Jan 02, 2019

The Digital Hub progresses plans for digital technology quarter during 2019

After a strong 2018, sub clusters now emerging in connected health and creative digital media. At the same time, a masterplan for 2.6 acre ‘Windmill Site’ currently being developed.

The Digital Hub, Ireland’s largest and most established cluster of technology, digital media and internet companies, sees 2019 as a pivotal year in which its vision to create a diverse and creative digital technology quarter in Dublin 8 gathers momentum. The emergence of creative digital media and healthtech enterprise sub-clusters within the campus is set to continue and build on the existing companies from these specialist sectors already located in The Digital Hub. 2019 will also see the development of a masterplan related to a 2.6 acre site on the lands of The Digital Hub known as the ‘Windmill Site’.

 

This follows a year in which nine companies within The Digital Hub scaled their presence taking on additional office space and eight new companies moved into the campus. Last year also saw The Digital Hub introduce new initiatives such as an Artist-in-Residence programme and a series of public digital art exhibits.

 

According to Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub: “2019 will mark a new chapter in the continued evolution of The Digital Hub. We are very excited about the mix of companies we now have at The Digital Hub and in particular the emergence of a cohort of companies from both the creative digital sector, including Gingerbread Animation and CB Media, and companies from the healthtech space including patientMpower and Neuromod.

“Ten percent of our cluster is now comprised of healthtech companies and our ambition is to continue to grow this sub-cluster and to run a number of connected health events for the benefit of these companies throughout the year. At The Digital Hub, we remain determined and committed as ever to develop a diverse and creative digital technology quarter in Dublin 8 that will have a tangible positive social and economic impact on the historic Liberties area of Dublin city.”

2019 will see work progress on the development of a masterplan for The Digital Hub’s 2.6 acre ‘Windmill Site’, located on the northside of Thomas Street, Dublin 8. The site incorporates the well-known landmark of St. Patrick’s Tower and two of The Digital Hub’s flagship office spaces, ‘Digital Depot’ and ‘The Grainstore’. Work on the masterplan for the ‘Windmill Site’ will be conducted on a phased basis with the initial focus on completing a cost benefit analysis and feasibility study for the site. It is expected that the masterplan will be concluded by the end of 2019 and will likely comprise of a mixed-use development including potential for a public space amenity.

In its outlook statement for the coming year, Mac Conghail also highlights how The Digital Hub cluster continues to experience a growing demand from within its base of enterprise companies to support their need to scale while remaining in The Digital Hub. Last year alone, nine companies on the campus expanded and took up additional office space. This trend of enterprise scaling is expected to continue as tech companies enjoy a period of growth over the coming 12 months.

Following the expansion of existing companies based within The Digital Hub, the cluster now numbers over 70 established businesses, employing almost 750 people as at the beginning of January 2019. In the past 12 months, eight new companies moved into The Digital Hub.

Among the new companies who have now moved to The Digital Hub during 2018 is Full Health Medical, a healthtech company that was established in 2011. The company which currently employs twelve people including five located at The Digital Hub, has developed a software platform for preventative healthcare, converting complex medical data into easy to understand reports with a personalised action plan for individuals to prevent and manage serious illness.

Commenting on her company’s move to The Digital Hub, Dr Ann Shortt, Medical Director and Co-Founder of Full Health Medical said: “The Digital Hub is an excellent location for many reasons. The facilities on site are first class and it is great to see other digital health companies based here also. This cluster of specialist companies helps to keep us informed and allows us to spark off one another. Our proximity to St James’s Hospital and the relationship that The Digital Hub has established with them is another factor that is highly likely to deliver value to our business into the future.”

Other companies of note to have moved to The Digital Hub in 2018 include Black Shamrock, a fast-growing games development company specialising in strategy and role-playing games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, a US e-procurement specialist firm PunchOut2Go and Ireland’s largest independent film distribution company Eclipse Pictures.

The Digital Hub currently has just over 70,000 sq. ft of useable office space located across nine buildings, with a current occupancy rate of approx. 85%.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

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About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Home to over 70 established businesses and employing almost 750 people, The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Sonru and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet and Software AG are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute. The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is also based at The Digital Hub.

Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack, Stripe, TIBCO and VSware.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners. For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. Further information is available at: www.thedigitalhub.com or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.