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Dingle and Derry launch digital music challenge

AN internationally acclaimed music series has launched a year-long digital innovation challenge to find the best new technology ideas to incorporate into the series.

The challenge is being delivered in partnership with CultureTECH, the annual digital festival in Derry, and boasts a €10,000 prize fund and the chance to work directly with 'Other Voices'.

The 'Other Voices' music series, produced by South Wind Blows, is filmed each winter at the tiny, historic and very beautiful 200-year-old St James's Church in Dingle, Co Kerry.

Celebrated Irish and international bands and musicians record in-depth interviews and perform unique live sets to intimate audiences.

Submissions are being sought from companies and individuals across Ireland and the UK, with the top six ideas, as selected by an industry panel, being given the chance to showcase their ideas as part of the CultureTECH festival in Derry this September.

CultureTECH festival director Mark Nagurski said: "'Other Voices' have created a really simple brief which outlines the kind of ideas we're interested in.

"Anyone can submit an idea – whether it's already being developed or not – and we'll bring the top six to Derry to tell us more in front of a live audience.

"'Other Voices' will then pick two overall winners, who will receive €5,000 each and the chance to work with 'Other Voices' to develop their ideas further, before heading down to Dingle in December to put them into practice."

Following 'Other Voices Dingle' in December, the two winners will also get the chance to showcase their efforts at a major industry conference in early 2014

'Other Voices' series editor Philip King said the enthusiastic embrace of digital technology and its possibilities has been at the core of 'Other Voices' over the last decade.

"It has been the ultimate enabler in how we platform to the world from our home at the very western edge of Europe – bringing the unique, the local, the intimate musical experience of 'Other Voices' to global audiences. Following on from our recent successes in bringing 'Other Voices' to the UK Capital of Culture, we are delighted to take the next steps on the journey with CultureTECH and Derry.

The deadline for proposals is noon on June 28. Further details and submission forms are at http://culturetech.co/ ovchallenge

Fast track opened for tech graduates

WE hear story after story about Ireland's need for more technology graduates, and the problem is as acute for digital marketing as any other sector.

To that end, the Dublin-based Digital Marketing Institute (DMI) is launching a new course aimed at fast-tracking graduates on the road to employment.

"The very pointed message that we are receiving from the industry is that there is a significant skills gap," says Ian Dodson, chief executive of the DMI.

"As the shift to digital continues apace, organisations are needing to adapt fast and are crying out for intelligent, skilled digital marketing professionals," says Dodson.

Combining three months of expert tuition with a three-month internship, The postgraduate diploma in digital marketing aims to have students skilled and experienced in digital marketing in 180 days and ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities in this area, as it continues to boom.

The course is aimed at graduates, as well as marketing and business professionals, looking to re-skill or improve on their existing skill set.

To cater for the thousands of graduates leaving third-level education in the coming weeks the course is being run full-time over the summer months, starting on June 10.

Full details are available at digitalmarketinginstitute.ie

Irish Independent