Register for the National Scratch Competition!

Preparations for the 2019 National Scratch Competition are well underway and looks like it’ll be better than ever with the recent launch of Scratch 3.0.

Would-be participants can register their projects online at for the competition with entries to be submitted by 1st March 2019. The finals will be held in University of Limerick during Tech Week, 11th-17th May 2019.

Scratch 3.0 includes dozens of new sprites, a totally new sound editor, and many new programming blocks and with Scratch 3.0, you are able to create and play projects on your tablet, in addition to your laptop or desk computer. Here’s an FAQ on Scratch 3.0.

In operation since 2010, the National Scratch Competition has established itself among both teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland’s aspiring digital creators.

For more information please visit or contact Finals 2018

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Get involved in the Bebras Computing Challenge!

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The 2017 Bebras Challenge will take place from 6th – 17th November, run by the ICS Foundation, the Bebras® Computing Challenge introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from 8-18 years by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online. It is run in over 30 countries and takes place every November. Bebras allows teachers to schedule your classes test any time during these two weeks.

Bebras consists of fun and engaging short questions, these questions can be answered without prior knowledge of computational thinking but can uncover a student’s aptitude for the discipline. It teaches participants that computational thinking is an integral part of solving problems in daily life and aims to get students excited about computing.

Bebras has challenges for five age categories, incorporating primary and secondary students. Each challenge consists of 15 multiple choice questions – 5 easy questions, 5 medium questions and 5 hard questions and each participant gets 45 mins to complete. It is completed online in your own school.

The Bebras Challenge:

• Requires no prior knowledge
• Is low time investment for teacher
• Takes 45 min
• Runs for two weeks, so many classes can participate
• Provides certificates of achievement for all participants

Jim Friars, CEO of the ICS Foundation said, “The ICS Foundation is proud to run the Bebras® Computing Challenge in Ireland, we need to encourage young people, both male and female, to understand and get involved in initiatives like this and to recognise the benefits of ICT skills and how important they are for the future.”

Try the practice challenge or find out more by visiting or contact

Teachers can register their school/class for the challenge and participate for free by visiting


About Bebras

Bebras is brought to you by the ICS Foundation, a registered charity and the social enterprise division of the Irish Computer Society, a non-profit membership organisation. The ICS Foundation is charged with advocating for digital literacy and the use of technology in education, research and developing policy on all aspects of ICT and supporting the ICT profession in Ireland.

The ICS Foundation run the Bebras Challenge on a non-profit basis. The ICS Foundation run many other educational outreach projects including Tech Week Ireland and the National Scratch Competition.

Bebras is an international initiative whose goal is to promote Informatics and Computational Thinking especially among teachers and pupils of all ages. The Bebras Community is an association of organizations which are involved with informatics and educational activities in this area. For more information please visit:


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Tech Week 2017 draws to a close – many thanks!

As Tech Week 2017 has drawn to a close, we’d like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you for getting involved. We had a blast and learned a lot; we hope you and your students did too!

We’d love to know how you got involved and what you thought of Tech Week 2017, so we’ve created a quick two minute ‘Event Holders Debrief and Evaluation’. We’ll use the information to measure engagement around the country and incorporate your feedback and suggestions into making next years’ Tech Week even better.

We’re now looking into the participation and engagement and so far it looks like our best year yet!

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Some Tech Week events are just finishing up but from our Social media accounts it looks like you had a fun and enlightening technological experience – which is what Tech Week is all about!

We’re going to start soon working on our plans for next year, so if  you have any ideas do let us know on


Here’s a short video that wraps up the week :-)


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The Tech Week Sessions at Féile na Bealtaine – Live streamed today @2pm!

downloadAs part of the Tech Week sessions at Féile na Bealtaine, two speakers will share their experiences and their passion for what they do.

The Ever changing Story – using technology on the move
In a technology driven age, how do we maintain the human elements to our stories? What makes a story and how do we bring it to life? Continue reading The Tech Week Sessions at Féile na Bealtaine – Live streamed today @2pm!

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Congratulations to the Scratch National Finals Winners!

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Wednesday saw the Scratch Finalists make their way to the Kemmy Business School in University Limerick for the Scratch National Final. 30 of the top scoring teams across the categories qualified and were invited to show their mettle to the judges. Continue reading Congratulations to the Scratch National Finals Winners!

Bebras National Finals – Information for participants

If your student/child has been invited and confirmed they will attend the National Finals of the Bebras Challenge 2017 please read on for details of the event. Continue reading Bebras National Finals – Information for participants

Women in Tech Interview #6: Caroline O’Reilly of Workday

We sat down with the brilliant Carole O’Reilly to discuss Workday, being a woman in tech, and carving out a career in tech as a creative person.

Continue reading Women in Tech Interview #6: Caroline O’Reilly of Workday

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Tech Week: The Week That Was

tech week recap banner imageIt’s very easy to head towards superlatives when we describe Tech Week.

But that’s the thing: it’s easy because Tech Week was epic. We went into Tech Week with high expectations after last year. 42,000 people took part in Tech Week 2014 in schools around the country, in events like gaming/coding hybrid Scratch and Tech and Go Seek.

This year, we wanted to go even bigger and better. Continue reading Tech Week: The Week That Was

Women in Tech Interview #5: Erica Deacon of Novartis

We sat down with Erica Deacon to discuss her role in Novartis, connected health, and how healthcare tech is being revolutionized.

The completed list of vids in our women in tech series:

1. Edel Lynch, Global Advances Analytics Group, Accenture. – Going live on 27/04/15

2. Dr Shona Darcy, Connected Health, Novartis. – Going live on 28/04/15

3. Sinead Mackin, Application Manager for Supply Chain Applications in the I.T. Section, Novartis. - Going live on 29/04/15

4. Chris Byrne, VP of Operations, Workday. – Going live on 30/04/15

5. Erica Deacon, Head of I.T. Sales Solution Group for Novartis Globally & the Country I.T. Head for Novartis. – Going live on 01/05/15

6. Caroline O’Reilly, Software Development Manager, Workday. – Going live on 02/05/15

To find out more about Tech Week pop over to Facebook and Twitter or  Keep an eye over the rest of the week where we’ll be uploading one video a day of inspirational women in tech.

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Women in Tech Interview #4: Chris Byrne of Workday

We had a chat Workday’s VP of Operations, Chris Byrne, about her love of technology, being a woman in tech, and how technology is so much more accessible than it used to be.

Continue reading Women in Tech Interview #4: Chris Byrne of Workday

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