Inaugural Tech Week Ireland will encourage young people to choose jobs in IT

The inaugural Tech Week Ireland is taking place from Sunday 27th April – Saturday 3rd May 2014. Tech Week is a festival of technology that will give students, parents and the public hands-on opportunities to learn about 3rd level and career options in computing and other technology fields.

Speaking after the launch of the ICT Skills Action Plan today, Tom O’Sullivan, Deputy CEO of the Irish Computer Society, said ‘As the professional body for ICT, we welcome the support of industry and government announced today.  Our profession has been one of the fastest growing in the past decade and a further 44,500 new ICT professionals are required in the next five years. There has never been a better time for us to introduce a national Tech Week’.

Tech  Week is taking place nationwide and will engage, challenge, and inspire Primary and Secondary school students to gain hands-on experiences of a variety of ICT skills so that they may make informed subject and career choices.  The Irish Computer Society is running Tech Week with the support of Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme.

Jim Friars, Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Computer Society said “Tech Week will give credit to great initiatives already happening, but also encourage new activities and events nationwide. We’re finally putting the ‘T’ in STEM. We have modest targets of 14,000 participants this year growing to 100,000 in three years’ time’.

A range of high-tech events and activities are planned such as digital media and coding competitions but also more accessible activities such as ‘Tech and go Seek’ which asks the participant to go into their locality and identify technology that they had not noticed before, to Tech Debates which will ask participants to argue different aspects of Technology and encourage them to get them thinking.

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