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ConnectedHubs.ie Community Updates

Presenters: Please log in 15 minutes before the start of the event to test your technology. We will assign you to the green room for this purpose.

Host Liam Horan. If you haven't received Zoom link 24 hours before the event, email info@connectedhubs.ie. You don't need to have a Zoom account to attend - read how HERE

To book one-on-one sessions with the ConnectedHubs.ie IT partners (BaseWorx), go here (Graham) or here (Carol)

Digital Brand Assets for Connected Hubs are HERE

HUBS NOW LIVE ON THE PLATFORM: 236


Friday, 3 JuneMay (2-3pm) - and fortnightly thereafter

UPDATES: Stephen CarolanNews; Pauline Leonard (platform and other updates); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates); Leah Fairman (Marketing).

During the session, we may take photos of our presenters as they present - for social media and other publicity purposes

KEY SECTIONS ON THE PLATFORM: Liam to flag Events; Connected Hubs +; Hub Users Showcase; Digital Brand Assets for Connected Hubs; Our Rural Future Funding Calendar.

PRESENTATIONS: Employers for Change by Claire Hayes. The aim of Employers for Change is to provide an employer disability information service. The service empowers employers with all the information and advice needed to hire, employ, manage and retain staff with disabilities. More info HERE (3 June).

Coming soon: Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second); 

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chair, BaseWorx personnel); Hub Companies & Users NetworkTourist Towns - summer promotions; Marketing (chair, Leah Fairman) + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you).

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...): You got someone in your hub who would like to present?

EXIT POLL (and poll screenshot, David Murphy) & CLOSING REMARKS BY STEPHEN CAROLAN


Friday, 20 May (2-3pm) - and fortnightly thereafter

PRESENTATIONS: This won't be a presentation, as such, but Liam Horan will talk about some ideas we have for developing a network among hub-based companies and users. Email Liam with any suggestions you have - maybe you've already had queries from your companies and users that we can help to resolve with a network-wide response? We are already looking at various supports for start-ups (training, community meet-ups, sectoral meet-ups). We are also working through suggestions that came up in our Hub Users Working Group late last year. Open to suggetions - please get in touch.

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): Creative Spark Downtown Hub, Dundalk (officially opened this week). Coming soon: Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle; Macroom e Enterprise Centre, Catherine Hurley (3 June). 

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...): Philip Larragy from Release, a registered charity that supports ex-offenders to live transformed lives. More info HERE. Release are based in SPADE Enterprise Centre, St. Paul’s, North King Street, Dublin D07 CX22 (May 20).

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chair, BaseWorx personnel); Hub Companies & Users Network (chair, Fintan Kennedy); Occupancy; Marketing (chair, Leah Fairman) + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you).


Friday, 6 May (2-3pm) - and fortnightly thereafter

PRESENTATIONS - 3 minutes per presentation: New Enterprise Digital Advisory Forum - overview by Eoin Costello. This is from Eoin Costello's (Digital HQ, Dun Laoghaire) LinkedIn profile this week: "It was an honour to be appointed yesterday by Minister Robert Troy to represent DigitalHQ on the Government's 'Enterprise Digital Advisory Forum'. I met with Minister Troy, who is leading the Forum as part of Ireland's new National Digital Strategy, at yesterday's inaugural meeting of the forum. Following a competitive call for expressions of interest 15 people were appointed to the new Forum including representatives from IBM, Google, Microsoft, Ibec, a number of Science Foundation Ireland funded academic centres focusing on AI and other business representative bodies." Read more HERE (Posted: 6 May 2022)

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...): Arlene Malone from BixExpo.ie (Arlene is based in the Creative Spark, Dundalk).
Coming soon: Philip Larragy from Release, a registered charity that supports ex-offenders to live transformed lives. More info HERE. Release are based in SPADE Enterprise Centre, St. Paul’s, North King Street, Dublin D07 CX22 (May 20).

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chair, BaseWorx personnel); Small-sized Hubs (chair, TBC); Medium-sized Hubs (chair, Lisa Rowntree); Digitalisation (chair, Eoin Costello); Occupancy (chair, Brian Nerney) + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you).

IN THE PIPELINEBased on recent exit polls, we are planning presentations on the following: Accessing corporate and social responsibility (CSR) funding; Writing funding applications; ConnectedHubs.ie web statistics; blogging on the platform.

