Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tell a digital story - win an i-pad!

Late at night on the Gurn and it's copy and paste time again - where would the old and new media be without the like? The e-mail that sent the press release also stated: "We've included a competition for an iPad as we are keen to hear peoples 'Digital Story' as Nairn makes the transition to the Highlands and Islands first Superfast town."

Digital Showcase event in Nairn on 22nd August.

The Showcase will run all day as a drop-in, so businesses and individuals and encouraged attend for as long or as short a time as they want. It is being held in the Nairn Community Arts Centre.

We will have an exhibition area and a series of short presentations throughout the day where partner organisations will be offering advice on a range of topics, including:

Tablet (iPad) technology in the home and business

iPads for education

Cyber security

eSkills UK business IT guide (a comprehensive online resource launching soon)

Cloud computing

Social media

A Development Partners IT consultant for ad-hoc advice

Nearly forgot had another press release about this one too: 

"Nairn – Superfast Opportunities in the North

Individuals and businesses interested in finding out about the benefits and opportunities of superfast broadband and digital technology are invited to a free event in Nairn.

The Digital Showcase will highlight what the latest technology can do for Nairn, the first town to have superfast broadband in the Highlands and Islands.
There will be IT experts on hand to provide help and support to everyone – from experienced to new internet users. Hosted by Business Gateway Highlands & Moray, in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the event takes place in Nairn Community & Arts Centre from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 22nd.
Theresa Swayne, HIE’s Senior Development Manager for Digital, said: “We want to work with businesses and communities to help them make the most of the opportunities from superfast broadband. The showcase will demonstrate practical advantages, whilst giving people a chance to ask any questions they may have about IT and broadband.”
Donald Mackenzie, Business Gateway Service Manager said: “Having access to superfast broadband will benefit the area, providing residents with an extremely fast way to send and download large amounts of data cheaply. This event not only aims to explain to individuals and business owners the benefits of the technology, it will also demystify Cloud computing, highlight how to tackle cyber security issues and showcase how the technology could be used by local entrepreneurs to increase sales, find new customers and grow their businesses from the comfort of their own home.”

Other organisations which are taking part in the showcase include e-Skills UK, Citizens Online, dot.rural, Glasgow School of Art Centre for Design Innovation, Tourism Intelligence Scotland, Stormfront – Apple Solutions for Learning and e-Skills UK.

IT experts from Development Partners will be on hand to provide advice and the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network will answer questions business may have regarding cyber security.

People are also being encouraged to enter a competition to tell their ‘Digital Story’ and win an Apple iPad.

Anyone interested in attending can find out more and register at or come along to Nairn Community & Arts Centre between 8am-6pm on Wednesday 22 August.

To find out how Business Gateway could benefit your company visit or call 0845 609 6611. Or contact your local office on 01463 713889.

Issued on behalf of Business Gateway by Wave PR. For more information contact Alison Friel or Lauren Mirzai on 0141 225 0400.

Note to Editors:
Highlands and Islands Enterprise - Highlands and Islands Enterprise will be available all day at the event to discuss HIEs regional Broadband and Digital developments (including the Superfast Broadband project and IT engagement programme) and wider HIE opportunities.

Business Gateway - Business Gateway will be on hand to offer practical advice and support to new and existing businesses. You can talk to an experienced business adviser about how to develop your business, identify sources of funding for your plans, book on to one of the business skills workshops available locally, or find out more about the wide range of information, guides and interactive tools on offer. All the support is provided free of charge.

ICT Knowledge Transfer Network - the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) can answer any questions businesses have relating to Cyber Security.

Citizens Online - Citizens Online is a national charity that was set up to tackle the issues of digital inclusion, to make sure that the Internet is available to everybody and to help individuals and communities understand and gain the benefits of being online. If you are not sure what the new technology is all about, want to know how the internet could benefit you, or have questions about staying safe online, then come along and find out more from our team.

dot.rural - is the RCUK Digital Economy Hub focusing on the rural digital economy. Rural areas have specific characteristics that create challenges around issues such as quality of life and wealth creation. We believe that rural areas of the UK can, through the user-led application of digital technology, be more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Our aim is to harness the Hub's expertise with a range of partners to realise this ambition. Funded through a £12M investment over 5 years from the Research Councils UK Digital Economy Theme, dot.rural involves 79 researchers from 11 different disciplines working together to transform rural areas through the user-led application of digital technology.

e-skills UK - Taking our lead from employers, e-Skills UK works with government, IT professionals and training providers to inspire future talent, support IT professionals and help people get the most from technology.

Glasgow School of Art Centre for Design Innovation - is a research centre at the Glasgow School of Art and part of the Design School.

Tourism Intelligence Scotland - is a joint venture developed by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland, in partnership with the tourism industry, to stimulate growth and innovation in tourism.

Stormfront - As a local business, Stormfront will be proud to support the Digital Showcase by demonstrating the benefits of 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning' with iPads. As Apple Solution Experts in Education, Stormfront sincerely believe in the use of technology to stimulate awareness and facilitate learning in the very young to the very old.

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