Pictured at the Mansion House, Dublin are (l-r) Bernie Kinsella, CEO of international shipping service WorldBOX.ie, and Bobby Kerr, entrepreneur, broadcaster, and chairman of Insomnia Coffee.
Bernie and Bobby are part of Ireland’s Internet Day 2016, hosted by the IE Domain Registry (IEDR). The half-day SME event will take place in the Round Room at the Mansion House on Thursday, 27 October to coincide with international Internet Day.
This year’s event brings together a host of Irish and international entrepreneurs and digital innovators to cover topics including the e-commerce opportunity, transforming the customer experience using digital tools, and how to tap into the increasingly lucrative digital marketplace. It will also address the barriers keeping SMEs offline, such as time, cost, skills and broadband.
Ireland’s Internet Day 2016 will be officially opened by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, with keynote addresses from Emma Sinclair MBE (at 29, Emma was the youngest ever person to float a company on the London Stock Exchange), Allister Frost (former head of digital marketing strategy at Microsoft), Jorij Abraham (director of research and advice at Ecommerce Europe) and Sïmon Saneback (award-winning Swedish entrepreneur).
Other contributors on the day include Avoca, The Organic Supermarket, Brandtone, Laundr.ie, WorldBOX.ie, Bizimply, Samm.ie and UK and Irish dog-sitting app, BorrowMyDoggy.
The event is moderated by entrepreneur and broadcaster Bobby Kerr.
David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “More and more Irish SMEs are making the leap online and benefiting from e-commerce and online engagement with their customers. It’s a positive trend that is continuing, but a significant cohort of SMEs remains offline with no intention of building a website in the near future. Many aren’t aware of how being online can drastically improve their business and others feel like they don’t have the skills to do it.
“At Ireland’s Internet Day 2016, we want to break down these barriers. This year’s event aims to show SMEs how they can successfully develop or build an online presence, scale up their business using accessible and intuitive digital tools, and overtake the competition by learning from businesses and entrepreneurs that have been there and done that.”