A number of ticketing options are available allowing delegates to attend the Conference only, the Net Visionary Awards only, or avail of a 20% discount by attending both the Conference and the Awards. Full tables of 10 can also be booked for the Awards dinner also.
|Conference Only – Early Bird*||€195||€245|
|Conference Only – Full Rate||€245||€345|
|Combined Ticket** – Early Bird*||€325||€395|
|Combined Ticket** – Full Rate||€395||€495|
|Net Visionary Awards Only||€250||€250|
|Table (10) Net Visionary Awards||€2,250||€2,250|
* Early Bird tickets are available until 23 April.
** A Combined Ticket includes entry to the Conference on 20 May as well as a place at the Net Visionary Awards ceremony on the evening of 20 May.
20% Regional Discount
Attending from outside the Greater Dublin area? Contact Irene to receive a further 20% discount voucher applied to your choice of ticket or to enquire about Charity and Student rates.
Launched in 2003, The Digital Media Awards were engineered to raise awareness of the emerging digital media sector in Ireland and more importantly to act as a showcase for the varied dynamic works being created by companies and third level institutions across the broad spectrum of categories in Digital Media.
On Thursday 25th of February 2010 the industry will assemble at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry to honour this year’s winners. The annual Digital Media Awards will present awards in 22 categories, to the companies, people and organisations producing the most stylish, creative and pioneering work in their field.
The Digital Media Awards continuously seek to recognise and reward excellence in the Digital Media Sector by introducing new categories, involving more people and generating more press interest with each event. Sponsors include IIA Member Companies The Irish Times, Enterprise Ireland, The Digital Hub and Blueface.
With the Blogging category back for 2010 five new categories have also been introduced to the awards this year to reflect the changes and advances in the Digital Media Industry; Best Web Design/Development Agency, Best in Media, Best in Mobile Internet Innovation, the Viral Event category and the Best innovative start up through Digital Enterprise. Regus, the sponsor of this latter category are offering the winner a fully equipped office in their Cork or Dublin offices.
Click here for a full list of categories and criteria. All entries can all be submitted online and will be open until the 6th of November.
Over 320 guests celebrated the best in business online at the annual IIA & Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Awards held in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Northwood on Thursday 21st May.
Following a three-stage process of nominations from the public, judging by a panel of their peers and voting by the public, 15 winners were announced from amongst 71 shortlisted business people.
The IIA Board choose the Overall Net Visionary winner, awarding this accolade to individuals that they feel have developed a visionary online product or service. Announcing this year’s winner, Maeve Kneafsey, IIA Chair, pointed out that the only limit to Irish companies’ reach worldwide is their imagination: "This year’s Overall Net Visionaries, Ciarán Bollard and Mark French of MUZU. TV, have developed a TV website and distribution platform that shows that world beating businesses can be founded and funded here in Ireland. MUZU TV is an inspiration to the current and future generations of Internet entrepreneurs who know that the Internet means that there are no boundaries on what we can do in Ireland, the only limit being our imagination."
Developing this theme, Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, commented, "This is the third year that the visionary behind a niche application with global appeal has been presented with this award. In 2007 it was Fergus Burns of Nooked.com, and in 2008 Pat Phelan of MaxROAM. Now in 2009 Ciarán Bollard and Mark French of MUZU.TV have been honoured for creating specialised applications that leverage the power and global reach of the internet to create sustainable and scalable businesses."
"We’re really honoured to have received such a prestigious award," said Ciaran Bollard, CEO and co-founder of MUZU.TV. "It’s truly the icing on the cake in what has been an amazing year so far, with a host of new deals with major and independent record labels and accelerated growth in consumers using the site particularly in the U.K. and Ireland. MUZU now has one of the largest music video offerings on the web, covering everything from live concerts, music documentaries and official music videos from thousands of the biggest artists in the world. MUZU continues to receive incredible support from the music industry and advertisers alike and we look forward to building upon these relationships and making the site a global success."
Amongst the winners in the other 15 categories were Puddleducks.ie, a small company based in Carrigaline, Co. Cork. They were nominated in two categories and won the prize in the Best Online Trader category. Aedan Ryan, Director of Puddleducks shared what winning a Net Visionary award means to them:
"As a small home-based business, winning an IIA Net Visionary award means a huge amount to PuddleDucks. There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained from starting up and building up the business to this stage where we have received recognition from peers in the Irish web community. We are honoured to be in the company of so many fantastic examples of Irish enterprise."
Mike Brennan CEO of RateMyArea, a recent start-up, was delighted to win in the Best Social Media Category saying, "We are thrilled that RateMyArea has won the ‘Best Use of Social Media’ category. Our nomination is a testament to our community of Raters and the great local knowledge that they share. They help businesses understand the importance of social networking and being part of the online conversation and that using a website like ours is different to more traditional advertising, which is essentially just shouting at people!"
