Wicklows Hub 13, remote working hub takes part in Ireland’s inaugural ‘Digital First’ Day.

Hub 13 Huw O'Toole and Caroline Costigan outside

Hub 13 @Jacksmill, Kiltimon, Co Wicklow is one of 50 Connected Hubs around the country that are involved in Ireland’s first ever Digital First Day. Taking place on November 16th, it’s a nationwide movement to host a range of free events for communities and businesses on the benefits of digital growth to attract investment, remote workers, clients, home buyers etc to their local community and advance sustainable regional development. For more information log onto www.digital-ireland.ie 

Hub 13 with super speed fibre optic wifi opened in 2019 in the offices of a sawmill and joinery workshop. It is the first rural remote working hub in County Wicklow and provides office spaces, dedicated desks, meeting rooms and creative studios in a unique and beautiful setting of 8 acres of rich biodiversity, including a fresh planted forest garden and allotments. Jacksmill housed different trades of wheelwrights, coffin makers, farmers, joiners and carpenters. Now as it adjusts to the digital revolution, it aims to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to live, work and grow in an inspiring and sustainable local environment.

On Digital First day it will host a series of talks on the theme of rural connectivity, smart village development and how digital connectivity can turbo charge rural communities’ success and assist rural life especially small farm diversification. 

It will address the impact of Town Centre First initiatives and how Smart Village will be a large part of LEADER funding in the coming session.

Speakers include Donal Kearney of Grow Remote and representative from the Local Enterprise Office to talk about Trading Online Vouchers and Green Transition Assistance. On the day organisers will highlight local initiatives and how they tie in with Farm Diversification, inter-village connectivity and re-energise our communities.

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