.IE Digital Town has been developed to foster digital enhancement and adoption in Ireland; helping businesses, citizens and communities harness the benefits of the internet and to thrive online; to support remote working, tackling the digital divide; decentralisation and rural development; to encourage sustainability through an enhanced digital economy; to advocate for a strong internet ecosystem to enable a better Ireland online.

These ambitions are achieved by two specific pillars of activity currently underway.

.IE Digital Town Awards 2021

The first is the .IE Digital Town Awards, which launched in 2021.  The 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 local towns across Ireland.  There is a total prize fund of €100,000 in 2021, across 14 award categories.

The Awards have evolved from our previous .IE Digital Town activities which you can read more about.

.IE Digital Town Blueprint

The second pillar of activity is the .IE Digital Town Blueprint.  The goal is define a digital town, to develop the metrics to measure a town’s digital readiness; and quantify the effects of digital on a town’s local economy, society, and culture.  To help town leaders and policymakers embed their own digital town programmes and action plans in empirical data, .IE partnered with the DCU Irish Institute of Digital Business to fully explore the concept and value of the “digital town” through a comprehensive research project. It is the first research of its kind in Europe. You can read more about it on our .IE Digital Town Blueprint page.