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Northwest Connects: a conference for people starting up or restarting business

Northwest Connects logo

This logo was a collaboration between Open Coffee Sligo members Justin Knecht and Eddie Johnston

We’re getting really excited about the Northwest Connects event… in TWO WEEKS!

28 November 2009; 9.30-5pm at the Innovation Centre at IT Sligo

The event is free attend, but registration is required. Register: http://nwc09.eventbrite.com/

What is Northwest Connects?

A day long conference with talks, presentations, discussion and workshops to share expertise about starting up and running a business. Hopefully lots of business to business opportunities will arise from the event.

A collaborative effort

Schedule draft

The schedule has 20 minute speaker slots, two discussion panels, a networking activity and special 5x5 sessions to allow people to sign up to give a brief talk on the day, BarCamp style.

This event is being organised by Open Coffee Sligo members. Many people have made a contribution to planning and coordinating this event.

Denise Rushe & Aoife Porter are taking care of marketing and PR, getting this event into the papers, and getting the word out. Denise even started a NW Connects LinkedIn group & event listing, a facebook group: Northwest Connects, and Twitter @nwconnects! She’s been busy!

Eddie Johnston did the website, Justin Knecht designed the logo (Eddie added the cool dots map in the back). I’m (Heather James) working on the layout of print materials & volunteer wrangling. Kevin Peyton has organised the group panel discussion, and he’s going to chair it. Anne Louise O’Donovan, Aidan McKenna and Feargus Callagy are helping coordinate streams, and communicating with speakers. Anne Louise has also stepped in since last week to crack the coordination whip and keep us on our toes as we enter this home stretch.

Thanks to the sponsors

The reason we can offer this event for free is because of the sponsorship by WDC/Lookwest.ie, Sligo County Enterprise Board, AIB, Infacta and our hosts, The Innovation Centre at IT Sligo.

We’re really looking forward to the event. Please tell anyone you think who might be interested.

The Moonriver Cruisecamp: a stellar event

#CruiseCamp is officially underway on Twitpic
(photo by Johnny Beirne)

The first ever CruiseCamp (like a BarCamp, but with more water) was lots of fun last night. (Edit:) It was held on the Moonriver Cruises based in Carrick on Shannon.

Thanks to Leitrim County Enterprise Board and Johnny Beirne for organising.

Thanks to the other sponsors as well:

Leon Quinn – Reverb Studios
James McLoughlin – Absolute Safety
Stephen Hennessy – The Country Cooking Company

What I learned at Cruise Camp

I also learned a few things about event organisation which we can apply to future events like the proposed Northwest Connects event.

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