Derry 2.0 - Ireland as Europe’s Next Digital Hub?

If you don’t spend time in Dublin – you need to. If you haven’t been to the Dublin Web Summit – you need to go. If you’re not linking up with Irish tech entrepreneurs across the island – you need to start. And if you’re not checking out some of Europe’s best accelerator programmes – you should.


It’s pretty simple. Ireland’s tech community is quickly positioning itself as a new centre of the European tech scene – base to some of the world’s largest tech companies, home of countless start-ups and host to one of the most vibrant tech scenes outside the Valley.

Within the last few weeks, Dublin has been featured heavily by the industry heavyweight Wired magazine. The Dublin Web Summit notched up its first ever 1000 attendee event, making it the largest tech conference in the UK or Ireland. In a recent report, three Dublin-based accelerator programmes made it into the list of Europe’s top eight. Web games giant Zynga (makers of Farmville and Mafia Wars amongst other titles) opened their European HQ in Dublin. And Enterprise Ireland has just announced on their blog that 35 overseas venture capitalists have invested in Irish start-ups and/or early stage companies.

And, of course, this is all great news for Derry. Dublin’s less than four hours away and on a global scale Ireland’s too small to think of in terms of counties and provinces. It’s all one place.

But that doesn’t mean that there’s not a hell of a lot we can learn from what Dublin are doing well – not least through high-profile events like the Dublin Web Summit – and make sure that we play our part in Ireland’s tech renaissance.

New digital arts company launches

The digital startups are coming thick and fast in Derry now and the latest one to emerge is a new digital arts and design collective, Non-Zero-Sum.

The collective brings together designers, developers and academics committed to creating user-focused experiences across a range of digital platforms, working with commercial, academic and arts organisations in the process.

One of the collective’s founders was a shortlisted finalist in the recent SeedComp business ideas competition and it was that process that inspired him to pivot the original concept into Non-Zero-Sum.

Watch this space

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Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email to or by visiting