The Irish Internet Association held the Net Visionary Awards as part of their Annual Congress, allowing business professionals to mix an evening of pleasure with two days of information, advice and networking.
Winners in all 15 Categories below:
|Overall Net Visionary||Ciarán Bollard and Mark French||MUZU.TV|
|Best Business Blogger sponsored by ICAN||Damien Mulley||Mulley Communications|
|Best Business Podcaster sponsored by Hostelworld.com||Krishna De||BizGrowthNews|
|Best Online Financial Service sponsored by DataElectronics||Warren Healy||LocalLotto.ie|
|Best Online Trader sponsored by Realex Payments||PuddleDucks.ie||PuddleDucks.ie|
|Best Use of Social Media sponsored by FBD||Mike Brennan||RateMyArea.com|
|e-Government Award sponsored AIB Merchant Services||Sean Murphy||Xwerx Media Ltd. for GreenWave.ie|
|Innovation Award sponsored by Microsoft||Jacquie Branagan||Births Deaths Marriages Ltd|
|Internet Entrepreneur sponsored by Digital Marketing Institute||Andrew Molony||GreenJobs Ltd.|
|Internet Marketer sponsored by Tibus||Ger Karlsson||DoneDeal.ie|
|Journalist Award sponsored by Elucidate||Emmet Ryan||Freelance|
|Mobile Internet Innovation sponsored by Zapa||Trey Harvin||dotMobi|
|Online Tourism sponsored by Fáilte Ireland||Stewart Stephens||Gulliver InfoRes / GoIreland.com|
|Social Contribution sponsored by IEDR||Ruairí McKiernan||SpunOut.ie|
|Web Designer Excellence sponsored by SitesToGo||Nicholas Merrigan||Newmedia|
|Web Developer Excellence sponsored by dotMobi||Iarfhlaith Kelly||WebStrong for Twission.com|
The Irish Internet Association are delighted to have received 351 nominations for the 2009 Net Visionary Awards. Online nominations closed on Friday 27th March at 6pm. This is the most nominations received for the long running online business awards ever so nominees should expect some stiff competition.
Established in 1997, this year’s Net Visionary Awardswill take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Thursday May 21st 2009. In the interim a panel of judges will review all of the nominations and create shortlists of five in all 15 categories. On Tuesday 14th April 2009 the shortlists will be announced and voting will open to the public. Voting will close on the Friday 1st May and then a nail-biting 3 weeks will ensue for those shortlisted until the big night on May 21st!
This year’s judges are Keith Bohanna, internet consultant and trainer who is also an IIA Board Member; Irene Dehaene, IIA Events Manager; Brendan Hughes, e-Commerce Manager with FBD Insurance and chair of the IIA Social Media Working Group; Shenda Loughnane, Managing Director of ICAN and IIA Board Member; and finally Pat Phelan, CEO of MAXroam and 2008 Overall Net Visionary Award Winner.
The 15 categories cover all aspects of online business and include business blogger, online entrepreneur, best use of social media, web development and design among others. A new category in the awards this year is the Online Tourism Award sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. This award celebrates and acknowledges the work that small to medium tourism enterprises throughout Ireland have been doing, with assistance from the IIA and Fáilte Ireland, getting online and making the most of the internet as a marketing and communications tool for indigenous and overseas customers.
The IIA National Congress 2009, entitled Better Business Online in a Tough Economy: Money, Marketing, Monitoring & Mobile, will also take place on May 21st 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, allowing delegates to mix a productive day of business with a celebratory evening of pleasure at the 2009 Net Visionary Awards.
While there is no rush per se, nominations being open until 27th March, why not do it now before you forget? The next thing you know it will be Paddy’s Day and suddenly the 27th will be upon us and you will be cursing as you try and fill in 15 whole categories in one go. Do them at your leisure. Do one a day. Just do it!
Nominations are now open for the 10th Annual Net Visionary Awards. These awards celebrate exemplary uses of the internet in Ireland. Nominations are welcomed from the public in 15 categories as varied as Best Business Blogger, Web Developer Excellence, and Innovation Award. A new category this year is Online Tourism Award sponsored by Fáilte Ireland which hopes to encourage Tourism SMEs to strive for excellence in their online business.
The process to become a Net Visionary is three fold: firstly nominations are welcomed from the public until 27th March 2009. Then five judges review all entries to create shortlists of four contenders in each category. Finally, from 13 April until 1st May 2009 the public are invited to vote for the shortlisted individual they think should be the Net Visionary in each category.
