Gráinne Dwyer is a graduate of MIC (University of Limerick) with a Research Masters on Community and Rural Development, and was Postgraduate President of the Students Union. She studied for a year in Melbourne and Spain as part of an Erasmus and an international exchange programme. During her Postgraduate degree she lectured in University of Limerick and MIC on topics such as GIS mapping, SPSS statistics, and other programmes which ignited an interest in technology. Gráinne has worked on a number of EU projects including a pan European INTERREG IV project amongst others.
Gráinne was listed as the Irish Independent's '30 Under 30 shaping Ireland's future' in 2016.
Currently, Gráinne Dwyer is CEO of the Ludgate Initiative in Skibbereen which has recently launched a co-working hub with one of the fastest broadband connections in the country. The €1 million, 10,000 sq foot state of the art building has attracted Start Ups from LA, Chicago and London. The Ludgate Hub is now being used as a case study for Europe on how to rejuvenate rural coastal communities, a group of EU delegates will visit the hub in September. The Ludgate initiative is an award winning project which aims to highlight rural Skibbereen as an exemplar '1Gigabyte Town'. Gráinne spoke at the European Commissions Digital Assembly on the project in Bratislava in 2016.
Gráinne is also co-organiser of National Digital Week a digital focused conference which aims to explore opportunities for digital in rural areas. The conference ran for the first time last year with over 1,600 attendees and 80 international and national speakers. Over the last 12 months Gráinne has worked with her team to raise nearly €700,000 in sponsorship deals and support. She is also a recipient of the Cork Conference Ambassador award in 2015, and the Ludgate initiative has also been awarded the Cork Business Award in 2016.
Twitter: @GrainneDwyer or @LudgateIreland