.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.

2022 Awards – total prize fund €100k

The 2022 Awards has now closed for applications.

There were 14 awards in various categories with a total prize fund of €100,000 plus an overall winner.  There will be two special categories – Digital Changemaker and Digital Rising Star, which will be chosen by an independent judging panel. Finally, there is the very popular Digital Local Hero Award. Applicants will be asked to provide information on their Digital Vision and Digital Projects underway.

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.