Friday, 22 April (2-3pm) - and fortnightly thereafter

PRESENTATIONS - 3 minutes per presentation: Major Remote Working survey (Deirdre Frost, WDC). "The WDC, in partnership with NUI Galway are launching our third annual (and fourth overall) national Remote Working Survey 2022 next Monday, 25 April. This survey has become a key national source of information and insight on the views of employees on their experience of remote working. The data has been used to inform Government policy on remote working as well as the Right to Disconnect legislation and the development of the Connected Hubs network.   We would urge all to complete the online survey next week and to circulate the link to all colleague and friends they know. Link to be circulated in advance. We are keen to get as many different perspectives as possible, including those who are remote working and those who want to remote work".


European Coworking Assembly (ECA) (Jose Antonio Morales and Regina Dunne, 22 April, plus breakout room on the ECA). More on ECA: HEREHERE and HERE.

Coming soon: Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second); 

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): The newly opened co:worx in Edgeworthstown (Luiz Roque, manager). We are also looking at showcasing excellent hub websites. If you've a suggestion (of your own hub or someone else's), let us know. Coming soon: Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle.

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...): Dylan Holland, Plus Promotions (they're based in The Ludgate Hub, Skibberreen) - 22 April.
Coming soon: Arlene Malone from BixExpo.ie (Arlene is based in the Creative Spark, Dundalk) - 6 May.

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH  - DAVID MURPHY (just before we open breakout rooms)

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chair, BaseWorx personnel); Small-sized Hubs (chair, TBC); Medium-sized Hubs (chair, TBC); ConnectedHubs.ie Team; Marketing (chair, Leah Fairman); European Coworking Assembly (chair, Regina Dunne and Jose Antonio Morales) + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you).

Friday, 8 April (2-3pm) - and fortnightly thereafter

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): Guided virtual tour of Mix Coworking. Clonakilty, by Rachel Kelleher. Rachel has already recorded this virtual tour and sent this additional info: "If anyone is wondering about how much we managed to do with the grant, as I didn't make that clear, it was a 50% matching grant, so SECAD (South East Cork Area Development) contributed around €26,000 and we also contributed €26,000. We sourced and designed the space ourselves which saved on some costs. If anyone has questions on the renovation project and decisions we made, I'm available M-Th, 8 to 4 pm".  Coming soon: Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle.

UKRAINE - HOW YOU CAN HELP: On our last Connected Hubs fortnightly call, we talked about how the Hubs can support Ukrainian refugees coming to Ireland. Many of the refugees will have come to Ireland with very little. They will need access to IT equipment, broadband and a space to connect.  They may want to get in touch with relatives, research supports, or look for work.  If you would like to get involved, please complete our survey HERE. We will pass your offer and information on to the organisations supporting the refugees.

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...): Any of your hub companies like to avail of the opportunity? Coming soon: Dylan Holland, Plus Promotions (they're based in The Ludgate Hub, Skibberreen) - 22 April. Arlene Malone from BixExpo.ie (Arlene is based in the Creative Spark, Dundalk) - 6 May.

PRESENTATIONS
1. Free energy audits (up to a value of €2,000) for privately owned hubs, presenter Stevie Donnelly, Sustainable Energy Community co-ordinator in IT Sligo for the West and Border region (we have breakout room on this topic too);
2. Info. on Tech Apprenticeships in three streams - Software Development, Network Engineering & Cyber Security - apprentices may be based in local hubs in the north-west as part of their training. Companies, including hub-based companies, all over Ireland can put apprentices through this programme (presenter Declan Foley, MSLETB). 
Coming soon: Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second); European Coworking Assembly (ECA) (Jose Antonio Morales and Regina Dunne, 22 April, plus breakout room on the ECA); 

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chair, BaseWorx personnel); Connected Hubs Fund (chair, Brian Nerney); Free Energy Audits (host, Stevie Donnelly); Small-sized Hubs (chair, TBC); Medium-sized Hubs (chair, Lisa Rowntree); + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you).

Friday, 25 March (2-3pm) - and fortnightly thereafter

WE GO ON THE ROAD: We will be broadcasting this event from The Impact Hub at Crann, Ovens, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, to coincide with the official opening of the centre by David Staunton, TD. Official opening takes place at 10.45am - our network event will be at the usual time of 2pm. "We welcome people with disabilities who wish to locate their business in the Impact Hub and be part of an inclusive collaborative community. We have the business and personal supports and the networks that that will help you to succeed," say Crann.

CONNECTED HUBS €5M CALL: Fund details are HERE. See recordings of Info Sessions re the €5m fund HERE. To help you, we have annotated or tagged each of the three sessions, see HERE. The FAQs for the fund are HERE. Information Pack from all exhibitors at recent ConnectedHubs.ie recent Expo are HERE

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): Guided tour of The Impact Hub at Crann, Ovens.  Coming soon: Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle.

