Derry 2.0 - Digital Derry launch new website

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This week Digital Derry have unveiled their new website at www.digitalderry.org. The site, developed by local firm Octoberstone, features regularly updated news, an events calendar, jobs listings and an extensive video section.

Anyone interested in promoting their companies, projects, events, jobs or anything else digital can forward the information to digitalderry@gmail.com

You can see a list of upcoming digital media events in the city at www.digitalderry.org/events

SeedComp 2011 Now Open for Applications

As of Saturday, April 2nd, the city’s first competition for digital media startups is open for applications. Run by Digital Derry and funded by ILEX, SeedComp 2011 invites anyone with an idea for a digital media business to compete for a total of £10,000 in funding. Applications and further info can be downloaded from www.digitalderry.org/seedcomp2011 from Monday, April 4th.

Derry duo launch new iPhone game

Dennis Heaney and Paul Crumlish run a ‘tiny wee independent games studio’ based in Derry called Beep Blip games - www.beepblip.com – and their first iPhone game has just hit the iTunes store.

The duo have worked together in a number of serious games projects over the last few years, and have decided to take the first step into mobile games with Hungry Monsters. It looks beautiful, features simple, intuitive controls and is well worth 59p of anyone’s money.

Here what they have to say about themselves: “We want to make games that you will want to play as much as we love making them. Our mobile games will be fun and appealing to all gamers. They will focus on key elements that we think make great mobile games; Innovative and addictive gameplay, Simple controls, great design and above all just FUN!”

You can download Hungry Monsters now from the iTunes store.

The Ben Hammersley Lecture

On March 23rd, renowned digital media pundit and editor-at-large of Wired magazine, Ben Hammerlsey, delivered the annual British Council lecture to a packed audience at The Playhouse.

You can check out highlights from the lecture at www.vimeo.com/21444857

InvestNI Propel programme now accepting applications

The 2011 Invest NI Propel programme is now open for applications. Propel provides salary support, initial seed investment, master classes, mentoring from local and international experts, and access to potential investors. It helps participants to maximise the commercial potential of their ideas and generate the best possible return for themselves and the local economy.

The deadline for applications for Propel is 4pm Friday 15 April 2011. The applications can be made online through www.propelprogramme.co.uk

Social Media Association for Business meets tomorrow

The first Derry meeting of the Social Media Association for Business will meet this Saturday, April 2nd, from 3pm at An Culturlann on Gt Jame’s Street. The Social Media Association for Business is a grassroots organisation aiming to bring together those who are interested in, and knowledgeable about, using social media tools, to assist organisations in Northern Ireland with their understanding and employment of social media as a marketing and networking tool.

Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him email to digitalderry@gmail.com