Community and education groups showcased their technology projects from Podcasting to Facebook, Skype to Youtube. Michael O’ Regan from St. Munchin’s Community Development Project was one of a group of keen ‘silver surfers’- all over 65’s and from all over the city - who were demonstrating how to “google”, “email”, “skype” and “you-tube” with the best of them. . Michael explained why he got involved in this event: “if people only got a chance to see what computers can do and they get started they would find them really useful”. Michael explained his particular interest was podcasting “Podcast is a word you will hear a lot if you listen to the radio” explained Michael “simply put it is a version of a radio show that is put up on the internet, and you can listen to old Gerry Ryan and Ray Darcy shows if you missed them.”
What made the day unique was that it gave community groups and learners a chance to rub shoulders with technology giants and it showcased the capacity of community groups to get the best from new technologies: From Youthreach participants (pictured) involved in film production to VTOS learners producing digital displays; from the latest in interactive classroom technology to the launch of Sonys latest psp game ‘littlebigplanet’; from the ‘how to do almost anything online ’ interactive displays to the numerous digital technology workshops, the fair really had something for all tastes. The involvement of Munster Rugby with a Munster Rugby interactive stand, special guest Shaun Payne and the opportunity for all present to get their picture taken with the Heineken Cup helped to ensure that many people who might not always come to a technology fair came along on the day.