What’s happening in the Hub?
The kick-off meeting for the 3-year EU Ploutos pilot was held on Oct 22nd and 23rd where 33 partners from different countries were introduced to each other (online!) and learned more about the many different levels of expertise that will be made available through this project. The first step is to establish a Ploutos Innovation Academy where a panel of experts in sustainable business model development, technological innovation and social, environmental and economic impact assessment will be formed. All of the Sustainable Innovation Pilot (SIP) groups, of which West Kerry is one, will work with the academy for the duration of the project to leverage this expertise for their communities. There are eleven SIPs in total including wheat producers from Italy exploring new insurance mechanisms, fruit producers from Greece developing technology to support proof for CAP payments, the French crowdsourcing co-operative C’est qui le Patron (Who’s the Boss?) empowering over 4,000 producers and 14 million consumers and a Slovenian pilot to develop a soil passport for soil health and sustainability. We will all work with the newly formed academy in the coming months to design our respective pilots for maximum benefit and impact in our communities. It is worth noting that there were 21 applications to this fund of which 7 reached the minimum threshold and only 3 were selected for funding so it is a wonderful opportunity to have all of this knowledge and expertise at our disposal – it’s just up to us to make the most of it now! Those who wish to pre-register their interest can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and many thanks to all of you who have already done so. We will keep you informed as work progresses and as we gain further understanding of the appropriate time for people to become involved.
Beidh Seachtain na hEolaíochta ar siúl an tseachtain seo chugainn, 8-15ú Samhain, agus tá áthas orainn a rá go mbeidh na Hack Aeráide ar súil arís i mbliana leis na scoileanna. Beidh innealltóirí fuinnimh áitiúla Dónal Ó Céilleachair agus Sam Moriarty ag cabhrú le daltaí scoile Chiarraí chun réitigh á fháil ar dúshlán ó thaobh fuinnimh inathnuaite, téamh tithe agus iompar. Anuaraidh, thóg Coláiste Íde, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne agus Meanscoil Nua an Leith Triúigh páirt san hack pílotach. Beidh an Hack ar fáil do na scoileanna go léir i gCiarraí agus Corcaigh agus beidh tacaíocht ar-líne ar fáil ó na innealltóirí agus na saineolaí MaREI i mbliana. Tá tuilleadh eolas agus clarú ar fáil anseo: https://www.marei.ie/science-week-cork-science-festival-2020/
Science Week will run next week from 8-15th November and we’re delighted that the Climate Hacks for schools will take place again this year – albeit in an online form. Local energy engineers, Dónal Ó Céilleachair and Sam Moriarty will guide Kerry students as they develop solutions to address renewable energy, home heating and transport challenges. Last year, Coláiste Íde, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne agus Meanscoil Nua an Leith Triúigh took part in the first pilot run of the Climate Hack and this year it is now expanded to enable all Kerry and Cork schools to take part. Support from the engineers and MaREI energy experts will be available online this year. Further information and registration can be found here: https://www.marei.ie/science-week-cork-science-festival-2020/
A reminder that Level 5 restrictions means that the Dingle Hub is closed to all except those who are dependent on broadband connectivity to provide essential services for the duration of the Level 5 restrictions. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in the near future when possible and in the interim we will continue to work online to support our remote working and learning community on the Peninsula. It is in all our power to change the course of this virus so if we can double down, keep our distance and stay vigilant on sanitisation measures then hopefully we can all return to a more flexible level of restrictions in the near future.
Have you recently started working from here? Are you considering a part-time or permanent move to the Dingle Peninsula? Are you self-employed, remote working or a start-up business? Perhaps you are in a position within your business to bring remote working opportunities with you and build a team from here? We want to hear from you!! Please connect with us at email@example.com and help us build a vibrant, diverse and dynamic community and network. It’s not necessary to need a physical desk or office space (and indeed we can’t offer this for the duration of Level 5 restriction) in the hub to be part of this wider community. We’d also love you to connect with us on social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook.
Fánaigí slán, sábháilte.
Stay safe and well everyone.
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The Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub is a Community Enterprise supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Dept of Rural and Community Development through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, eir, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry Co Co and the Dingle Chamber Alliance.