The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. launches European Cloud Event in Dublin

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The European Industry University Research Association (EIURA) with local partners in Dublin City University brought the next generation of European Cloud Computing initiativesto the forefront on Friday 30th of September in the Crowne Plaza, Northwood, Dublin.  The EIURA Forum brought international experts to Ireland with a view to forming partnerships with our own university researchers and industry leaders for high profile European projects.

Consortium building, proposal writing for funding and information on funding instruments are all presented and expert panelist and speakers are providing advice freely on European and National projects and how to get involved. The funding available from the EU in this targeted area is€70M and Irish partners have has the most success ever last year in 2010 attracting over €300M to date from EU FP7 Framework.

 

The Citrix Challenge Competition

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What? - The Citrix Challenge

When? - Wednesday 19th October

Time? - 9.30 am to 5.30pm

Where? - DCU campus (building TBA)

Who can apply? - Final year students from Computing and other IT-related courses

Why? - The chance to develop yourself, work with a top innovative company, win fabulous prizes and position yourself in the employment market!

If you think you have what it takes to thrive in an innovative and dynamic company why not take the Citrix Challenge?

For more information and to sign up log on to www.aiesec.ie/citrix

President of DCU launches ‘CloudCORE’ the first Academic Cloud Research Centre in DCU

CloudCORE LaunchPictured from left to right:  Mr. Jim Dowling, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Prof. Brian McCraith, President, DCU, Prof. Mike Scot, Head of School, School of Computing, Mr. Ray Walshe, Director, CloudCORE.

The School of Computing, in conjunction with various collaborators are delighted to launch CloudCORE Research Group Centre in DCU.  Cloud Computing promises huge benefits to all users of Information Technology from individuals to the largest corporate users.

Cloud computing facilitates on-demand network access to a shared pool of computer resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) in a fast and cost effective manner.

It is a major evolving industry that will revolutionise how business and public sector organisations run their operations and deliver products and services.  If Ireland acts now, Cloud Computing will deliver much needed competitiveness and jobs for the Irish economy.  Cloud Computing makes Information Technology a low operating cost rather than an expensive capital investment.  This will help small firms in all parts of the economy to grow and could lead to the formation of 2,000 new small and medium enterprises.  It also has the potential to transform how children and students are educated in Ireland.

DCU Graduate Introduces Children as Young as age Six to Programming

Noel King, a graduate from the School of Computing in conjunction with Google has become involved in a non-profit program called Coder Dojo.   Centres have been set up in Dublin, Cork and Limerick to teach children how to program from the age of 6.  It is an all year round program which runs every Saturday from 11 to 5 in Google HQ on Barrow Street and it is open to all children with no barriers to entry i.e. they don't charge anything and don't require kids to bring laptops.  Some really strong developers from Ireland and Multinational companies are there teaching the skills.  

Noel said "I believe if we can teach over 100 children a year programming skills it should lead to a increase in IT related courses, stronger undergraduates entering university and thus providing better candidates to companies in the medium term.  We started last week in Google's HQ with HTML and are planning to teach them HTML, Web Development, C, Objective C and Java.  I am very excited by this program and really feel it has the potential to lay a strong foundation to encourage IT talent at a young age in this country".  

If you are interested in helping out or if you know any parent or child who has a passion for computing and want to learn more, the progam's website is:

 

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