Tech Week kicks off again on April 26. The national festival of technology aimed at students, parents, and the public will involve over 90,000 primary and post-primary pupils all over Ireland in a huge range of fun activities including the finals of tech events that have been running throughout the past year.
Tech Week ends on 2 May, with a showcase taking place in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, 29 and Thursday, 30 April.
Organised by the Irish Computer Society, Tech Week is supported by the SFI Discover programme and tech industry sponsors including Salesforce, Google, Lero and Púca.
Tech Week provides hands-on opportunities to learn about how computing and related technology are shaping every area of life. The aim is to stimulate thinking around future opportunities for study and careers in technology, through learning in the wider areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
The Dublin Castle showcase on Wednesday and Thursday will feature a World Record attempt for the World’s biggest selfie and the final of the F1 in Schools competition. An Augmented Reality Helmet and 4D crayons will be showcased while DIT will help students to build and programme robots from scratch and a remote controlled Minecraft Creeper (Wednesday) and a Dalek (Thursday) will interact with attendees and pose for pictures!
Members of the public are welcome to come along to a series of Tech Talks over the two days in Dublin Castle. Attendees will hear from Steve Nevey, former Business Development Manager for the Red Bull Formula 1 team; Autolaunch Racing, the winners of last year’s F1 in Schools competition; Adam Harris, ASIAM; Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Startups; and Louise Nicholls, Head of Technology and Innovation at Brown Bag Films.
Tech Week 2015 aims to encourage female students in particular to explore technology. Currently less than 20% of computing students are female.