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...):  John Ryan, Weekend Away Swap - and also read about his discount for Hub Network members HERE (John is based in The Ludgate Hub, Skibberreen). Coming soon: Dylan Holland, Plus Promotions (they're based in The Ludgate Hub, Skibberreen) - 22 April. 

PRESENTATIONS:  We are supporting Grow Remote's efforts to help Ukrainian workers and companies. Joanne Mangan of Grow Remote will talk about Hire for Ukraine and Remote Ukraine.   Coming soon: Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second); European Coworking Assembly (ECA) (Jose Antonio Morales and Regina Dunne, 22 April, plus breakout room on the ECA); Free energy audits (up to a value of €2,000) for privately owned hubs, presenter Stevie Donnelly, Sustainable Energy Community co-ordinator in IT Sligo for the West and Border region (8 April, we will have a breakout room on this topic too).

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; Connected Hubs Fund; Small-sized Hubs; Medium-sized Hubs; + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you).

EXIT POLL (and poll screenshot, David Murphy) & CLOSING REMARKS BY STEPHEN CAROLAN


Hubs Expo - Friday, 11 March, 2-3pm

As you know, the Department of Rural & Community Development (DRCD) recently announced details of the €5m Connected Hubs Fund 2022. More HERE

 The purpose of the Expo is to assist you as you prepare to make an application for the Connected Hubs Fund – or, indeed, as you plan other, non-fund related, work in your hub.

See Info Pack HERE with full details of all exhibitors

The Expo is scheduled for 2-3pm, but we will allow it to  over-run if it's very busy on the day.     

 At the Expo, suppliers and service providers who cater to the hub sector will host individual breakout rooms, and you, as hub managers, owners and volunteers, can visit any rooms of interest to you.     


Friday, 25 February , 2-3pm  (and fortnightly thereafter)

ZOOM PARTNERSHIP: Photo shoot and meet'n'greet with Harry Mosley, Chief Information Officer, Zoom, to mark Connected Hubs partnership with global platform Zoom to support remote workers across Ireland. Please note, official photos are being taken in Dogpatch Labs today to mark this partnership and will be released at a later date - so please don't take a photo or publicise the partnership until we announce it in full in the next few weeks. If you wish to be in the photo, make sure your camera is on as we will be hiding non-video participants to ensure the backdrop looks the part in Dogpatch Labs. We hope to do this at 2.20pm today - it will take priority, including perhaps even closing down the breakout rooms for a few minutes, if needs be. Thanks in advance for your understanding. 

MARKETING & MEDIA: We are on a major push to build up a bank of good case studies for upcoming marketing and media events. It will be a good chance for your hubs to get some publicity. 

1. Hub-based companies: Any suitable hub-based company you have should download and complete this FORM

2. Hub-based employees: Any suitable hub-based employee should download and complete this FORM

3. Hub managers: We want to build a bank of hub managers available for media appearances.  If that interests you, please download and complee this FORM.

 When completed, they can be returned to liamhoran@wdc.ie. If you have any problem downloading the forms, email Liam and he will send them onto you.


Friday, 11 February , 2-3pm  (and fortnightly thereafter)

MARKETING CAMPAIGN: Allan Mulrooney will give an overview of the marketing campaign, which will be launched on 21 February.

Services offered to hubs by (presenter ), 25 February 

EXIT POLL (and poll screenshot, David Murphy) & CLOSING REMARKS BY STEPHEN CAROLAN

PRESENTATIONS: (strictly three minutes):  The Midland Network of Co-working Facilities - what the network does (presentation by Michael Newham, Business Development Manager of the network; 

MIT’s Innovators Under 35 Europe Festival, one of the world’s most distinguished events honouring young technology pioneers, is coming to Ireland for the first time. On May 19-21, Europe’s brightest innovators will gather in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal - Micheál Ó Duibhir, gteic @ Gaoth Dobhair. More HERE

Coming soon:  Snap.ieLorraine Hollingsworth;Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second); European Rural Coworking Project Map (Regina Dunne is organising this for us); 

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...):  Charlie Boyle, customer experience consultant, based in gteic @ Gaoth Dobhair - Charlie will present on human skills and is also hoping for some guidance from our network.   Coming soon: Anne-Marie Macken of Money Coaching Ireland - "we bring ease to how people USE (understand, spend and earn) money". Anne-Marie is based at the Innovate Communities social innovation hub in Ballymun (February 25).

GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - DAVID MURPHY

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; Small-sized Hubs; Medium-sized Hubs; Connected Hubs Marketing Campaign; + open to suggestions. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic if and when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you. Don’t suffer in silence).

