DCU’s ComputeTY Programme Encouraging More Females into Technology

ComputeTY-2019-1It’s a continuing fact that females are outnumbered in the Tech world, representing only 20% of the Tech workforce compared to their male counterparts. At university level in Ireland, technology programmes have the highest gender disparity among all discipline areas. This situation persists, despite the fact that young women are leaving school with equivalent attainment in higher maths to their male peers, a dramatic growth in the number of both sexes studying higher maths over the last 7 years, and ever growing career opportunities.
DCU’s Compute TY programme aims to tackle the imbalance in how young men and women perceive their subject and career options, by inviting Transition Year students to study computer programming and app development on campus for a week. This intense program gives students an eye-opening experience into life on campus and introduces them to the world of STEM.

(INGENIC) Focusing on Gender Equality in Computing

INGENIC groupThe Irish Network for Gender Equality in Computing (INGENIC) held its 3rd meeting in DCU on Friday 11th January. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Monica Ward from the School of Computing. The group is composed of interested academic members of national third level organisations. Their main aims are to:

• Help increase the enrolment of females on third level computing programmes.

• Improve on the experience of female students within computing programmes.

• Identify and develop supports for staff development in line with national and international recommendations for improving gender diversity and equality.

• Support collaborative approaches to address their aims.

Irish Medal success at International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI2018)

Kieran Horgan IOI MedalWednesday 5th September - 18 year old Kieran Horgan from Mallow, Co. Cork clinched a Bronze medal at this year’s prestigious 30th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tsukuba, Japan. After winning the AIPO national title in DCU in February, Kieran was awarded the Bronze medal after two days of competitive programming among 335 high school students from around the world. In field that is dominated by the USA, China, Russia and former soviet states, this is quite an achievement!

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments, Team Ireland included John Ryan (19yr) from St.Joseph's College, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Oisin O’Duibhir (18yr) from Scoil Mhuire Agus Íde, Newcastle West, Limerick, Caolan Fleming (17yr) from Leinster College, Newbridge, Kildare, Kieran Horgan and Delegation Leaders, Gary Conway and Ximo Planells.

Kieran had an excellent first day of the contest, scoring 180 points out of a possible 300,  to put him into a solid silver medal position. However, the second day of the contest was much tougher, with Kieran only scoring 24 out of 300 points. Thankfully, most students found points difficult to come by on the second day, but he did slip down into the Bronze category managing to scoring enough to keep himself above the cut off. He gave his delegation leaders (and his family no doubt!) quite a fright on the morning of the second competition day, when he was one of the first to score 19 points on the third problem, propelling himself into the Gold range!

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