Derry 2.0 -What’s Digital Derry up to?

Dublin Visit (February 24th - 25th)

Next week representatives from Derry City Council, ILEX, the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and a number of private sector organisations will be on the road to Dublin for meetings with everyone from Facebook to the Digital Hub.

SxSW Trade Mission (March 9th - 16th)

This March, seven people from Derry will be attending SxSWi - the world’s largest digital and interactive media festival in Austin, Texas as part of an InvestNI trade mission. An additional 4 people are being supported by Digital Derry and ILEX - bringing the total to 11.

This is the largest group from the city ever to participate in an InvestNI trade mission.

British Council Annual Lecture (March 23rd)

Editor-at-large of WIRED Magazine, Ben Hammersley will be giving the British Council’s keynote lecture on Wednesday, March 23rd, 530-830pm at The Playhouse in Derry.

The evening will also include a panel session featuring Ben alongside Digital Derry’s Mark Nagurski and Pearse Moore of the Nerve Centre. Ben Hammersley is a journalist, broadcaster, photographer, and technologist. Editor at Large of WIRED magazine, he is also a freelance reporter for the BBC and previously worked as the first Internet reporter for The Times, as a reporter for The Guardian and the UK arm of MSN.

Booking is essential for this event, so please email belfast.event@britishcouncil.org to book your place.

Imagine Create (March 30th-April 2nd)

Imagine Create is a digital arts and industry festival which takes place from 30 March to 2 April 2011 at various locations around the City of Derry

The event will assemble a world-class line-up of leading minds and talents from the worlds of art, design, new media, software development, web, game development, music, film, animation and research to discuss creativity, art, technology, society and innovation.

This is a free event organised by the University of Ulster’s School of Creative Arts, in collaboration with academic partners at the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems and regional partners including Derry City Council, Digital Derry, the Department of Culture Arts & Leisure, Digital Circle, Invest NI, North West Regional College, Nerve Centre, Foyle Film Festival, Void Gallery and Skillset Media Academy.

More info at: www.imaginecreate.info

Launch of Digital Derry Schools’ Competition (March 30th)

As part of its commitment to helping develop interest and expertise in digital media within our schools, Digital Derry will be launching its schools’ competition at the end of March.

The competition with challenge local schools and youth groups to create a digital media project (including moving image, web or mobile applications) supported by local industry professionals.

The winning groups will walk away with over £5000 in prizes. Time and venue for the launch TBC

Launch of Digital Derry’s Seed Competition (April 2nd)

Derry needs more big ideas and Digital Derry aims to help foster them with the region’s largest seed fund competition.

Individuals and groups will compete over 3 months to develop the most exciting new ideas for products, projects and companies in digital media before presenting them ‘Dragons Den’ style before a panel of expert judges.

The winning teams will receive a combined £10,000 to invest in their business ideas as well as a range of free services and supports to help them make thoseideas a reality.

This first event will include all the details of how to enter and include a group brainstorming session to get the creative juices flowing.

Time and venue TBC.

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