IN THE PIPELINE  Based on recent exit polls, and the findings of our Success Criteria Working Group, we are planning presentations on the following: Accessing corporate and social responsibility (CSR) funding; Writing funding applications; ConnectedHubs.ie web statistics; blogging on the platform; door access systems FAQs.

EXIT POLL (and poll screenshot, David Murphy) & CLOSING REMARKS BY STEPHEN CAROLAN


Friday, 28 January , 2-3pm  (and fortnightly thereafter)

UPDATES: Stephen Carolan (Hub Capacity poll, News, Marketing Campaign, Work Safely Protocol); Pauline Leonard (platform and other updates); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates); Geraldine Crean, DRCD (Connected Hubs fund categories); Media request (Liam) - Hub user 1 – how using a hub and its facilities has helped them grow their business.   Hub user 2 – how using a hub has allowed them to live in a rural area and improve their lifestyle
HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...):  Limor (www.limor.ie) is based in The Mill Hub, Drogheda, and enables users to create podcasts and generate social audio directly from their phones - presenter Shane Monahan.
PRESENTATIONS: (strictly three minutes):  ieDigital Town Awards by Oonagh McCutcheon; Details of NDRC Founder Weekend, virtually, on 18-20 February (presentation by Rosemary Gallagher, Programme Manager, Galway City Innovation District | PorterShed);
BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; Small-sized Hubs; Medium-sized Hubs; Post Covid Plans; + open to suggestions for other breakout rooms particularly in light of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic if and when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you. Don’t suffer in silence).


Friday, 14 January , 2-3pm  (and fortnightly thereafter)

UPDATES: Stephen Carolan (Zoom relationship; governance framework with CEAI; News); Pauline Leonard (platform and other updates); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates); Door Access System - ACT365 integration (BaseWorx).
PRESENTATIONS: (strictly three minutes):  The Laois Collective, by Regina Dunne.  Grow Remote Survey (mapping remote employment - presenter Graham Harron); Coming soon: ieDigital Town Awards by Oonagh McCutcheon (28 January); Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second).
BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; Small-sized Hubs; Medium-sized Hubs; COVID-19 Response; + open to suggestion for other breakout rooms. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic if and when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you. Don’t suffer in silence).
  

Archive from Friday, 17 December , 2-3pm  (and again on Friday, 7 January) 

UPDATES: 'End of year' word from Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO, Western Development Commission; Stephen Carolan (including Funding Streams for staff); Pauline Leonard (platform and other updates); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates).

PRESENTATIONS: (strictly three minutes): Run-through the recent report of the 'Success Criteria' group; Digital HQ Academy going national (Eoin Costello); Sneak preview of work carried out at CoWork Plus An TearmannComing soon: The Laois Collective, by Regina Dunne (7 January). ieDigital Town Awards  by Oonagh McCutcheon; Hub design presentation (fascinating and wide-ranging topic - we have one great speaker good to go, am going to add a second).

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Funding Streams for StaffPlatform/BaseWorx; Small-sized Hubs; Medium-sized HubsOccupancy Rates & COVID-19 Response; + open to suggestion for other breakout rooms. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic if and when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you. Don’t suffer in silence).

First annual Connected Hubs Christmas Party: Thursday, 16 December, 9pm

Archive from Friday, 3 December

PRESENTATIONS: (strictly three minutes) CREW & GMIT Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development (Niamh Costello, CREW), there is a direct hub interest in this new programme (November 26), more inf, including interview with Niamh HEREAnn Graham - Community Finance Ireland, who have supported hubs in Sneem Digital Hub (see video HERE) and IRD Kiltimagh/Cairn Trade Centre (see video HERE), and you can tune into their podcast series HERE Ann has a short poll too with a prize of €100 SuperValu voucher for one lucky person who completes it. You can complete the poll HERE; And, finally, crucially, a 60-second shout on the All-Ireland Hub Summit by Mary Rodgers.

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...):  Johnny Beirne of JohnnyBeirne.com. Johnny is based in The Hive, Carrick-on-Shannon, and is an online coaches course. Today he will talk about how hubs can install hot studios, and will be available in the breakout rooms afterwards for more information. Coming soon:  

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS: (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chairperson, Carol Ho/Keith Killilea, BaseWorx); Small & Medium Hubs (chair, Fintan Kennedy); Occupancy Rates & COVID-19 Response (chair, Lisa Rowntree); + open to suggestion for other breakout rooms. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room - feel free to ask them a question on their topic if and when they arrive in your room. If room is half empty, or your topic is exhausted, you can move to another room (either move yourself, or leave your room to come to main hall and we will move you. Don’t suffer in silence).

