Grandis XXI aims to encourage the integration of modern sensor, diagnostic and communications technology into the care of older peoples, enabling them to live independently for as long as possible. The context is the ageing populations across Europe, and the increasing cost of providing care for the many older people who are living healthy lives well into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond. In addition, as with many jobs, it is increasingly difficult to recruit carers, so the assistance of technology to augment the services provided to the elderly is to be welcomed. Read more
We are happy to announce the launch of Tech Week 2018, organised by the Irish Computer Society and supported by the SFI Discover programme.
Now in its fifth year, the annual festival of technology will see as many as 100,000 students take part in a range of activities nationwide. Read more
The Blockchain Association of Ireland will host a half-day conference on March 21st at the Irish Computer Society, Dublin 4.
This event will look at the impact and potential for blockchain technologies to change the way we do business and develop IT systems. From banking, healthcare, supply chain and food traceability to energy, logistics, manufacturing, retail and real estate, blockchain has the potential to transform much more than just the way we trade. Read more
The 10th Annual National Data Protection Conference took place on the 24 – 25th January 2018.
The programme included informative workshops and presentations from some of Europe’s top data protection professionals.
On the 24th of January we hosted six Pre-Conference Workshops at the Irish Computer Society. The workshops were designed to help participants become more compliant with current legislation and identify the steps they need to take to prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read more
We’re pleased to announce that ICS Foundation has successfully been granted another round of funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, for the Digital Skills for Citizens scheme, with a training target of 2,000 people for 2018.
Digital Skills for Citizens has been running since January 2017 and we are now seeking new partners who would be interested in offering basic internet training in their local communities. Read more
Over €5000 in Cash Prizes and Mentorship for the winning teams at the Second Annual eHealth Innovation Challenge!
Topic: Connecting for the Future: Elderly Mental Health
This hackathon will take place over 2 days on the 21st & 22nd Oct 2017 at Accenture The Dock. This year the theme is all about mental health – if you think you could build a working prototype of something in a 24hr Hack time that can harness the power of technology to help our colleagues, patients and HSE network, then this is for you! Read more
EU Code Week is back again! Taking place from 7th – 22nd 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
Via Margaret Wente at theglobeandmail.com
Nothing is cuter than pictures of kids sitting at their computers, mastering skills their parents never dreamed of. And nothing is more popular than the current idea that all our children should learn to code.
“Most jobs in the future will most likely have some sort of connection to coding,” Navdeep Bains, the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, told a room full of children assembled for a recent photo op. He was there to announce a $50-million initiative to teach coding to young people. “Some of you may develop incredible apps,” he beamed. Read more
The National Disability Authority has issued a request for tender for research to inform the development and delivery of Continuous Professional Development in Universal Design for IT Professionals, suitable for accreditation and promotion by the Irish Computer Society. 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
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
European Robotics Week (ERW) offers one week of various robotics related activities across Europe for the general public. Through the organisation of over 700 events, Europeans get the opportunity to have their questions about how robots will impact the way we work, live, and learn, addressed. Every year the ERW changes the central event and hosts an eco-system of various engaging activities in the chosen location. The official opening for this year is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Read more
Are passwords a thing of the past? For 200 IT decision makers in the US, they could be. According to a survey by Wakefield Research, 69% of respondents said they will likely do away with passwords within the next five years. This is due to the security risk that this level of protection carries.
Password log-in systems are so common that we find it difficult to imagine beyond them. Despite this, security companies are currently selling solutions that enable alternatives to the traditional password. Passwords are not a safe method of securing your data, and the increasing frequency and severity of data breach incidents prove it. Yahoo in 2014, for example, suffered a hack in which login credentials from 500 million user accounts were stolen. Read more