The 2018 Scratch Competition will launch this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 6th – 21stOctober. 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.
Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning. 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.
Scratch is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages!
Schools all over Ireland are now invited to register and take part in this year’s competition. Teachers and entrants may avail of free downloads, including dozens of download lesson plans, workbooks and other resources for teaching and learning Scratch in the classroom. All participants receive a Scratch completion cert with the top scoring projects going through to a grand final, taking place during Tech Week 2019, where the overall national winners will be announced.
The closing date for receipt of Scratch projects is Friday 22nd February 2019. The Scratch National Final will take place during Tech Week 2019 (11th – 17th May).
For more information please see www.ics.ie/scratch, www.scratch.ie or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Young ICT Women project aims to provide Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda”
The objective of the YOUNG ICT WOMEN project is to develop the digital competences and thereby the employability of young women at risk of exclusion from the labor market.
The project brings together 10 insightful and experienced partners from 9 European countries: AMETIC – The Spanish ICT Association – Spain, Baltic Education Technology Institute – BETI, Lithuania, Creative Thinking Development – CRETHIDEV – Greece, DIGITALEUROPE aisbl, Belgium, ECDL Ireland Ltd. – Ireland, Educating for an Open Society – EOS, Romania, European Centre for Women and Technology – ECWT, Norway, FUNDACIÓN PLAN INTERNATIONAL, Spain, LIKTA, Latvia and Malta Communications Authority – Malta.
The initiative will pursue its goals through awareness raising campaigns, skills assessment, innovative partnerships with employers, development of a new on-line employability profiling tool, training and employment guidance into Digital Jobs.
The YOUNG ICT WOMEN project benefits from a 2.714.304 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment and will run between September 2018 and August 2021.
For more information see also eeagrants.org/ and follow the project website coming in October!
The Erasmus programme already enables millions of young Europeans to study, train or learn abroad while broadening their experience and awareness of Europe, and increasing their future chances on the job market. With doubled funding, this programme will be even more effective in supporting key political objectives such as building a European Education Area by 2025, empowering young people and promoting a European identity through youth, education and culture policies. Read more
- 3 New National Coalitions, 21 National Coalitions now in EU
Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands now have National Coalitions, bringing the number in the EU to 21 Read more
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
At the ECDL Foundation Forum 2018, held in Prague, the entry submitted by ECDL Ireland was voted to be an outstanding example of best practice in the ECDL and ICDL in Society category.
ECDL Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society, established the Best Practice Awards to acknowledge and credit initiatives and projects that are considered as exceptional examples of the implementation of ECDL Foundation programmes, which help to increase levels of digital literacy, and promote ECDL in local markets. Read more
IT Professionals’ Day is a special day to act as a platform to raise awareness of the IT profession, the potential within the profession, the need for continued professionalism and contribution to society.
On this day we are asking everyone to celebrate the contribution of IT professionals in using their talents and innovation to advance society for everyone’s benefit. 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
The crisis in the supply of high level digital skills continues to hamper ICT companies’ efforts to fill specialist roles. In an effort to address this skills shortage, the European Commission launched Digital Opportunity the traineeships initiative, in December, 2017.
Digital Opportunity is a pilot project to boost digital skills through internships/traineeships to provide working experience in the digital field for 5,000-6,000 graduate students in 2018-2020. These Traineeships are of 4-5 months duration, and trainees will receive allowance of €500 per month, financed by Horizon 2020 and implemented through Erasmus+. As such, it will require the cross-border mobility of trainees. Read more
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 6th. Over 70,000 young people across Ireland joined the celebrations this year. Take a look at some of the highlights from Safer Internet Day 2017 here.
Abstract submission extension – Universal Design Conference and Higher Education in Transformation Conference
Call for Abstracts & Workshops:
Deadline: February 19th 2018
Full Paper Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2018
Notification of Full Paper Submission Outcome: July 31, 2018
Camera Ready Copy Due: August 31, 2018
Please visit the Congress website for further information: