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Minister Halligan Launches Tech Week 2017

This year’s Tech Week is happening on 22nd -28th April 2017 with a variety of nationwide events

30th March 2017: Minister John Halligan TD launched Tech Week 2017, Ireland’s national festival of technology which takes place all over Ireland this year.

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.

Among the week’s keynote events will be the national Scratch Coding final in Limerick, the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge in Maynooth and ‘Big Data in Dingle’ which explores how analytics can help in rural development. Academic institutions and businesses will host events nationwide and hundreds of schools will take part across every county in Ireland.

Another key event is IT Professionals Day, aimed at celebrating the value and status of the IT Profession in Ireland and internationally.  Supported by the European Commission, the lCS will be joined in this event by colleagues in Malta, Spain and Italy.

Dr. Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications for Science Foundation Ireland said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support Tech Week again this year. It is about inspiring the next generation and giving young students the opportunity to discover STEM and coding first hand, and of course to have fun. These positive experiences can help to unleash creativity and encourage students to collaborate, communicate and solve problems together. Tech Week is about preparing future innovators and entrepreneurs for the jobs of tomorrow and showing them that careers in STEM can be exciting, varied and creative.” 

Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society said: “The current generation of students are already digital natives and voracious consumers of technology, however it’s also very important that this should extend into an appreciation of actual technology skills, as an underpinning enabler of life and living in Ireland today.

Tech Week is supported by the SFI Discover programme.
You can learn all about Tech Week 2017 by visiting www.techweek.ie,  facebook.com/techweekirl and following @TechWeekIRL on Twitter.