I have had the great pleasure over the last few months of working with Cork Institute of Technology as group facilitator with the Creative Digital Network Cork (CDNC).
The CDNC enables networking opportunities among companies, start-ups and academics engaged in the digital industry in Cork. It is an output of the Interreg IVC Medi@tic project and is supported in the region by Cork Institute of Technology and Irish Design 2015.
The group was officially launched by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, in February 2015. Since then it has continuously grown and now has almost 60 members from throughout Cork City and County.
CDNC members come from a variety of digital backgrounds, including web development and design, TV and film production, video game design and development, animation, motion graphics, apps design and development, and PR and Journalism.
The ethos of the group is to facilitate the sharing of ideas, research and business opportunities through organised industry events, as well as across its online platforms – CDNC Website, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
As part of my work with the group I had the please of meeting many of the members, hearing about their businesses and helping them to connect with other members and relevant industry influencers. I also attended the Startup Gathering and Digital Week Skibbereen on behalf of the group.
Through the CDNC we hope to promote Cork as a digital hub and an attractive region in which to do business. From this perspective, we have connected with Enterprise Ireland, Cork Innovates and Cork Smart Gateway and hope to work together in securing our vision for Cork.
My tenure as group facilitator is, unfortunately, coming to an end. I will, however, remain an enthusiastic member of the group and I look forward to being part of the future success of the Creative Digital Network Cork.
Further details on the CDNC is available from its website www.cdnc.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org