Women4IT Launch Event in Brussels

 

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12th December 2018

YOUNG-ICT WOMEN, the first project signed under the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, officially launched on 12 December 2018 in Brussels.

The “YOUNG-ICT WOMEN – Innovative Solutions to Increase the Numbers of EU Vulnerable Girls and Young Women into the Digital Agenda” project (Project Nr. 2017-1-094 under the leadership of the Latvian Information and Communication Technologies Association), Women4IT in short, is implemented by nine partners from nine European countries:

  • Latvian Information and Communication Technologies Association (LIKTA);
  • Baltic Education Technology Institute (BETI, Lithuania);
  • Creative Thinking Development (CRETHIDEV, Greece);
  • DIGITALEUROPE (Belgium);
  • ECDL Ireland (ICS, Ireland);
  • Educating for an Open Society (EOS, Romania);
  • European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT, Norway);
  • Fundacion Plan International (PLAN, Spain);
  • Malta Communications Authority (MCA, Malta).

Women4IT´s aim is to develop digital competences and thereby the employability of young women (15 – 29 years of age) at risk of exclusion from the labour market as well as to provide innovative solutions to increase the number of young women with ICT careers and women participating in the digital economy. The project, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, benefits from a 2.714.304€ grant and runs from September 2018 until August 2021.

Project partners will assess the digital skills of 1.000 women and, in collaboration with employers, train 700 of them. The initiative will pursue its goals through awareness raising, skills assessment, innovative partnerships with employers, through the development of a new on-line employability profiling tool, and through training and guidance towards employment in digital jobs.

Today’s “Releasing Women’s Potential for the Digital Economy – Women4IT” launch event was hosted by DIGITALEUROPE. Policy makers, leading representatives of the digital economy ecosystem represented in Brussels, the funders of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, and representatives of the media all had a chance to discuss the issue of diversity and gender equality in the tech sector.

On behalf of the Commission, Vessela Karloukovska, Policy Officer, Digital Economy and Skills, DG CNECT, addressed over 70 participants at the event.

Mara Jakobsone, Project Manager of Women4IT, presented the project’s objectives, timeline and first findings. Summarising the importance and expected impact of the project, Ms. Jakobsone stressed:

Based on an assessment of 150 effective and innovative ICT training programmes we have seen that only one in three graduates in STEM and one in six ICT specialists is a woman, tech entrepreneurs are five times more likely to be men than women. 

At the same time, according to the World Economic Forum reports, by 2020, for every digital job created, four traditional jobs will be displaced for a man – but 20 will be displaced for a woman.

The Women4IT project partnership will address these challenges and develop and test innovative training tools with 700 women and will build new partnerships (European and national) for supporting the access to the labour market for young women, and for the diverse population in general, in 7 countries.

Several project partners (ECWT, PLAN, MCA and ICS) contributed to two panel discussions, which highlighted the European state of the art with regard to women´s employment in ICT and STEM careers, together with examples of increasing the number of women in digital careers with the involvement of leading representatives from Microsoft, CISCO Iberia, Fujitsu, Oracle Academy, CEPIS, ALL DIGITAL, STEM Alliance and Women@EIT Community

For more information:

Visit: https://eeagrants.org/ and consult the Women4IT brochure

Follow Women4IT on social media:

Twitter @WomenForIT

Facebook www.facebook.com/WomenForIT/

LinkedIn  www.linkedin.com/company/women4ict/

Contact us women4it@ics.ie

Get involved in the Bebras Computing Challenge!


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Are you ready to take the Bebras Computing Challenge?

Applications are open for the 2018 Bebras Challenge, taking place from the 5th-16th November.

 

About Bebras

Bebras introduces computational thinking and computer science to students from 8-18 years by allowing them to solve interactive tasks online.

These tasks consist of fun and engaging short questions that 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 is an international competition that takes place in the same two weeks in November in 44 countries. You can schedule the challenge to take place during any school day between the 5th and 16th.

The top achieving students across all age groups will be invited to attend a final round in Maynooth University during Tech Week 2019.

November 2016     ⇒      1,300 participants
November 2017     ⇒      5,717 participants


The Bebras Challenge:

                                           

  • Is FREE!
  • Requires no prior knowledge.
  • Needs only a minimal time investment from teachers.                                     
  • Takes 45 min.
  • Runs for two weeks, so many classes can participate.
  • Provides certificates of achievement for all participants.
  • It is completed online in your own school.
  • There are 5 categories with different levels of difficulties.

 


 

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How to get involved:

 Simply register as coordinators online and follow the instructions.
Only teachers should register as coordinators and a school may
have more than one coordinator. 

 


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2018-2019 Scratch Competition Launches

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The 2018 Scratch Competition will launch this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 6th – 21st October. Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, Amazon Web Services and Science foundation Ireland, 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 scratch@ics.ie.

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Digital Art Week

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Digital Art Week will take place alongside Tech Week this year we have a challenge for budding primary school artists! Well-known Irish artist, Lorraine Fenlon will be making a special video showing one of her paintings and children will be asked to respond to her piece of art in any way they can think about. They can respond by using an art app like MS Paint or an iPad app or they can use traditional materials too. The only criteria is that they will upload their piece of work on the Digital Art Week website.

Once submitted, their piece of art will be added to the Digital Art Week gallery and one piece of art will be selected for a prize.The prize will be for the piece of art that responds best to Lorraine’s work. The idea of Digital Art Week is to demonstrate a simple way that teachers can integrate technology into their everyday teaching.

Digital Art Week is run by principal Simon Lewis (Anseo.net and Mash.ie) more info can be found at http://www.digitalartweek.com

Take part in IT Pro Day 2018!

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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. Continue reading Take part in IT Pro Day 2018!

IT Training Seminar

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What does it take for educational and training organisations to be digitally capable?
On its 20th anniversary we invite you to ICS HQ for the annual IT Training Seminar, to explore issues of concern for training and development professionals and educational organisations involved in teaching with and through technology.

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Tech Week Returns April 22nd – 28th 2018!

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We are happy to announce the launch of Tech Week 2018, organised by the Irish Computer Society and supported by the SFI Discover programme and Amazon Web Services.

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. Continue reading Tech Week Returns April 22nd – 28th 2018!

Listen back to Mary Cleary’s Tech Week Interview with West Limerick 102FM

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You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Continue reading Listen back to Mary Cleary’s Tech Week Interview with West Limerick 102FM

Minister Halligan Launches Tech Week 2017!

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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. Continue reading Minister Halligan Launches Tech Week 2017!

Tech Week 2016: The Highlights

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Tech Week 2016 is all over, and it has been another fantastic year for Ireland’s festival of technology. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of the thousands students, parents, teachers and members of the general public who participated throughout the week. The Tech Week team worked hard on this one, and we think it paid off. Tens of thousands students participated. Technology enthusiast’s organised events all across Ireland including career talks, workshops, lectures, coding activities and much more.

Continue reading Tech Week 2016: The Highlights