Harkin Summit Belfast 2022This month we were lucky enough to attend the Harkin International Disability Summit at ICC Belfast. What an amazing two days it was, addressing disability employment issues, showcasing best practice and success, building relationships and challenging for change. We are feeling well and truly inspired by the speakers and proud to be business in NI striving to make a difference.
InterTradeIreland partnership for Digital Sales SupportFollowing on from InterTradeIrelands successful EMERGE programme. DAMGEO have been selected to supply consultancy services for ITI’s new Digital Sales Essentials programme which offers tailored support and advice in a number of areas. Find out more about how we can help you here.
Exciting collaborationWe are thrilled to be working with the prestigious Atlantic Technological University previously known as Letterkenny Institute of Technology on our KLEOS Software: Careers project, more details to follow. A big thank you to Kevin Meehan for arranging this amazing collaboration for us.
New recruit for DAMGEOWe are delighted to announce that Megan Maguire has joined the DAMGEO team. Megan will provide vital subject matter expertise on our KLEOS Software: Careers system. It is great to have you onboard Megan!!
KLEOS Software: Careers Pilot Kick OffFebruary seen the launch of our KLEOS Software: Careers pilot in Northern Regional College. We have had a great response already from their amazing Transition2Work students and look forward to expanding to other groups. A big thank you to the college and staff at the Magherafelt campus for making this happen! Read more from the Belfast Telegraph.
Happy New YearExciting news coming in Q3, look out for our game changing and innovative new app to support young people and employers through the critical job induction process as part of our KLEOS Software: Careers system. More details coming soon on: Induction Pal.
Happy holidaysFrom the team at DAMGEO please have a brilliant time off (if you are lucky to get time off) and put 2021 in the archives – 2022 is going to be class.
3 huge milestones for DAMGEO this monthFirst, we have had our 100,000 completion on our hosted learning systems. That is 100,000 learners have completed a course on a DAMGEO system! Not quite this month, but at the end of October 2021 – we released our 750th hour of online learning content. So if you completed all the online learning we have designed and developed – it would take you over 31 days to complete it – with no breaks or sleep! Finally and perhaps the most significant achievement, is the pilot release of our machine learning component – that shapes learning around people with special needs and provides them with contextual support, motivation and de-stressing based on their interactions with the learning content.
Exciting news, young people have started piloting KLEOS Software: CareersWhat an exciting start to October, our KLEOS Software: Careers pilot is underway at All Saints College, Belfast. We have received amazing student feedback already which will help shape the future direction our system takes:
“I like how the format of questions changed for me, it kept things really interesting”
“I like that it is interactive and you just have to click on the accurate description that describes you the most, unlike other apps”We look forward to seeing what the next few weeks bring with Orchardville and Northern Regional College joining our pilot. Find out more about our new innovative digital careers system here: KLEOS Software: Careers
KLEOS Software: CareersGreat to demo our pilot careers software at Northern Regional College last week. Our innovative digital solution is designed to support young people with ASD into employment. We are looking forward to upcoming demo’s with Orchardville and All Saints College.
Summer 2021After some well earned time off in July, the team at Damgeo are fully recharged and ready to dive into the next few months of 2021! More exciting projects on the way with new and old clients including the DfE, CLC and NICVA.
NICVA & MAXIMPACT Projects LaunchJune seen the completion and the launch of the exciting new MAXIMPACT and NICVA Online Academies. Amazing organisations we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with.
Techies in Residence 2021As the 2021 TECHIES IN RESIDENCE programme drew to a close, we were delighted to attend the Techies in Residence showcase event last week, organised by INNOVATE NI and THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, a great event showcasing the amazing projects on this years Techies in Residence programme. We were delighted to see our project collaborator MID AND EAST ANTRIM AGEWELL PARTNERSHIP successfully securing additional seed funding to take the project further, exciting times ahead!
Launch of fundready.comAfter 1 year of design and development, we are delighted to see the general release of FUNDREADY.COM Working with Simon and Eamonn at S3 as the lead in this project has been an amazing experience for everyone at DAMGEO – special thanks also to the team at METADECK for their substantial input.
