I don’t have one hat that will fit Máirín Murray. She is a constant source of creativity and refreshing changes for the Irish society. She is an educator, digital leader, activist, Tedx speaker, and an ex-BBC producer.
I met Máirín while doing the Twitter challenge held by Ciara Kelly – #100daysofwalking. Where there is a movement for the good (and in Ireland), you are most likely to bump into her. She currently inspires us with her attempts over the summer at 5am waking up and staying off digital until 6pm!
When a digital creator and innovator advocates and leads by example to go ‘off digital’ at least a few hours every day, you get a sense of the conscience behind technology. Not surprisingly, Máirín’s background includes philosophy as well as technology. Harnessing technology for making the world a better place has always been her mantra.
She was one of the founding members of ‘Refugees Welcome’ Northern Ireland which was part of a Europe-wide project to help citizens connect and support refugees and asylum seekers. She’s the co-founder of Tech for Good Dublin. She recently launched TechFoundHer aimed at celebrating female tech leaders. This is while she manages her digital content studio – Digital Doddle.
Máirín became an advocate for ‘Tech for Good’ on her career path which includes working as Senior Producer for BBC’s digital youth service – Blast to her work today. She started out as a young teenager volunteering at Belfast’s community video unit and doing some radio packages for BBC NI’s Bottom Line. With graduation in philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, she completed a Masters at Manchester University researching art and conflict – which she said was a bit of a detour. Coming from County Down, she has always been interested in the nature of the societal division, how debate can become polarised and the flip side of how dialogue can support respect for difference.
In 2000 she completed her masters in multimedia systems which was perfect as it combined her passion for storytelling with her science side – at school her favourite subject was Physics. Her career took off, working at the BBC first in Belfast and then London developing digital platforms and campaigns that supported inclusion and learning.
Finally, she took the plunge to start her own production company that is today’s Digital Doddle – a tech for good agency specialising in designing and implementing ‘purpose-led’ projects. As an ‘ethics evangelist’, she probably is the biggest advocate in Ireland, of channeling technology as an enabler for social impact and positive change. Today, more than ever, that is the focus we need to bring in every corner of the world. Technology is growing by leaps and bounds and there is no going back for us. So, paths of technology paved with the end motive of a better impact for society is crucial for generations to follow.
In July 2019, she gave the Tedx talk with her co-founder Ellen Ward on ‘Community + Technology = Positive Social Change’. She, along with Ellen started the venture ‘ Tech for Good Dublin’ which is a group that believes in the power of technology to positively impact people, communities, and the planet. As a group, they have launched and participated in a multitude of events that focus on creativity, sustainability, and society. Tech for Good Dublin has also been an active and constant member of The Good Summit – an event held by Trinity College, Ireland to bring together the people who do things differently.
In February 2020, Máirín launched TechFoundHer with a mission to support other women entrepreneurs and women in tech. TechFoundHer is a community by women for women building solidarity between women leaders in tech locally and globally.
Speaking on her constant efforts in evolving the Dublin tech community, Mairin says ‘I want to play a part in nurturing a creative community that’s supportive of different ideas and celebrates and builds on each other’s successes – together, there is a lot more we can achieve!’
She was featured among the 50 people ‘to watch’ by The Irish Times..but with her ‘positivity as a purpose and technology as a tool for it’ agenda for life, I would feature her in a ‘to follow’ list!