Rapid Response wins ‘Digital Changemaker’ Award

Roscommon Town who were the Digital Changemaker award winners pictured at the “Winners of .IE Digital Town Awards 2022 announced at a virtual gala event by Minister Damien English. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Roscommon Rapid Response was announced as winner in the Digital Changemaker category in the second annual .ie Digital Town Awards which took place virtually one Wednesday, June 8th.

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English was in attendance at the awards, where the overall award went to Pilltown in Co. Kilkenny.

  As winner in the category of Digital Changemaker, Roscommon’s ‘Rapid Response’ won a prize of €8,500 for its use of digital technologies to facilitate its ambitious aim of enabling people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac event in the local area, to achieve the highest survival rate in Ireland.

Piltown in Co Kilkenny was announced as the overall winner with the judging panel commending the community for its “extraordinary resolve and determination in putting their town on the digital map”.

Congratulating the high calibre of entries, Minister English said: “The awards are an important annual event that recognise the remarkable efforts made by our local digital champions who are determined to futureproof the places where they work, rest and play. The bar this year has been set exceptionally high, with many inspiring examples of digital leaders in our communities that are transforming local life and society in innovative and creative ways”.

Commenting on the awards, .ie Corporate Communications Manager Oonagh McCutcheon said: “At .ie, we hope that Roscommon (Rapid Response), and all of our winners and nominees, can become an inspiration to other towns and communities around the country and, ultimately, help to breathe new life into local communities through demonstration of novel and innovative ways of using digital tools.

“What we have seen are outstanding examples of how communities and digital leaders have stepped up and adopted new ways of thinking and doing, helping their towns and communities to not only survive but thrive”.