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Silver Surfer Awards 2015

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What are the Silver Surfer Awards?

The Silver Surfer Awards recognise the achievements of older people using technology and also the volunteers who teach these skills.

The awards attract hundreds of nominations each year.

The five categories for Silver Surfer Awards 2015 are:

  • New to IT Award (A person over the age of 50 who is new to technology and has overcome the challenges to become an IT user)
  • Hobbies on the Net Award (An older person who uses the Internet to pursue their passion or hobby, or who uses IT for communication and social networking)
  • Golden IT Award (An individual over the age of 80 who uses technology to enhance their life)
  • Silver Surfer Award (An older person who embraces the Internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure)
  • IT Tutor(s) of the Year Award (An individual or group who provides voluntary support to older learners)

2015 nominations

Age Action in association with DCU are searching for Ireland’s top Silver Surfers of 2015. The awards celebrate and showcase older peoples’ use of the internet and technology.

This year we are looking for enthusiastic people over the age of 50 who have an interesting story to share about how they use their computer and the internet and who will become a role model to inspire more older people to embrace technology.

We are calling on people across Ireland to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who uses technology for pleasure or as a way to enhance the quality of their life.

The nominations for the 2015 Silver Surfer Awards are open until Sunday, October 4th.

There are three ways to nominate someone:

Conditions

  • Those who entered in previous years can enter again this year
  • Winners may need to engage in promotional work for the awards
  • Photographs of winners and nominees together with their names and ages may be used in publicity campaigns
  • The awards are open to all in the island of Ireland
  • An older person is defined as being over the age of 50
  • The winners of the Silver Surfer Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 20th October at The Helix Theatre, DCU, Dublin 7
  • The Judging Panel is responsible for the allocation of awards and the decision of the Chairman of the Judging Panel is final
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding that decision

The background of the Silver Surfer Awards

The aim of the Silver Surfer Awards is to raise awareness among older people of the benefits of being online and to encourage those who have not gone online to give it a try.

Almost 1 in 5 adults have never used the internet - that’s more than 550,000 people. The majority of these are older people with 53% (280,000) of those aged 60 to 74 never having been online. As of the National Digital Strategy report published in July 2013 (pdf), only 3% of those aged 75 and over had used the internet.

There is a real need to encourage more people to go online and use internet based services, especially those over 50.

Click here for the most recent Silver Surfer Awards winners.

Sponsorship Opportunity

After four hugely successful years with Google, culminating in the 2014 Silver Surfer Awards, we are seeking a new sponsor.

Are you interested in getting your company involved in this fantastic initiative?

Find out more about Silver Surfer Awards sponsorship opportunity here.

Partners around Ireland

Over the past six years Age Action Ireland has built a network of partners around the country who promote the Silver Surfer Awards. These partners include:

  • ICA
  • Retired Teachers’ Association of Ireland
  • Probus
  • Active Retirement Ireland
  • Irish Men’s Sheds Association
  • Garda Siochana Retired Members Association
  • Retired RTE staff
  • TUI Retired Members Association
  • Irish  Defence Forces Veterans Association
  • Third Age
  • Age and Opportunity
  • Ageing Well Network

Age Action Ireland promotes the awards through its website, social media and its Ageing Matters magazine. The awards are also promoted in secondary schools, libraries, nursing homes and in parish newsletters across the country.

Through our Getting Started programme, Age Action trains over 4,000 older people each year in basic IT skills with the assistance of over 600 volunteer tutors and the awards will be promoted at all classes.

The awards are featured in the following publications:

  • Active Retirement Ireland Handbook
  • Bluebird Care Pensioners’ Handbook
  • Home Instead Senior Citizens’ Guidebook