Archive from Thursday, 18 November (Covid response meeting) 

Opening contributions by Stjohn O'Connor (Department of Rural & Community Development) and Stephen Carolan (WDC/ConnectedHubs.ie) 

Overview of this week's survey findings on hub opening/capacity: David Murphy (WDC/ConnectedHubs.ie) 

Working Safely Protocol is an important reference document. See HERE

UPDATES: Word of welcome (Stephen Carolan); Pauline Leonard (Connected Hubs update); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates). 

Managing Social Distancing in Common Areas (Chair Trish Walsh, Note-taker Barbara Nolan) 
Points for discussion: maintaining/reducing spaces in co-working areas; anything else that you feel falls under this heading 

Forms, Documentation - (Chair Regina Dunne, Note-taker Stephen Carolan) 

Points for discussion: Working Safely Protocol, anything else that you feel falls under this heading

Renovation / Improvement Works (Chair Sarah Livesey, Note-taker David Murphy)
Points for discussion: Progress of work; contractors on site; anything else that you feel falls under this heading

Marketing Campaign / Messaging (Chair Alicia Maguire, Note-taker Brian Nerney)
Points for discussion: What to tell users now; what to tell public now; alignment with national campaign; anything else that you feel falls under this heading

Protecting Staff & Customers (Chair David Graham & Notetaker Elma Connolly)
Points for discussion: air quality, cleaning, mask-wearing, anything else that you feel falls under this heading

We can add additional room(s) if required.

After breakout rooms, reports and discussion in main hall. Pauline Leonard (WDC/Connected Hubs) will compile all feedback in the main hall.


NEWS & ITEMS TO FLAG: All news updates are HERE and events HERE

To book one-on-one sessions with the ConnectedHubs.ie IT partners (BaseWorx), go here (Graham) or here (Carol)


Friday, 12 November, 2-3pm (and again on Friday, 26 November, 2-3pm)

Networking Meetup   (Host Liam Horan)

HUBS LIVE ON THE PLATFORM: 160

UPDATES: Word of welcome (Stephen Carolan); Pauline Leonard (Connected Hubs update).

CONNECTEDHUBS +This new section on our site features suppliers and providers who offer services to the hubs sector. The list has been built by direct referrals from existing hubs and also from contacts made directly with ConnectedHubs.ie by providers. HERE

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): To reduce number of presentations in the meetups, we don't have a Here's My Hub this week.

PRESENTATIONS: (strictly three minutes) Presentation by BaseWorx on key stats from the Connected Hubs platform. Podcasting with Mike Knightson (e-Charleville Enterprise Centre); Grow Remote's new onboarding programme (Chapter Onboarding) by Donal Kearney.

Coming soon: ieDigital Town Awards  by Oonagh McCutcheon; Community Finance Ireland, Ann Graham (provisional November 26) - CFI have supported hubs in Sneem Digital Hub (see video HERE) and IRD Kiltimagh/Cairn Trade Centre (see video HERE), and you can tune into their podcast series HEREPresentation on QHubs - the National Quality Standard for Centres and Hubs, led by Community Enterprise Association Ireland (CEAI - formerly NACEC) and in which we are involved on the steering committee (we will do a standalone day for this separate to our Friday events) More HERECREW & GMIT Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development (Niamh Costello, CREW), there is a direct hub interest in this new programme (November 26), more info HERE

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...):  Swyft Technology: Increase leads by up to 200% with the Swyft Technology online estimator - Swyft are based in the Rubicon Centre, Bishopstown, Cork. Presentation by Adrian Casey.

Coming soon:  Johnny Beirne of JohnnyBeirne.com (provisionally pencilled in for November 26). Johnny is based in The Hive, Carrick-on-Shannon.

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS(30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chairperson, Carol Ho/Keith Killilea, BaseWorx); Large Hubs (Pauline Leonard); Small & Medium Hubs (Barbara Nolan); Current Occupancy Rates (chair Brian Nerney); Branding/Marketing (chairperson, Fintan Kennedy); Podcasting (Mike Knightson) + open to suggestion for other breakout rooms. We will assign further chairpersons prior to opening the breakout rooms. Guest presenters on the day are likely to move from room to room.

EXIT POLL & CLOSING REMARKS BY STEPHEN CAROLAN

Friday, October 29th, 2-3pm (and again on Friday, November 12th, 2-3pm)

UPDATES: Pauline Leonard (Connected Hubs update); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates).

NEWS & ITEMS TO FLAG: All news updates are HERE.

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): The Waterside Hub at Scotstown Business Centre (Padraig Sheridan). Coming soon: open to suggestions.