NICVA & MAXIMPACT ProjectsThe current Covid-19 pandemic has certainly driven organisations into digitising their goods and services. We are delighted to announce 2 new projects this month @ DAMGEO with the awesome MAXIMPACT and the incredible NICVA.
Volunteer NowOur continued role in the digitisation of VOLUNTEER NOW’s training portfolio, moves into the next phase with the development and launch of 2 digital training programmes. More info on their website HERE.
Techies in Residence – 3 in a rowWe are delighted to be kicking of 2021 with our 3rd year running TECHIES IN RESIDENCE programme, through INNOVATE NI and THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. This exciting project is in collaboration with MID AND EAST ANTRIM AGEWELL PARTNERSHIP.
Merry Christmas & Happy New YearPlease just stay safe. If you feel we can do anything to help or support you, please just get in CONTACT.
Our founders interview on SoundCloudOur director DAMIEN CALDWELL had the honour of recording a podcast this month for SYNC NI. Have a listen HERE.
REE Legal Advice & Live Chat are launchedAfter 2 years of amazing collaborative work with the CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE we were delighted to launch the new Child Law Hub and AI legal advice chatbot with integrated live chat on the 23rd September 2020. Check out the NEW WEBSITE and ONLINE ADVICE SERVICE.
InterTradeIreland partnership to deliver eMergeIn response to the horrific impact Covid-19 has had on businesses throughout NI and ROI – ITI have launched the EMERGE programme. DAMGEO have been selected as a supplier of the consultancy services for this programme. To date we have supported SHINES SEAFOOD, PRIMA LINEA, ACUMENSIS & 4 BEAUTY GROUP.
New Digital PartnershipsAs the online arena tranforms into the main working platform during these challenging time we are delighted to announce our new project with NICHS. Designing and developing a new online training platform for NICHS will enable a new approach in how they deliver their invaluable services.
DfE & SBRI Phase 2 Funding SecuredAs everyone weaves in and out of crises in 2020 – we are delighted and very fortunate to have been given the go ahead to push forward with the development of our much needed digital solution to support young people with ASD into employment – thanks to Department for the Economy and SBRI for all the continued support and funding from all our team.
Delivering training in new and innovative waysOur continued work with the phenomenal ELEMENTAL SOFTWARE has involved the release of job role based curriculum paths on their ONLINE ACADEMY and the completion of a how to deliver training online (Train the Trainer) enablement programme, facilitated by our very own DAMIEN CALDWELL over 3 days. If you would like to find out more about our groundbreaking Online TtT programme get in touch via our contact form HERE.
Supporting each other through this crisisOur founder DAMIEN CALDWELL was called on by the WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS on the 7th May to present to other consultants around the world on his experience of digitising processes and what has changed for consultants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Launching essential websites during the pandemicOur clients have realised very quickly that to get through this awful time they have to digitise their services quickly. At this moment digital access is all we have as we self-isolate and our only access to the outside world for many is through their WiFi or mobile phone data connection. We were delighted to support ACUMENSIS and VOLUNTEER NOW in releasing online academies. PAUL WHITE and CENTRED SOUL also released digital communication and eCommerce platforms via our web development team.
We will get through this togetherWe strongly believe we all need to get our priorities right at a time like this. Please sign up to our webinars HERE and make the whole ‘so much’ greater than the sum of its parts.
Storming our way through 2020!!February brings a Digital DNA award nomination with the CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE for the development of the REE Rights Responder chatbot, read more about this exciting project on the Law Tech Blog. Since October 2019, we have been working on Phase One of an exciting SBRI Autism Initiative with the DfE, we are now getting ready to apply for Phase Two, hopefully we will have more details to follow in a couple of months! February has also brought new projects through our friends at WORK WEST, exciting projects to be involved in from the beginning, more details to follow very soon.
Can you believe it is 2020?January has been another busy month for DAMGEO LTD with the Go-live of VOLUNTEER NOW’s Safeguarding Course’s Online, it is great to see these popular courses up and running with new enrolments flooding in every week. Great team to work with and feeing extra proud as this was one of DAMGEO’s very first projects! We are also looking forward to another exciting launch in the next couple of weeks of the new website for CENTRED SOUL, an amazing organisation in Newry run by the inspirational Rosemary Deans who raises the roof when it comes to emotional wellbeing, mental health and self care. It has been a great start to 2020!
