We kinda fudged the F**k The Recession when we launched bizcamp.ie last year - but it is what we meant :-)
Your Country, Your Call
Over at www.yourcountryyourcall.com they do not use those kinda phrases - not with the president and her husband Martin involved. They do have a prize fund of 200k though - and a hint of up to 500k available for implementation thereafter.
What are they about?
The goal is to pick two truly transformational proposals so big that, when implemented, could secure prosperity and jobs for Ireland. Proposals that could help change the way we do things, allow businesses to grow, employment to be created and prosperity to flourish.
Interesting stuff - 8 categories involved so you should be able to find one you fit into.
Website is kinda disappointing mind you - a strong branding exercise takes up half the screen throughout the site leading to small fonts and tiny video clips in the active half. Also in Firefox on Mac the last of the 8 categories is not visible. Update - there is a subtle scroll bar to the left of the box - have just noticed it. Appears to be an unfortunate example of what would appear to be a print designer running amock on the web.
It is also not clear exactly what a Proposal could be - avoiding being prescriptive could result in possible ideas not being put forward. Closing date is 17th February - any money on academics who are experienced at quickly putting project proposals together being dominant? I hope not.
I met with Padraig McKeon before Christmas (at his request) as he wanted to give me a heads up on this. The call and meeting was appreciated and glad to help spread the work - however the site needs to be reworked a little IMHO.
More information in their pdf which you can download by clicking here: YCYC Brochure.
A second approach to this revitalisation of Ireland is the one suggested at Farmleigh by John McColgan - an online connection with the diaspora from what I can remember.
They are looking for a web specialist to drive all technological and technical aspects of taking the project from concept to a fully-specified feasibility report to be submitted at the end of May.
More in the pdf which you can download by clicking here: Technical Spec for WebmasterWeb Lead.
Update - contact details for Gateway Ireland
Tel: +353 1 889 4900
Gateway Ireland Project
13 Merrion Square
No website yet that I can see