PRESENTATIONS: Upcoming Connected Hubs marketing campaign by Allan Mulrooney (5 minutes); LEAPS Programme by Lisa Rowntree of ACE Enterprise Park, Dublin 22 (3 minutes).

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...):  Bowsy: why not let qualified students prepare your business plan, create your website, manage your SEO, or make your Shopify store? - Bowsy are based in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, Dublin (Helena Sweeney).

Coming soon: Swyft Technology: Increase leads by up to 200% with the Swyft Technology online estimator - Swyft are based in the Rubicon Centre, Bishopstown, Cork (November 12); Johnny Beirne of JohnnyBeirne.com (provisionally pencilled in for November 26). Johnny is based in The Hive, Carrick-on-Shannon.

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS(30 minutes - please note that we are introducing two new rooms this time for Large and Small & Medium Hubs): Platform/BaseWorx (chairperson, Carol Ho, BaseWorx); Large Hubs; Small & Medium Hubs; Branding/Marketing (chair Allan Mulrooney, WDC/Connected Hubs); Governance Request for Quotation (Stephen Carolan). + open to suggestion for other breakout rooms. We will assign further chairpersons prior to opening the breakout rooms.

HUBS LIVE ON THE PLATFORM: 157


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Friday, October 15th, 2-3pm (and again on Friday, October 29th, 2-3pm)

Networking Meetup   (Host Liam Horan)

UPDATES: Pauline Leonard (Connected Hubs update / one-to-ones with BaseWorx / Connected Hubs Newsletter); David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates).

NEWS & ITEMS TO FLAG: All news updates are HERE.

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): None this week as we have a number of presentations below. 

PRESENTATIONS: Hub Insurance Overview with Fintan Kennedy (Secretary, Aclare Hub, Co. Sligo - Fintan works in insurance and established the affinity scheme with FBD for Grow Remote); eInvoicing for Communities, an EU funded action aimed at simplifying the adoption of eInvoicing using community-based models in Ireland (Trish Walsh, Hub Manager South Sligo Enterprise Centre / An Chroi).

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes - strictly...): Criona Turley, CEO of Capella Workplace Solutions, a software business that focuses on the challenges around the management of teams working hybrid or remotely. Capella are based in the Media Cube at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire.

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx (chairperson, Carol Ho, BaseWorx); BCP's; Current Occupancy Levels; Branding/Marketing; Hub User Showcase/Here's My Hub; Insurance (chairperson, Fintan Kennedy); + open to suggestion for other breakout rooms. We will assign further chairpersons prior to opening the breakout rooms.

HUBS LIVE ON THE PLATFORM: 149

Friday, October 1st, 2-3pm (and again on Friday, October 15th, 2-3pm)

Networking Meetup   (Host Stephen Carolan)

UPDATES: David Murphy (Connected Hubs update; Data & Mapping updates); Insurance poll (in response to some queries, we may run an insurance workshop).

NEWS & ITEMS TO FLAG: All news updates are HERE.

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes): Stream Birr (Caitriona Montgomery) Coming soon: Open to suggestions.

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes): Breda Colgan, Salutem Advice & Training Ltd, who is based in The Junction, Tullamore. 

15 October - Cliona Turley, CEO of Capella Workplace Solutions, a software business that focuses on the challenges around the management of teams working hybrid or remote. Capella are based in the Media Cube at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire.

PRESENTATION: www.digi2market.eu, presented by Seán O Coisdealbha, gTeic @Béal an Mhuirthead. 

Coming soon: Upcoming Connected Hubs marketing campaign by Allan Mulrooney; ieDigital Town Awards  by Ooonagh McCutcheon (October); LEAPS Programme by Lisa Rowntree of ACE Enterprise Park, Dublin 22 (October 29); eInvoicing for Communities, an EU funded action aimed at simplifying the adoption of eInvoicing using community-based models in Ireland (Trish Walsh, Hub Manager South Sligo Enterprise Centre / An Chroi, October 15); presentation by BaseWorx on key stats from the platform; Insurance.

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; BCP's; Post Covid reopening (Stephen Carolan facilitating); Branding/Marketing; Hub User Showcase/Here's My Hub; Rates (George Bulman, Rubicon Centre).

HUBS LIVE ON THE PLATFORM: 149

Friday, September 24th, 2-3pm (and again on Friday, October 1st, 2-3pm)

Our new Funding Calendar page (early-stage work in progress) is HERE - please let us know of any funding programmes that should be included there.

POLLWe aim to support hubs that are re-opening, or expanding their opening arrangements, in the coming weeks as Government restrictions are lifted.To make sure we get the best possible snapshot from hubs, we would be grateful if you could complete THIS SURVEY either before or during this event.

