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2022 Scratch Competition

The 2022 Scratch Competition will launch this week, run by the Irish Computer Society (ICS) and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. The Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels.  Since the inception of the Scratch competition in 2010, coding has become much more popular and is seen as an essential skill for the future. Scratch is ...

  Friday, January 14th


2021 Message from ICS

As 2021 draws to a close, we hope for a brighter new year for all of our members. None of us had thought that Covid-19 would have lasted so long or affected society or our industry so deeply. But IT professionals are resilient, and the ICS has continued to support, collaborate with and speak on behalf of our members during 2021. IT professionals have had a ...

   Friday, December 17th


Bebras 2021 Success

(Students at Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Graignamanagh, Kilkenny taking part in this years Bebras challenge)This year’s annual Bebras computational thinking challenge took place in November and over 8,000 students from more than 130 schools across the country took part, one of our highest years yet!  Thank you to all school coordinators for registering their students and taking part in the challenge, we’re ...

  Friday, December 17th


STEM Education Policy

The Department of Education STEM Education Implementation Plan 2022 – 2026 is now in phase 2 and is open for consultation. The Department’s STEM Education Policy Statement, published in November 2017 provides national focus on STEM Education in our early years’ settings and schools and sets out the ambitious goals and actions required to achieve and improve STEM education experience and outcomes for learners.  Give your views on ...

   Friday, December 17th


CEPIS Diverse IT Event

CEPIS, the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies, recently hosted an event looking at how to tackle the lack of diversity in tech in Europe, titled: “Gender equality in the IT workplace: breaking down the barriers”. The webinar on 26 November included speakers from industry, academia, non-governmental and public sector. The focus was on the challenges and opportunities related to breaking down barriers and improving ...

   Friday, December 17th


Web Accessibility Series 2021

We have recently finished our hugely successful 6-part EU Web Accessibility Directive training and information series in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA). The series started back in September and has seen over 675 people attend from a mix of public and private sector organisations across Ireland. Topics covered included reviewing your sites compliance and creating accessible content.  If you missed the series and ...

   Friday, December 17th


EU Web Accessibility Update

We are now finished our 6-part EU Web accessibility Directive Training series with National Disability Authority, which has seen over 675 attendees. If you have not been able to attend the session you can now access the recordings of all the sessions here:  Session 1: Recording  - An Introduction to the EU Web Accessibility DirectiveSlides - EU Web Accessibility 1st Info Seminar SlidesSession 2: Recording - An ...

  Friday, November 5th


Ireland ranks 5th in 2021 DESI report

The European Commission published the results of the 2021 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) earlier this month. Ireland ranks 5th of the 27 EU countries in the 2021 edition preceded only by Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.   The index shows that:  Ireland performs very well on the integration of digital technology, and maintains its high scores in the use of e-commerce by SMEs e.g. ...

   Thursday, November 25th


2021 Message from ICS

As 2021 draws to a close, we hope for a brighter new year for all of our members. None of us had thought that Covid-19 would have lasted so long or affected society or our industry so deeply. But IT professionals are resilient, and the ICS has continued to support, collaborate with and speak on behalf of our members during 2021. IT professionals have had a ...

   Friday, December 17th


Bebras 2021 Success