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Here's to the next 50 years!

This is a very special year for ICS, where we celebrate our 50th year representing the IT profession in Ireland. And not only is it the 50th Anniversary of ICS but it’s also the 20th anniversary of ECDL in Ireland.

To celebrate we have launched a 50th Anniversary micro-site to acknowledge the work of you, our members. If you have any suggestions for the site or old pictures we could link to please get in touch using the Contact Us form.

The ICS 50th Anniversary website intends to give a little bit of the history of the Irish Computer Society and hopes to represent so many of the achievements of not only the work of ICS but the creation of an industry that hardly existed 50 years ago. Who could have imagined how far computing has come in such a relatively short time or that ECDL would go on to be taught in 148 countries to over 13 million graduates!

But we are not looking back, our plans for the next 50 years are already well under way and we promise to work hard to make sure ICS remains relevant to our members in the coming years.

We have built our 50th anniversary celebrations around some key events throughout the year including the Turing Lecture, the ICS Fellows Luncheon, the World Conference on Computing in Education and a Gala Dinner in October at Clontarf Castle in October.

We began the year by hosting the Turing Lecture at Dublin Castle in partnership with the British Computer Society (who incidentally celebrate their 60th Anniversary this year). For those of you who got the chance to hear Dr Banavar speak, I’m sure you’ll agree, he presented an exciting view of the future of Artificial Intelligence and its potential for making the world a better place.

At the ICS Fellows Lunch we honoured the important contribution of all our Fellows and added Kevin Cooney - CIO & Managing Director EMEA of Xilinx to the exclusive list of Distinguished Fellows of the Irish Computer Society.

In March, we launched the National Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition with the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D.. The initiative forms part of the Skills Agenda for Europe which is being promoted across all EU Member States by the European Commission. The Irish Computer Society will co-ordinate the initiative in Ireland. 

The digital economy is growing at an unprecedented level but work must continue to boost the talent pipeline so that Ireland can capitalise on opportunities. Digital skills are at the heart of the new Skills Agenda for Europe that the European Commission published in June. The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition brings together Member States, companies, social partners, non-profit organisations and education providers who take action to tackle the lack of digital skills in Europe, so we are very proud to be involved.

The World Conference on Computing in Education took place on July 3rd-6th and featured over 200 speakers including Lord David Puttnam and the leadership of the OECD & UNESCO computer education divisions. www.wcce2017.com

The ICS Leaders Conference [Oct 12th – Clayton Hotel] and a gala dinner for all our members on October 19th at Clontarf Castle will complete our 50th anniversary celebration events. If you would like to book a table for this event please contact edwina@ics.ie.

Thank you to all our members, there's almost 10,000 of us now, how many might we be in 2067?!?


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