Creative Momentum targets and supports start-ups and SMEs of one or more persons, self-employed freelancers, social enterprises and recent graduates based in one of the SEED group of councils (Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Ards & North Down Borough Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council).
Creative momentum supports Designers, Architects, Videographers, Publishers, Producers and Engineers in audio and visual disciplines as well as other creative industries to:
Develop their creative and business skills and innovate new product/service ideas by providing mentoring, new online knowledge resources and supporting collaborative product, service and organisational innovation;
Connect with other creatives to develop new opportunities locally, regionally and transnationally by supporting shared spaces, events and gatherings; and
Get their products and services to market by supporting them to attend Trade Fairs and showcase their work online and to the visitor market.
Creative Momentum is funded through the Northern Ireland SEED group of councils and the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Regions Programme (NPA) with partners in Iceland, Finland, Sweden and the West of Ireland.
Digital Ambassadors will inspire and champion young people taking part in the Digital Youth Programme, aged 14 to 18 years old, to get involved in the digital industry and allow the job seekers to meet the job makers with the potential for a short internship!
Meet the Digital Ambassadors below and click on their pictures to read about their career journey!
Managing Partner at Frankly and Co Founder at Ormeau Baths
Managing Director at GCD Technologies
Digital Den Marketing Ltd / Digital Marketing Consultant
Company Director at InterRailingPackages Ltd
Digital Marketing Consultant at Digital By Emma
Creative Industries Innovation Ambassador at the Amma Centre and Owner/Designer at Katie Brown Designs
Telefonica O2 Guru
Cat 1 Store Leader at Telefonica O2
CEO & Chief Diversity Officer at QuizFortune
The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council launched ‘Digital Youth’ earlier this year as a new innovative programme that will encourage and cultivate a digital enterprise culture in the region and enable over 600 students from 12 secondary schools to develop a stronger foundation in digital skills. ‘Digital Youth’ will improve students’ knowledge and understanding of digital technology and widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors.
During each session students are tasked with a digital challenge to design an app aimed at tackling issues within the Borough. The groups pitch their app idea to a panel of Digital Ambassadors who decide on an overall winner!
Let us introduce you to the winners…
St Catherine’s College
A watch that monitors the health of the infirmed and elderly
St Ronan’s College
Cutlery & Crockery measuring calories & nutritional value of food
St John the Baptist
Job on the Go
Job Search app using GPS
Glasses that converts words to subtitles
St Patrick’s Grammar School
Tourism game using GPS
St Patrick’s College
Jobs 4 U
Job Search app that uses GPS
Tandragee Junior High
Hour a Day
Wearable band that as you are phyically active then unlocks gaming console
City of Armagh High School
Kid’s Fitness and Health
The Royal School, Armagh
A kid’s health and fitness product
New Bridge Integrated College
Dromore High School
Tourism App using GPS to inform tourists
An app that you can send your CV to local businesses – businesses pay a subscription to app.
Killicomaine Junior High School
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An important aspect of the Digital Youth Programme is providing students with different pathways, allowing them to develop their interest in the digital sector after taking part in the programme. The Digital Ambassadors have put together the following links for students to explore:
MOOC List | Massive Open Online Courses a complete list of free* online courses offered by the best universities and entities – www.mooc-list.com
This is an innovative entrepreneurship skills programme which aims to inspire the next generation to explore the potential of the Digital Tech Economy across the Borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
The programme aims to give young people an understanding of the breadth of roles and explore the vast range of career opportunities available in the Digital industry within the Borough.
The Digital Youth Programme will allow young people, aged 13 – 18 years old, the opportunity to:
Be Inspired! Digital Ambassadors will inspire and champion young people to get involved in the digital industry allowing the job seekers to meet the job makers with the potential for a short internship
Get Interactive! Young people will get hands-on with the latest digital tech enabling them to widen their career prospects beyond the traditional sectors
Be Innovative! Digital Masterclasses will task the participating young people to come up with the next big idea in a competition that will be showcased both locally and internationally
The Programme aims to position the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area as leaders in cultivating an innovative and entrepreneurial digital economy.
The programme will work across 13 post primary schools in the Borough and engage at least 600 13-18 year old students. During the digital experiences, students will be up-skilled with the knowledge and understanding of digital technology, including the ‘Internet of Things’, enabling them to widen their career prospects beyond traditional sectors. Students with strong interests and aptitudes in entrepreneurship will be encouraged to explore the idea of setting up a digital business of their own in the future.
The borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon is officially acknowledged as the Food Heartland of Northern Ireland, due to the significance of food and drink production and high quality places to eat and drink.
The Food Heartland Forum is targeted at agri-food and drink producers and hospitality providers based in the borough.
The Food Heartland Forum is a unique collaboration between council, local producers, chefs, and stakeholders including Food NI and Southern Regional College who work together to brand the borough and champion local food and drink.
The Forum meets once a quarter and membership is FREE – it’s a great opportunity to network & keep up to speed with what’s happening in the borough and beyond. The only criteria for a business to join is that you must be based in the borough.
Economic Development Officer – Sarah-Jane Macdonald
Council will be launching Growth Driver in summer 2017. Our aim is to assist local business owners use innovation to drive real and measurable growth results, new job creation and sustainability in their firms.