Happy Holidays & Thank YouAs we approach some chill time with family and friends we just wanted to say Happy Christmas to all the people and organisations who have made 2019 a very special year for DAMGEO Ltd. Special thanks to ACUMENSIS, CENTRED SOUL, CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE, DEIRDRE MAGUIRE, ELEMENTAL SOFTWARE, FIONA BRADLEY, INNOVATE NI, KITH & KIN, METADECK, MOY PARK, PROUD / INCLUDE YOUTH, SBRI / DFE, SEVERFIELD, S3, UHUB, ULSTER RUGBY, VIBRANT TALENT, VOLUNTEER NOW, WCOMC and WORK WEST. Writing this list of companies we have worked with this year has made us feel very humble and privileged to be in this fortunate position. See you in 2020!!!
SBRI Funding SecuredFollowing on from the first phase release of Online learning for ELEMENTAL SOFTWARE last month, we are thrilled to announce Phase 2 has also been released in October on their brand new online academy designed and hosted by us! We are delighted to be part of such an exciting and innovative project! We are also over the moon to announce we have been successful in securing Phase One development for the recent SBRI Autism Initiative in association with the DEPARTMENT FOR THE ECONOMY, more details to follow so watch this space! It has been a busy month for us and a great start to Q4!!
Innovative Projects Go LiveThis month we are pleased to announce the launch of the MOY PARK Document Library which will distribute essential documents and notifications to over 700 farmers globally. This partners with our Moy Park online enablement programs for MTech and SAP. In addition, we are also delighted to release the first phase of online learning to accompany the cutting edge social prescription digital solution from ELEMENTAL SOFTWARE.
Further Funding SecuredCENTRED SOUL are an awesome not-for-profit organisation & social enterprise, founded by Rosemary Deans. There is a lack of specialist support in over 80% of NI to help combat the high levels of perinatal mental health issues and challenges around birth trauma. This has caused a communication and connection barrier for people experiencing these issues. There is another barrier, caused by the ever present stigma that accompanies living with mental health issues and the lack of essential information on what is ‘perinatal’. Through TiR we secured funding to develop a pilot web app for Centred Soul to foster communication between these people, enabling them to connect and communicate amongst one another and help reduce this stigma. At an event in the Guild Hall, Derry on 11th June 2019 we were delighted to secure further funding to bring this game changing app to the next level. News article here.
New PartnershipsThis month we are delighted to announce the start of a large digital learning project with ELEMENTAL SOFTWARE. In addition, we are delighted to launch two new knowledge and communication web app prototypes with PROUD and CENTRED SOUL. These exciting developments (funded by TECHIES IN RESIDENCE, innovate-NI, SOCIAL INNOVATION NI, COMIC RELIEF & Community Foundation NI) will be part of a NI Tech for Good Showcase in the Guild Hall (Derry/Londonderry) on 11th June 2019.
10,000 learner account activeApproaching our second year in business we are delighted to announce the 10,000 account has been activated on a DAMGEO LTD digital knowledge managment or learning solution. Excitingly this not only involves the staples of learning objects/experiences and learning management systems (LMS), it includes the embedding of Flexilevel Assessment, Artifical Intelligence, Scenarios, Product Simulations, Learner Analytics etc.
A lot of exciting news this monthI know we say this every month, but some more exciting announcements at DAMGEO LTD this month. After being highly commended at the Digital DNA awards with the amazing UHUB (behind the mighty All State) and 10 of the team attending the DANI Awards. We are very excited to announce the kick off of 4 new innovative and exciting projects at DAMGEO LTD. These new clients (prefer ‘partners’) are WE ARE PROUD, CENTRED SOUL, DEIRDRE MAGUIRE and FIONA BRADLEY. In addition, our long term projects with ACUMENSIS, MOY PARK, CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE, UHUB and VOLUNTEER NOW continue into new phases and further projects in Q2 of 2019. Finally, promise, our founder Damien Caldwell is very excited to be a part of the discussion panel at the #SMARTTalent19 at the Eurpoa on May 16th. More details here.
