Gigatown promotion in full swing

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The path for Oamaru to get the fastest broadband in the Southern Hemisphere is set.

The Gigatown Oamaru Committee met yesterday to discuss plans for 2014 and how Oamaru will get into the broadband competition finals.

Committee chairman Gary Kircher said the group met to sort out the year ahead and establish how they can get more people involved in the competition in Oamaru.

There was huge activity on social media in Wanaka which was helping them do well in the competition, he said.

“That’s something we do want to do better.”

The goal for the town was to remain in the top five to ensure Oamaru gets into the finals of the Gigatown competition, Mr Kircher said.

Several initiatives were in place to promote the competition and the benefits of social media to Oamaruvians, he said.

A schedule for the year was being worked on by the group and a series of workshops about using social media would be held.

The groups they were targeting would expand as well, he said.

“We’ll be getting into the high schools and other schools when they get back.

“We’ll go and talk to them and get them on board.”

A competition to create a logo for Oamaru’s competition efforts was also under way, Mr Kircher said.

Anyone could design a logo and upload it to the Gigatown Oamaru Facebook page, and the most ‘liked’ designs would give the top five.

The committee would then decide on the final logo.

There would be a prize for the winner, Mr Kircher said and the competition would close on January 18.

These efforts, while helping the competition, would also be useful in introducing Oamaruvians to social media and helping them stay in touch with friends and family all over the world, Mr Kircher said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN