which has been developed to address digital enhancement and adoption in Ireland.

The Awards promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of digital in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. They also highlight the benefits and possibilities of digital and celebrate the digital achievements of local towns, big and small.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on our country. Digital offers the opportunity to create new ways of doing things, promote innovation and breathe new life into local communities, making them more attractive places to live and work as well as contributing to a more sustainable future.

 

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Category Description Prize
Digital Education This category is for digital projects in the areas of education, training and development at all levels in the town. Winner €9k

Runner up €5k

Digital Tourism
sponsored by AIB Merchant Services
This category is for projects that can demonstrate the use of digital technology to attract tourists and deliver a distinctive experience. Winner €9k

Runner up €5k

Community Digital
sponsored by Western Development Commission
This category is for digital initiatives and projects that support improvements for the community. Winner €9k

Runner up €5k

Digital Business
sponsored by Vodafone
This category is for projects that can demonstrate creation and implementation of digital strategies to promote businesses in the town. Winner €9k

Runner up €5k

Digital Rising Star A Digital Rising Star is a town or group within a town at the start of their digital journey, which is or which has the potential to be a role model for others to follow. They will have the potential to become a digital leader in future.
Their digital project or initiative may be small but the passion and ambition behind it will mark them out as a Digital Rising Star. They will demonstrate ambition, creativity and the ability to use digital thinking to disrupt and improve their town.
Winner €8.5k
Digital Changemaker
sponsored by Connected Hubs
A Digital Changemaker is a group within a town that sees a problem and finds a way to fix it. In doing so, they create a template for others to follow. It’s a group that makes a difference and is motivated to act when they see a problem that needs to be solved.
They will demonstrate how they took ownership and kept trying to advance the common good. They will demonstrate how they used digital to achieve their ambition.
Winner €8.5k
Digital Local Hero
This will be someone in your community who is an unsung hero, who works tirelessly on initiatives to promote the digital enhancement of the town or a group in the town. Nominations for the Digital Hero should include a description of why the person nominated should win the award.  The winner will be chosen at the discretion of the judging panel. Winner €3k
Overall winner The overall winner will be chosen by the judging panel and will win an additional €10k. Winner €10k

Judging: Read full details on the 2022 judging criteria and our 2022 judging panel.

Awards 2021 – Watch back

Our 2021 virtual awards ceremony took place live from the Killashee Hotel. Dingle Peninsula was crowned the overall winner. View the full list of winners and runners-up.

FAQs

The .IE Digital Town Awards promote awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of digital technologies in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. It also highlights the benefits and possibilities of digital and celebrates the digital achievements of towns across Ireland.

As the national registry for .ie, the ccTLD (country code top level domain) for Ireland, we are also advocates for all things digital and encourage the uptake and use of internet and digital technologies for businesses, citizens and communities.

Yes, if a town has several qualifying digital projects they can be entered as separate projects.

Towns can enter digital projects demonstrating how digital approaches and/or technologies have contributed to the betterment of the town and the wider town community. Projects can relate to enhancements in the following categories e- health, education, digital tourism, digital business and community. Please see some examples of digital projects for reference.

An active digital committee or group which encompasses the interests of the whole town and community is welcome to apply.

See the full list of the 2022 judges here and the 2022 judging criteria are outlined here.

In 2022, there is a total of €100,000 in the prize fund. In each of the five categories – e- health, digital education, digital tourism, digital business and community digital – the winner will receive €9k and the runners-up will receive €5k.  The overall winner will be selected from the category winners and will receive an additional €10k.  The Rising Star and Digital Changemaker will each receive €8.5k.  Finally, the Digital Hero will receive €3k.

21 Feb 2022 – Awards open for entry

8 April 2022 – Awards close

11 – 29 Apr 2022 – Judging takes place

11 May 2022 – Announce shortlist

8 June 2022 – Gala event (virtual)

The prize money is intended to help towns develop digitally.  This could include building a new town website, launching an App, developing a digital hub/coworking space, investing in digital signage, providing digital training and workshops etc.

A bank account is important for transparency and it must be a company, group or local council account and not a personal account.

All terms and conditions can be viewed here.