DAMGEO LTD shortlisted for 2 major awardsWhat a month! We have been shortlisted for a DANI AWARD (Best Use of Digital / Innovation in Not for Profit) and a DIGITAL DNA AWARD (Best Tech for Good Innovation). This is with our amazing friends and business partners at the might UHUB.
Worshipful Company of Management ConsultantsWe are very honoured this month, to have our own Damien Caldwell, become a freeman of the WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS. This deserved recognition comes after our innovative digitisation work within the third sector, with organisations such as UHUB, CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE, VOLUNTEER NOW & KITH & KIN.
Exciting start to 2019As we move into 2019 we are delighted to announce the continuation of our exciting long-term projects with UHUB, CAPITA, CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE, SEVERFIELD, VOLUNTEER NOW & KITH & KIN. After a successful and groundbreaking project with MOY PARK in 2019, we are delighted to announce the kick off in January 2019 of a second expansive project with MOY PARK and the wider JBS GROUP, providing the dynamic and interactive online learning content and infrastructure for the rollout of the SAP ERP solution – in partnership with ACUMENSIS.
Happy holidaysThanks to everyone who has supported and made this such a phenomenal year for DAMGEO LTD. We wish everyone a Merry Xmas and a please make sure you have a fantastic new year.
Chatbots are finally readyWe never got into the digital learning space to produce to next-next-next-back-next experiences. There is no excuse anymore for producing flat content that has been switching learners off for years. With data analysis, artifical intelligence and machine learning we produce blended learning pathways that provide contextual and point-of-need learning. Please contact us on email@example.com or via our contact form here for an online or face-to-face preview of our innovative digital learning solutions.
1-year oldAs we approach the end of DAMGEO year one, it has been one hell of a ride and long may it continue. If you have ever thought of becoming self-employed, give it a god damn go, it is one of the most empowering career/life choices you can make. Challenges have been a plenty, the reason for going self-employed initially (a cool piece of work with Facebook did not quite work out). First lesson, not everything works out, get over it quick. However, things happen for a reason, a year later we can call Acumenis, Moy Park, uHub, Children’s Law Centre, Capita, Volunteer Now, Severfield, ALMAC, Kith & Kin as live clients with exciting projects complete, ongoing and importantly repeat business. Second lesson, do the best job you can do and you will win other (better) business. Thanks to all the people who have provided boundless support, we know who they are and will do everything to support them in the future. Third lesson, quickly learn who the good guys/gals are. We genuinely cannot wait until the next year. The best bit of advice we were given was ‘concentrate on your customers and staff, not nominating yourself for awards’, has worked for us.
Solutions are goAt DAMGEO we are delighted to announce the launch of the KITH & KIN financial wellbeing digital learning resource via our Digital Learning Environment. Inital feedback is phenomenal. There is a lot of very busy and motivated team members in DAMGEO at the moment, as work continues on our CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE (CLC), UHUB, CAPITA and SEVERFIELD projects, all with key deliverables before the close of 2018. We would also like to offer a warm welcome to new recruits Chris and Ryan, busy working on our projects with CLC and uHub. What an end to 2018, our first full year in operation…
Exciting Contract AnnouncementWith summer really over now unfortunately, we have some exciting news at DAMGEO LTD. As our work will continue with CAPITA and MOY PARK into Q4, we have 2 further exciting contract awards to announce. DAMGEO LTD have been awarded a contract with CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE to deisgn and develop a chatbot to help deliver key messages around a variety of law themes for young people under 18. In addition, we have just had project kick-off for the second phase of My UHUB, please check back for an exciting announcement on this towards the end of October.
An update on what we have been up to recentlyBeing busy is never an excuse for neglecting your website. So here it goes. Over the past number of weeks we have launched the hugely successful and innovative MOY PARK ELEARNING HUB, designed and started hosting a new learning object for Kith and Kin on our Digital Learning Environment and kicked off our key design role in the set up of the Evolve academy at CAPITA.
