The European Commission’s e-Skills awareness raising campaigns, launched in 2010, have contributed to reduce the gap in the European Union between demand and supply of digital skills jobs. The predicted shortfall of IT specialists in 2020 has been reduced from 1m in 2010 to 756,000 in 2015. Read more
Waiting for a bus is the bain of many peoples lives! They wonder when the next bus is due, is it already full and what time will it get them to work.
To address the issue, three teenagers; Akhil Voorakkara (CEO), Jack Lane (CFO) and Steven Harris (chief design officer) created ‘LifeStats’, a start-up company which uses their coding skills to help give more accurate information to passengers. Read more
EU Code Week is back again! Taking place from 15th – 23rd October. First launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the initiative aims to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. Read more
The Irish Computer Society was delighted to host a Japanese delegation on Monday 10th October in order to explore European and Japanese competence frameworks. Mr. Eiji Hayashiguchi, Chief Advisory and Mr. Osamu Endo, Group Leader, represented the Information-technology Promotion Agency of Japan (IPA), an organisation affiliated organization to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). One of IPA’s three key focus areas is to grow quality IT human resources resulting in the development of the IPA i-Competency Dictionary. Read more
We are delighted to announce a new component under our education initiatives; The Bebras® Computing Challenge!
The Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students, by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. Taking place every November and run in over 30 countries, the aim of Bebras is to get students all over the world excited about computing. Read more
The 2017 Scratch Competition will launch this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 15th – 23rd October. Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels.
The aim of Scratch is to give students an understanding of how software is built and how it works. It challenges students to create stories, games and animations using software. It encourages innovation and creativity while giving them a taste of possible future careers in the IT sector where an estimated 44,500 new ICT professionals are needed by 2018. Read more
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The eGovernment Benchmark evaluates the priority areas of the eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015. It looks at how public services can be made ‘twice as good, in half the time, for half as much’.The latest research shows that while European governments succeed in gradually bringing more services online, they should put more emphasis on developing eGovernment services that truly empower citizens and businesses. Read more
The 2016 F1 in Schools World Finals will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th October in Austin, Texas, USA, immediately prior to the 2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. 39 teams of students from 23 countries will be presenting their cars, unveiling their pit displays and then race their mini replica Formula 1 cars against each other for the coveted ‘Bernie Ecclestone World Champions Trophy’. There are two teams representing Ireland at the 2016 World Championships event and we would like to wish them the very best of luck! Read more
FÉILTE 2016 took place on Saturday, October 1st in the RDS, Dublin. The Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence, is a celebration of teaching which showcases the work of teachers who are leading innovative learning projects.
Now in its fourth year, the day provided a platform for teachers to share their stories of innovation with each other and the public. Read more
Science Foundation Ireland will be allocated nearly €40 million to fund major research projects over the next 4-5 years. The announcement was made by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor recently and will see SFI distribute the funding through their Investigators Programme. The awards will support over 200 researchers and the amounts awarded will range from between €500,000 to €2.7 million over four to five year periods. Read more
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An interview given by Our Deputy CEO Mary Cleary has been featured in the Sunday Business Post.
Titled ‘Back to School for Techies’ Mary discusses the return of the academic year and why professionals should also think about upskilling, she also talks about the introduction of the CPD system and how IT professionals can utilize it to build and track their training profile, by saying;
“It’s a very busy time for us, apart from the school agenda, everyone is thinking about their professional development. The European e-Competence Framework enables people to give a structure to their career planning. One of the things that people lose track of is a career path, as it’s very common to change”
A new paper from researchers at the University of Oxford, prepared for the European Commission, has examined ways to raise productivity and reduce the digital divide in Europe. The paper, titled, ‘Digitalisation, Jobs and Convergence in Europe: Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap’, looks at the effect that digital technology has had on the workplace, including automation and the introduction of new tasks and activities to existing jobs. Read more
An innovative new programme to meet emerging roles in software engineering has been launched by ICT Ireland Skillnet in collaboration with the Irish Computer Society (ICS), Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) and the Irish chapter of Iasa Global. The new MSc in Applied IT Architecture was developed with the support of Fidelity Investments Ireland, IBM Ireland, CISCO Ireland and LM Ericsson. Read more
Research carried out at Oxford University in 2013, concluded that almost one in every two jobs have a high risk of being automated by machines in the near future. Machine learning is the technology that’s responsible for most of this disruption, as it’s the most powerful branch of artificial intelligence. According to Oxford, it allows machines to learn from data and mimic some of the things that humans can do. Read more