UPDATES: Word of welcome from Dr. Stjohn O'Connor (Principal Officer DRCD); Stephen Carolan (re-opening post Covid), Pauline Leonard (Connected Hubs update) and David Murphy (Data & Mapping updates / auto signatures).

NEWS & ITEMS TO FLAG: All news updates are HERE. Ballyglunin Hub assistance (Stephen). Kevin McShane assistance. 

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes): M-Space Malahide. Coming soon: Open to suggestions.

HUB USER SHOWCASE (3 minutes): Yang Tong, Founder of My Cloud PA, An integrated small business app that creates efficiencies, cuts costs, and saves time: Tong's business advocates for the ditching of the spreadsheets, Improving cashflow and credit , Understanding finances at-a-glance, Contactless transactions on-the-go and Embracing paperless. Tong operates from the ACE Enterprise Park, Clondalkin. 
Coming soon: October - Breda Colgan, Salutem Advice & Training Ltd, who is based in The Junction, Tullamore; 15 October - Cliona Turley, CEO of Capella Workplace Solutions, a software business that focuses on the challenges around the management of teams working hybrid or remote. Capella are based in the Media Cube at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire.

BREAKOUT ROOM TOPICS (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; BCP's; Post Covid reopening (Stephen Carolan facilitating); Branding/Marketing; Hub User Showcase/Here's My Hub; DRCD (Stjohn O'Connor).

HUBS LIVE ON THE PLATFORM: 143

Friday, September 3, 2-3pm (and every second Friday thereafter)

If you haven't got Zoom link, email Liam Horan (liamhoran@wdc.ie)  

Networking Meetup   (Host Liam Horan)

You don't need to have a Zoom account to attend - read how HERE

Here's My Hub (3 minutes)The Junction Tullamore, with a passing doff of the cap to their sister hubs, eHive Edenderry and Stream Birr. Presenter Mary Hensey. And let us know if you would like to showcase your hub at a future meetup. 

Coming soon: M-Space Malahide (September 17).

Hub User Showcase (3 minutes): A new feature where a company based in a hub showcase their product or service to the network. If you've a company in your hub who would benefit from doing this, let us know by email. First into the breach is Cynthia Baloula of CB Media, who are based in gteic @ Béal an Mhuirthead

Coming soon: Company from ACE Enterprise Park, Dublin 22 (September 17).

Presentations (5 minutes): Updates from WDC/ConnectedHubs.ie personnel - Pauline Leonard (onboarding), David Murphy (mapping), Stephen Carolan (north-south relations and sundry), Liam Horan (sundry). We are always open to suggestions re presenters - email Liam Horan your ideas. 

Coming soon: Presentation on upcoming Connected Hubs marketing campaign by Allan Mulrooney (September 17); www.digi2market.eu presented by Seán O Coisdealbha, gTeic @Béal an Mhuirthead (September 17); .ieDigital Town Awards  by Ooonagh McCutcheon (October 1); LEAPS Programme by Lisa Rowntree of ACE Enterprise Park, Dublin 22.

Items to flag (3 minutes): Email us any news from your hub that you'd like highlighted at this event. Great piece HERE (scroll to 19 minutes and 8 seconds) on RTE Prime Time last week featuring Dingle Creativity & Innovation Hub. The Hive in Carrick-on-Shannon feature on RTE's Countrywide programme this Saturday (September 4). 

We are hoping to establish a number of working groups at this Friday's meeting, namely: Hubs from the Perspective of Users (already volunteered: Patricia Ryan, Croom Community Enterprise Centre); Hubs from the Perspective of Communities; and  Hubs from the Perspective of Employers (already volunteered Caitriona Montgomery, Stream Birr) (email Liam if you'd like to be on one of these groups, specifying which one). 

Tweet from Dept of Social Protection that might interest you HERE

Anyone got a good legal contact - i.e. a solicitor who knows about the complexity of insurance of hubs? Email Liam if you do.

Network plans (5 minutes): Update from the 'success criteria' working group on upcoming network plans. By the way, our IT partners BaseWorx are available for half-hour 1:1 sessions if you need assistance with onboarding or amending your profile. You can book a time with Carol HERE, or Graham HERE.

Breakout room topics (30 minutes): Platform/BaseWorx; BCP's; Connected Hubs Fund; Post Covid reopening; Desk & Room Pricing; Here's My Hub (The Junction); Hub User Showcase (CB Media); more to be added - feel free to suggest one by email.

Hubs live on the platform: 137



Friday, August 20, 2-3pm  Networking Meetup    

Here's My Hub: gteic @Gaoth Dobhair, Micheál Ó Duibhir.

Presentations: John Evoy (Grow Remote); 

Update from WDC/ConnectedHubs.ie personnel Items to flag: Effective use of Connected Hubs logo and links on your own sites; 

Email us any news from your hub that you'd like highlighted at this event. 

Network plans: At our network meetup on Friday, July 23, a number of people volunteered to work with WDC/ConnectedHubs.ie personnel to develop what we called a 'what success looks like' outline for the network. At this meeting, we will give an update on this. Members: Julianne O'Leary (The Guinness Enterprise Centre);  Trish Walsh (An Chroi); Kevin McShane (Inishowen Innovation); Eoin Costello (Digital HQ);  Joe Kelly (Cairn Enterprise Centre); Ciara Breen (Creative Spark) + WDC/ConnectedHubs.ie personnel Stephen Carolan, Pauline Leonard, David Murphy and Liam HoranLisa Rowntree (Ace Enterprise Park), Clare McEnroe (Edgeworthstown Hub) and Mike Hannigan (Coworkinn) have since volunteered to join this group and we are now working as a group. 

Breakout room topics: Platform/BaseWorx; Branding/Marketing; BCP's; Connected Hubs Fund; Network Plans; Post Covid reopening; More to be added - feel free to suggest one by email.


We are building community and networking functionality within the platform at the moment - until we have it finalised, we will use this page to share relevant information with hub owners and managers. You might find it useful to bookmark this page and keep an eye on it between events etc. This page is not publicly visible on the site.

ORGANISERS: Stephen Carolan, Hubs Project Manager; Pauline Leonard, Atlantic Economic Corridor Project Executive, WDC; David Murphy, Data & GIS Analyst, WDC; Liam Horan, National Hubs Executive, WDC.

SOFTWARE: To get optimal value from our weekly events, please download the latest version of Zoom as we are using a number of features from that version. You can read how to do this here: Zoom Software Update If you don’t get around to downloading it, you can still attend and derive benefit from the event, of course. 

HUB MANAGER SURVEY: August 2021, we have initiated a survey of all Hub Managers & Owners to see what you want from the network. It has been emailed to our manager database, but if you missed it, you can take it HERE 

ATTENDANCES: See all attendances at previous events HERE

ONBOARDING: We now have 128 hubs onboarded onto the platform. If you are not on the platform yet, you fall into one of the following two categories: 

(1) You have completed the National Hubs Network Survey we issued in February, but you haven’t received an onboarding email. If that is your situation, please email info@connectedhubs.ie with your Hub Name, Hub Contact Person’s Name and Hub Contact Email; or (2) You haven’t completed the National Hubs Network Survey. If that is your situation, please complete it here: https://connectedhubs.ie/nationalhubsmap.html

Any queries, please contact liamhoran@wdc.ie

FROM HERE ON YOU WILL FIND THE ARCHIVES FROM PREVIOUS EVENTS

Tuesday, August 17, 2.30-3.30pm: 

Improve Your Profile Workshop 2 (for all hubs already live on the platform). 

(Email Liam if you haven't received the Zoom link)


Thursday, August 5, 2-3pm:  CH Funding Call Networking Event

For all entities who were successful in the recent Connected Hubs Funding Call 

Friday, July 23, 2-3pm - Networking Meetup 

(If you haven't got Zoom link, email Liam and he will send it on)

Presentations / speakers

Stephen Carolan (National Hubs Programme Manager, if available on the day); Pauline Leonard (AEC Project Executive) 

Diarmuid Ó Corrbuí, CEO, Carmichael, 4 North Brunswick Street, Dublin, D07 RHA8. 

Siobhan Finn, National Hub Manager, NACEC

Items to flag (notes): Improve Your Profile Workshop (spelling, book your own venue, complete survey); 'Success committee' (David M); Here's My Hub; Photography costs; Network plans; this page https://connectedhubs.ie/hubs-community-meet-up-and-networking-events.html; the usual PR photo; 

Breakout rooms

NACEC Funding Application;  Platform / BaseWorx;   Branding / Marketing;   Broadband Connection Points (BCP’s); One or two wild cards we may select on the day – or feel free to suggest

BREAKOUT ROOMS: In the event, most people are able to select their own breakout rooms. If you’re not able to, we assign you to the room of your choice. You can decide to leave a breakout room midway through the session by either choosing a new room or hitting ‘Leave Room’ at the bottom right of your screen. If you hit ‘Leave Room’, we will then manually re-assign you to your new breakout room choice.

HERE'S MY HUB (3 minutes - we are strict on the time limit as we have just an hour for the meetup): Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen (Gavin Jeffery). Coming soon: Brian Nerney, The Spool Factory, Boyle.