Photo above Dan Fahy (27) who availed of local spaces and high speed broadband to work for two international companies from Kinvara, Co Galway.

  • International speaker line up announced
  • Kickstart to Ireland’s smart working community

 Towns and villages around Ireland have until August 25th to avail of the opportunity to host the inaugural Grow Remote conference that will take place on September 27th.

The one day conference, which features speakers from across Europe aims to kickstart momentum around the remote working community in Ireland, with specific emphasis on leveraging it to support the town teams and digital hubs.

Commenting organiser Rose Barrett said “We have a full speaker line up and event management team organised for Grow Remote.  Rather than being predictable and hosting in a city centre conference location we want to be true to the objective of the conference and encourage towns and villages to tell their stories of remote working and to pitch their locality as the venue for the conference.  Events like this typically bring €20,000 in to local communities and all is takes is a simple form on the website.”

Huge interest has already been received from hubs and town teams across Ireland with the closing date of August 25th for submissions.

The first of it’s kind, the conference will play host to remote workers, remote working companies and town groups. The conference already has 10 speakers from across Europe and beyond set to attend.  Speakers will share the latest thinking on the technology, management and opportunities for remote working.  Currently it is estimated that over 216,000 people work remotely in Ireland.

Gabe Karp, Director of Europe at 10up will be speaking at the event as 10up is continuing to grow across Europe said: “We’re excited to be involved with Grow Remote, as a remote digital agency, we believe strongly in the power of remote teams. As we continue to grow, we would love to find great design and engineering talent in Ireland. We need an active community in this space to make that happen and this is a great event to kickstart that”

The emergence and activation of new community spaces across Ireland was a key motivator for this event as they begin to provide the infrastructure needed in the regions to make remote work possible.

Remote working is becoming more of a viable option for large companies. Ryan Mesches of said, “it’s a no brainer for us; we’ve built a huge business with over 23% of our workforce working remote. Hiring remote staff allows us to continue to lead in our market by remaining more agile and flexible – and our employees love it too!”

Town teams are encouraged to apply at before August 25th and winners will be announced late August.

The event is supported by WDC, Bank of Ireland and Abodoo with tickets starting at €30.  More details at

About Grow Remote.

Grow Remote is a community of companies, individuals and town groups who believe that smart working could and should be more accessible across Ireland. You can get involved by sharing case studies, telling us about companies that have great smart working policies, and hosting events around this theme.

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking

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