New contract awardedAt DAMGEO we are delighted to announce a new contract for the provision of a financial well being online learning object for KITH & KIN. This content will be available to learners on our Digital Learning Environment by the end of July 2018. Delivering a flexible learning solution…
Blast from the recent pastBefore DAMGEO became a registered company, our CEO Damien Caldwell was asked to present at the 2016 University of Ulster annual staff conference on GOING DIGITAL: A QUALITY STUDENT EXPERIENCE. Quality of information on Higher Education provision…
DAMGEO features in TechWatch and Sync NIAbsolutely over the moon at DAMGEO right now. We have a full feature article in the far reaching and influential blogs and publications: TECHWATCH, SILICON REPUBLIC and SYNC NI. Startup tailors eLearning to suit the student, not the educator…
A lot of new newsDamgeo have had a great and very exciting few weeks. We have just completed our 2nd project with VOLUNTEER NOW on Adult Safeguarding. We launched our own Digital Learning Environment. We have also won new and innovative contracts with BELFAST CITY COUNCIL, MOY PARK (in partnership with ACUMENSIS) and ALMAC. We have also started the ball rolling to recruit at least 3 new staff by the end of Q2 2018 and are about to open a new office in Belfast. Mad, but great times, the seat belts are well and truly fastened. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in coming onboard.
Repeat BusinessWe are delighted to announce a 2nd project kick off for Volunteer Now this quarter. This new digital learning course will accompany the Adult Safeguarding course that was launched in February 2018. This course will assist in the enablement of Adult Safeguarding Champions in organisations throughout Northern Ireland. This course has been designed by VOLUNTEER NOW with support from the Health and Social Care Board.
Right Service @ the Right TimeThink it it is worth mentioning a project that kicked off this week. Damgeo were very lucky to be selected to work with the inspirational Cara and Pamela from uHub, to produce a mental health support app, that will empower the user to take action and improve their mental health. Getting vulnerable people to the right service at the right time. Thanks to the Techies in Residence team, Social Innovation NI and Building Change Trust for bringing us together. Visit the uHub website HERE.
An Injection of ColourOur latest project management programme has somehow taken a graphic direction that we are all pretty proud of. Check it out HERE.
It’s LiveThe first course developed between Volunteer Now and Damgeo is now live. This is a vital course for volunteers on Adult Safeguarding. Damgeo are also hosting this for Volunteer Now on our Digital Learning Environment. Exciting times and a great course with true social impact.
The Kids are AlrightLeaving a piece of work with a placement student, can have its risks. One of our placement students in Northern Ireland, was asked to create an interactive office in an eLearning authoring tool (an app they hadn’t heard of until last Monday). They then went away and did THIS. Alcohol, drugs and ASBOs: FAKE NEWS.
Simple AnimationVery proud of a recent design by a member of the Damgeo team, representing the history of what is currently ISO 9001:2015. Low resolution preview of ANIMATION.
Real Induction DigitisationIt still stuns me that when you mention ‘digital learning innovation’, experts in the field are not afraid for some reason to shout out ‘mobile learning’, ‘microlearning’, ‘gamification’ (perhaps the most horrible word in the English language, closely followed by ‘pedagogy’, yuck). These should be a given in 2018, come on, the mobile phone has been in widespread use for approaching a quarter of a century for goodness sake. In our recent work with organisations we are designing Induction and wider staff development around all the benefits that digitisation has brought to the learning table, a sample of the timeline and components are previewed in this INDUCTION TIMELINE.
Induction Enquiries3/5 of our recent enquiries have been about the digitisation of staff induction and how it can be designed to actually impact new starts; get them job ready fast; and actually shape their employment behaviours. Not just be a distant memory by week 3 and something you leave on while you make a coffee. Check out our INDUCTION EXPLAINER for more info.
New Contract AnnouncementDamgeo are delighted to announce the signing of a prestigious contract with SEVERFIELD, to produce a state of the art digital learning experience to facilitate the roll-out of ISO 9001:2015 throughout their organisation.
New PartnershipVOLUNTEER NOW have partnered with Damgeo to turn their classroom content into engaging online content. The first course for migration is ‘See Something, Say Something’, a vital course for volunteers on Adult Safeguarding.
Online InductionDamgeo are experts at getting organisation inductions online fast. CONTACT us to pilot an induction component of yours online. Thought: Staff could even do their induction before they commence employment!
New CourseDamgeo have just released an industry first. A getting started Learning Analytics course using xAPI and Learning Locker. Click TRAINING to find out more.