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Women in Tech – AWS – Tech Week Initiative

As part of Tech Week, AWS (Amazon Web Services) have developed an event, Women in Tech, a three-day initiative across three months to develop and hone the leadership skills & soft skills of the participants.

This event is open to all women above the age of 18 and especially useful for college students, recent graduates and early stage professionals in technology. The series will be held in the Amazon office, Burlington Road, Dublin  4.

Below is the overall schedule spanning three days over three months (Mar – May, 2019)

14 Mar, Thursday:

Arrive at 9:00 am – Light refreshments, meet & greet, casual networking and settle into the training room

9:45 am to 12:45 – Ice breaker, discussion on global research around women in workplace and engaging discussion/ group work around the research and how it applies in the work/social context. This is going to be an engaging session and requires the participants to participate actively in the discussion and presentation. The participant will leave the session with heightened self- awareness and tips on being effective in interpersonal interactions.

12:45pm – 1:30pm – Lunch and networking

1:30 pm – 3:00pm – Life of an employee! A practical shadowing opportunity for those who would like to see what it is like to be at work. The participants can ask questions and interact with their Amazon buddy. Each Amazon buddy will have 2-3 participants depending on the size of the group.

3:00 – 4:00pm – Debrief

4:00pm – Depart from Amazon

19 April, Friday

Arrive at 9:00 am – Light refreshments, meet & greet, casual networking and settle into the training room

9:45 am to 1:00 pm – Conflict Management Workshop. The workshop is based on Thomas Kilmann’s research on different conflict management styles. The participants will leave the session with awareness on their preferred style and how they can flex their style to be successful in interpersonal relationships.

1:00 – 2:00pm – Lunch and networking

2:00 – 4:00pm – Communication Styles Workshop. The session will enable participants explore different communication styles and share feedback in a constructive manner.

4:00 – 4:30pm – Debrief / Video Recording

4:30pm – Depart from Amazon


20 May, Monday

Arrive at 9:00 am – Light refreshments, meet & greet, casual networking and settle into the training room

9:45 am to 1:00 pmThe participants are asked to complete the Gallup’s StrengthsFinder Assessment and bring a copy of their report. During the session they will learn about their strengths and how to leverage their strengths for their success in life.

1:00 – 2:00pm – Lunch and networking

2:00 – 4:00pm – Creating a Leadership Brand. This workshop allows the participants to realize the power of their individual brand and how they can be more intentional about creating their leadership brand.

4:00 – 4:30pm – Debrief

4:30pm – Depart from Amazon

Q. Can the participant attend any one day of the training program instead of all the three?

All the three days of soft skill/ leadership skills build on each other. The participants will benefit the most if they attend all the three sessions and participate in the experiential skill building activities.

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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 scratch.ics.ie 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 scratch.ics.iescratch.ie or contact scratch@ics.ie.Scratch Finals 2018

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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.




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. 



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.



The Irish Computer Society gets involved in the YOUNG ICT WOMEN project

YOUNG ICT WOMEN project kicks off aiming to provide innovative solutions to increase the number of girls and young women in the digital economy in seven European countries

The “YOUNG ICT WOMEN – Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda” (Project Nr. 2017-1-094) has started its activities with a kick-off meeting organized by the project Lead Partner, the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association – LIKTA the 10-11th September in Riga.


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!


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Family Fun Day, Saturday 16th June 2 – 6pm!

Come along to Family Fun day at IT Tallaght, Saturday 16th June 2 – 6pm. Organised by Aws, and supported by TechWeek, it will be a family friendly event with outdoor entertainment and indoor workshops

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Congratulations to the Scratch National Finals Winners!

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The National Scratch Coding Competition was held in the Kemmy Business School, at the University of Limerick, last Wednesday April 25th as part of Tech Week 2018. 32 of the top scoring teams across the categories were invited to show their mettle to the judges.

We’re delighted to announce the below winners in their respective categories and selected from over 500 entries nationwide:


Best Animations 2018

Behind the Bully, Scoil Pol

Best Technical Sophistication 2018

Flight of Apollo, St. Brigid Boys’ School

Best Educational Content 2018

The Map of Ireland, St. Mary’s & St. Gerald’s National School

Best Social project 2018

Bip and Pin’s Clean-Up Adventure, Skibbereen Coder Dojo

Special Scratch Award 2018

My Energy, Cloghans Hill National School

Category Winner 2018  –  Junior infants to 1st Class Category 

Star Wars Maze, Ardfield National School

School Winner 2018  – 2nd class to 4th class Category 

Turty’s Treasure Island, St. Mary’s & St. Gerald’s National School

After school Winner 2018 – 2nd class to 4th class Category 

Station Escape, St. Joseph’s National School

Category Winner 2018 – 5th class to 6th class Category 

Nutty Nutrition Navigation, Ratoath Senior National School

Category Winner 2018 – 1st year to 3rd year Category 

Piano Pal, St. Angela’s School

Category Winner 2018 – 4th to 6th year Category 

Clean Up Our Streets, Scoil Pol, Kilfinane, Limerick


….and the Overall Winner is…..

Super Teddy 2, Naas Commuinty College, Kildare


Congratulations to everyone who won, and we are looking forward to seeing you compete next year.


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Bebras National Competition Winners Announced

The 2018 Bebras National Finals took place on Saturday, 21st April in the Eolas Building in the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition through the year, as well as the Bebras participants on the day.  Continue reading Bebras National Competition Winners Announced

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Register now to attend Health Tech Day!


Health Tech Day will take place on Thursday 26th April 2018 at ICS HQ, Ballsbridge. The day will focus on new technologies used to improve the life of people with diseases (diabetes) and tendon injuries.

Find the agenda HERE

Register now to attend for FREE!

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