Digital Day Dublin 8 March 2013 – as it happened.


Digital Day has come and gone…..for this year..

It was an excellent day with a great buzz about. Many thanks to all who assisted.

The day started out for the Digital Dublin team with a visit to the Accenture ‘Women Invent Tomorrow‘ event at the RDS.

Then it was a quick dash to Mansion House to catch up the rest of the gang setting up at the Marquee.

Weather was not kind.

Lots of activity throughout the day both in an outside the Mansion House.

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Tours of the Mansion House all morning were held with a lunchtime talk on the history of the Mansion House by Anne Loftus.

There was some buzz in the tent with lots of activities, lots of chat and lots of coffee and brownies (courtesy of Tir na nOg Caife)

Coder Dojo

We had two coder dojo sessions led by coder dojo co founder James Whelton and his colleague Guilanne.

The first session was a double booked session and was hectic with over 36  school children giving computer programming a first try..Many of the outputs of these children have been saved ad will be uploaded online shortly so they can view their work from their first coder dojo (stay tuned for more on this..)



Meanwhile the teachers looked on as if on guard ,but there was no need as all the children were well behaved.


The second session was less hectic, with a smaller, more manageable group.


Unfortunately we had to cancel the final planned session (we had intended older people to participate and enjoy coder dojo) The couple of people who managed to slip the net and not be advised of the cancellation would hopefully have been comforted by the news that Dublin City, via Digital Dublin, intend setting up coder dojos for citizens across Dublin. (more updates on this as it happens)

A sample of the websites designed by students on the day! (Click the fullscreen button to go full screen.


14 young Techspacers, received a briefing, donned their blue DigiDublin rain jackets (badly needed) and headed off to interview unsuspecting Dubliners on their views on a Digital Dublin.

They eventually arrived back to edit their videos, demo the video to the Lord Mayor and all other attendees and finally to cheer on whilst the Techspace educators received their certificates from the  Lord Mayor.


On street video interviews.

Thanks to all the young Techspacers.

The Story of the Mansion House secretly recorded the Lord Mayor telling the story of the Mansion House in the week prior to Digital Day and this was broadcast to an amused audience on Digital Day.

Secret recordings ..


The video: Naoise A benign influence

Twitter pic competition

We also ran a Twitter pic competition seeking images from around Dublin on the day itself using a hashtag of #mydubpic.

The winner would win a helicopter flight for two and a sample of entries would be showcased on on 9 March.

It was a great competition with lots of entries and a happy winner.

twit pic winner

Music on the day

Special thanks goes to for providing the music in the marquee on he day..not just any music but the top tracks being listened to locally by dubliners..check out


Other highlights were:

Test drives of ESB eCars about the city centre.

Library bus at top of Grafton Street scanning in old photos and digitizing to digidublin photostream

libraries bus

Lots of exhibitors about the marquee: ParkYa, dublinked, Apps for Fingal, DIT Hothouse, INTEL,, Innovation Dublin, Walk Dublin, and many many others..thanks to all.


Digital Day survey was taken on site and online – survey via Delve Surveys – results .

We also had the vibes of female Ireland (on International Women’s Day)

We had a few Tech Talks on the day – Adam Bargroff, Innovation Academy, James Whelton (Coder Dojo), James Eggers (Vibes of Ireland) and a group of Digi Women.

The Digital Hub ran digital workshops all day

Digital Day at the Digital Hub

Some pics of the day…

More updates to follow:::

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