We have been working on our new website for several months now and the go live date is next Monday, 12th November so please visit www.dinglehub.com next week and you’ll find lots of information on the many projects underway. As I mentioned in the previous issue, one of the projects is a Dingle Peninsula Energy Master Plan to determine how much energy we are currently using and then provide an energy efficiency roadmap for the Peninsula. As a community, we will need to provide information in relation to our current energy usage for this master plan and you will find the link to the survey for this on the front page of our new website. We urge people to get involved to help build an accurate picture of the energy we use today.

We held the kick-off meeting for the Young Advisory Board to the Dingle Hub on the weekend of the October Bank Holiday and it certainly confirmed the wealth of young talent that we have always suspected is among our school leavers and recent graduates. We shared future development plans for the Dingle Workhouse with this group along with opportunities that we see for new enterprise and employment in the area. To our delight, they have eagerly taken on the task of sharing this information with everyone and you can expect to hear from them very soon in many different ways! If you would like to know more about this group and get involved, please contact info@dinglehub.com.

Thanks to support from Clár Techspace, who provided the tickets and a bus for the day, we were given the opportunity to take a number of our young animators and coders to ESB Creative TechFest in Google HQ last week. So what is a Creative TechFest? It was an event celebrating young people’s technology achievements with awards, entertainment from our very own local band Tógra, inspirational speeches including one from Ciara Judge (who has won just about every youth science award there is on the planet) and a series of very engaging workshops, all set in the uber cool surroundings of the Google building. A great experience and one we hope to repeat in future years with awards for the many animation and coding projects we are currently working on.

Remember Coder Dojo sessions will resume again this Friday, 9th November. Thanks again to sponsorship from Clár Techspace, we have some great new equipment which will allow our coders to get creative with Scribble Bots and build banana pianos, games and much more with Makey Makey boards. Add that to programmable drones and Raspberry Pi projects and we have our very own techfest here in Dingle!