Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. Read more
You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Read more
This year’s Tech Week is happening on 22nd -28th April 2017 with a variety of nationwide events!
The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today launched Tech Week 2017, Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public, which takes place all over Ireland this year from 22-28 April.
Organised by the ICS Foundation, the social enterprise arm of the Irish Computer Society, and sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland, this exciting week of events will see more than 100,000 students take part in a range of fun activities, including the finals of several Tech Week events. Read more
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Well done to the 1,300 students from 50 schools across Ireland who took part in the Bebras Computing Challenge, which took place from 7th to 25th November.
This is the first year that Bebras has been run by the ICS Foundation in Ireland. The Bebras Community is an association of organizations which are involved with informatics and educational activities aiming to promote computational thinking among teachers and pupils of all ages. In 2015 over 1,300,000 students from 35 countries took part. Read more
A fifth year student from Lanesboro Community College has been awarded an Excellence in STEM award, for his project ‘The Digitalisation of Farming’.
Will Dennigan was one of 58 students involved in the exhibiting of 31 STEM projects at the national final held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin recently. Read more
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Looking back at the year 2001, it’s hard to imagine how different the world of technology was and how we have come such a long way in fifteen years.
Global internet usage was at just 5% then, compared to 50% today, and connection speeds were depressingly slow. For those fortunate enough to have internet access, there wasn’t much to do besides email and some very basic services (on poorly designed websites!). Google was merely in idea stages, Amazon was a start-up and YouTube and social media didn’t exist at all yet. Mobile phones were quite common, but weren’t capable of much more than a phone call or text.
So thinking about how far we’ve come since then, are you prepared to see what’s in store for the next fifteen years? According to Forbes.com, here’s 5 tech trends we’ll see by 2031:
About the eCF Alliance
The eCF Council aims to create a transnational partnership between the major players responsible for IT professionals’ enhancement, namely employers, professional associations, social partners, VET providers, higher education, research centres, regulatory bodies, and SMEs, across Europe. This, in response to the critical mismatch between ICT skills demand and offer that Europe is suffering both in terms of trainings and geographical distribution of the required competences against the positions available. Read more