Intel open Dublin computer clubhouse
TECHNOLOGY giant Intel joined Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to open a new ?250,000 computer clubhouse yesterday aimed at closing the digital divide between the local community and the emerging high-tech quarter of Dublin's south inner city.
Mr Ahern said the clubhouse "provides cutting edge technology, mentors, and a creative and safe environment for young people to learn new skills and explore their imaginative ideas."
The new facility, run in tandem with near-by technology hot-house MediaLab Europe (MLE) near the Guiness brewery, will offer local youth projects access to a range of state-of-the-art computer facilities and includes a high-tech music studio.
A team of volunteer IT mentors working with the South West Inner City Network is supporting the clubhouse which works with 10 local community groups.
Principal MLE researcher Gary McDarby said the new clubhouse was "about lowering the walls around MLE and engaging the community around us. This is about expanding individual potential through innovation and working with the community."
Intel Ireland general manager Jim O'Hara said the clubhouse was part of a five-year $32m worldwide drive by the company to build a network of up to 100 such clubhouses.
The multinational has already provided the seed capital for an existing project in Blanchardstown and might consider further projects in Ireland, Mr O'Hara continued.
All clubhouses can interact via the net.