Search begins for Ireland’s top ‘silver surfer’

Pictured: Marie O'Gorman and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte at te launch of the 2014 Silver Surfer Awards

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20 May 2014 | 0

Google and Age Action are once again joining forces for the 2014 Silver Surfer Awards

This year’s competition, open to the over 50s, has five categories: New to IT; hobbies on the Net; IT tutor of the year; the Google silver surfer award; and the golden IT award

Last year’s overall winner was 61-year-old Spotify user David Lowen from Greystones, Co Wicklow. Since winning the award, David has embarked on a digital photography course.

Sinead Gibney, social action manager, Google said: “This is now the fourth year of our partnership with Age Action on the Silver Surfer Awards and every year it has continued to grow at an impressive rate. Last year we had over 200 entries, the highest number we have ever received and we hope that this will continue in 2014. The online world is a place that everyone should feel comfortable with and enjoy and by honouring some of Ireland’s best examples of Silver Surfers, we hope that many more older people will be encouraged to get online.”

Robin Webster, CEO of Age Action, added: “Through our experience teaching thousands of first-time users how to use a computer and get online, we have seen the transformative effect which new technology has had in dramatically enhancing the quality of older people’s lives. However, some older people are still fearful and hesitant about signing up for a class. We hope that by highlighting the achievements of this year’s Silver Surfers we will encourage many more people to enjoy the benefits of the online world. We would urge people to nominate an older person who uses technology, not only to acknowledge their achievements, but also to inspire many more older people to ‘take the plunge.”

The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer until 5 of October 2014 and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 20 October at Google Headquarters in Dublin.

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