Tech Week is Ireland’s national festival of technology

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) is delighted to announce that Tech Week 2018 will be supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new collaboration was announced today by Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society, who co-ordinate Tech Week with support from Science Foundation Ireland.

Tech Week is a fun festival of technology with a serious ambition. The week-long festival will attract up to 100,000 young participants into tech related activities throughout the country and will raise overall awareness of technology careers to reach an audience of 1 million.

From hands-on, interactive workshops to career talks and shows, Tech Week provides young people with the opportunity to engage with technology and talk directly to scientists, engineers and developers to find out if a career in technology is the right one for them. It promotes interest, awareness and participation among young people, which will contribute on a long term basis to the availability of suitably qualified people for business and industries that are founded on technology.

In addition to hosting and supporting variety of tech-focused programming around Ireland, AWS is celebrating Tech Week by launching its first AWS Pop-Up Loft in Dublin, from the 9th to 13th of April.  The Loft, which will lead into Tech Week, is a temporary events and community space that will host sessions on topics including Containers, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and more!  The Loft will bring Irish customers together to learn about the latest cloud technologies and aims to cultivate a community of startups that can learn from each other. Further information is available on https://awsloft-dublin.com

Mike Beary Director of Human Resources of AWS Ireland said, “Tech Week provides a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on the growing demand for cloud skills by many of Ireland’s most innovative organisations, from startups to enterprises and government institutions.  As a company we are dedicated to bringing more people of all ages and technical abilities into technology and are proud to be sponsoring Tech Week this year.”

Jim Friars, CEO of the Irish Computer Society commented, “It’s great to be working with AWS, a world leader in cloud computing. This marvelous support means that we can continue to promote the importance of technology and technology related learning by creating hands-on, memorable experience that encourages participation, problem solving and real world application. We have such a vibrant technology sector in this country and the opportunities that exist within it will only continue to grow. We need to make sure that we support our young people so that they are in a position to stay competitive and take advantage of all the opportunities coming our way. We can make learning fun and set students – our professionals and leaders of tomorrow – on a course to pursue careers in emerging STEM fields.”

You can learn all about Tech Week 2018 by visiting www.techweek.iefacebook.com/techweekirl and following @TechWeekIRL on Twitter.


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