Fans of the Net Visionary Awards will note that the Awards are taking place earlier this year and are coinciding with the IIA Annual Congress, the premier national conference focusing on doing business online in Ireland. Irene Dehaene, IIA Events Manager, explains why the IIA have decided to bring these two key events together, "As a business association, we felt an event that celebrates online excellence but which includes plenary sessions, workshop style breakout sessions and web clinics reflected the association’s mission and goals. Including the Net Visionary Awards will allow delegates to celebrate the best in Irish business online while learning and networking as well."
Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, encourages everyone to nominate the internet businesses that most impressed them in the last year, saying, "TThe internet offers all businesses in Ireland, regardless of size or sector, opportunities to cut costs, increase effectiveness, communicate clearly and, in some cases, to reach beyond these shores. Reviewing last year’s winners we see that much of their success is a result of having social media and its multiplier effect at their core of their business models. However we also see winners and runners up who are focused on internationalizing their business and who know there is no better way to do this than via the web. Many of our members report that they will continue with their internationalization plans regardless of the economic climate. No doubt we will see many of them nominated in this year’s Net Visionary Awards."
Nominations are now open at www.netvisionary.ie
More salubrious company for the IIA blog in the longlist of the Irish Blog Awards. Do you know, while I’m thrilled that the IIA is featuring, I am even more thrilled that so many members of the IIA are listed amongst these business blogs too. The IIA is all about the business of the internet and business on the internet so it’s great to see so many members getting this kind of recognition. Congrats to all longlisted in this category and in all the others too!
Best Blog of a Business – Sponsored by RedCardinal.ie
- Keith Bohanna
- IIA Blog
- Puddle Ducks
- Icecream Ireland
- Krishna De
- Sabrina Dent
- Peter Donegan Landscaping
- Robin Blandford
- Curious Wines
- Worldwide Cycles
- eWrite Cork
- Fortify Your Oasis
- Brian Honan Consulting
- Blacknight Blog
- Niceday Designs
- Brightspark Consulting
- Nononsense Blog
And what illustrious company in the business blogs category in the Irish Blog Awards! We’re also delighted to see so many of our members being nominated for their business and, indeed, personal blogs. A nomination for an award shows that somebody sat down and chose you over all the other blogs they could have chosen for that category so it’s kudos no matter how the shortlists turn out. So a big thanks to whoever nominated us. It is a great reflection on us and all our guest bloggers.
You can see the entire list of nominations here. Do put some time aside before clicking on that link as you will find yourself being amazed, inspired and riveted to all that is going on in the Irish Blogosphere.
The Irish Internet Association’s Annual Congress will take place on 21-22 May, 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Conference Hotel, Dublin. The annual Net Visionary Awards will also be held on the first night of the conference. This premier event will be attended by over 400 industry professionals.
The audience last year comprised senior managers, decision makers and key industry personnel and the event was a complete sell-out. 38% of delegates at last year’s Congress in Croke Park were C- or Director level. (Watch a video review of last year’s event)
The IIA Congress is unique in that it provides excellent content in an educational and networking environment. Previous keynote speakers come from companies such as Bebo, eBay, Microsoft, Dell, Google, Yahoo, Aer Lingus and Jupiter Research. The format of this 2-day event includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, clinics and ample networking opportunities.
Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, speaking about this year’s theme, commented, "The IIA holds a strong conviction that when times are tough, the internet offers solutions for a broad variety of enterprises. The focus this year will be the potential of the internet to allow businesses to market their products and services, protect and profit from their resources and leverage the latest internet innovations to maximise the opportunities available."
Nominations for this year’s Net Visionary Awards will open mid-February followed by the creation of shortlists created by judges chosen from the Irish Internet sector and culminating in a public online vote. Last year’s awards saw the largest number of nominations and votes than any year previously and the IIA hope that running the two events at the same time will facilitate more companies attending both of these events.
The IIA is currently seeking expressions of interest from amongst its members for the many speaker and sponsorship opportunities that an event like this affords.
More information and updates: www.iia.ie/congress09/
We’ve just finished counting the nominations for the Net Visionary Awards and my how busy you have all been! We received more nominations this year in all categories (especially the new ones :p) than ever before. The judges are going to be busy between now and 29th September!
So a big thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate their Net Visionaries for 2008. The free-to-all aspect of the nomination and voting is an element of our awards that sets it apart from other online business awards and really allows your internet peers to give you the kudos you deserve and for you to get the kudos you have been craving, dreaming about, for which you have been preparing your thank you speech, for which you have dry-cleaned your gorgeous guna/ tux etc.
I don’t know about all of you but I am excited about the Net Visionary awards. Can I sustain this level of excitement until October 30th? Wait til you see me in Christmas mode! 🙂