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  • Games Fleadh 2015 to shine a lightsaber on Irish gaming | Digital Times
    challenge Robocode and the Game Studio Endless Runner competition the winners and runners up of which will present their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California Santa Cruz UCSC Greenlight Committee Brenda and John Romero have each more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry over 150 game titles such as DOOM and Quake to their credit dozens of awards and have collectively founded nine game companies Games Fleadh 2015 Games Fleadh will also feature games development and research talks by industry veterans such as Bryan Neider who will assist in the judging process for the various under graduate competitions Neider is senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Electronic Arts EA labels which collectively are responsible for producing some of the bestselling video game titles of all time including The Sims FIFA Battlefield and Madden NFL This is a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector said Dr Liam Noonan Lecturer at LIT s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles at the launch of Games Fleadh 2015 In terms of career development participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry It is these up and coming game developers and their innovative ideas that will act as the catalyst for job creation in the Irish game development sector says Noonan Games Fleadh 2015 is open to the public for free Online registration is available at www gamesfleadh ie For more visit www twitter com gamesfleadh or search Twitter gamesfleadh Related posts Irish game developers need marketing support to survive A bridge to a

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/games-fleadh-2015/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Dropr - a great place to find creative people - Digital Times | Digital Times
    Irish developer Noel Lynagh and Matt Cyrankiewicz from Poland have created a new easy to use platform for creatives to network and showcase their work Dropr 1 1 was conceived by the two multimedia graduates while they worked freelance creating portfolio websites for bands and artists yet struggled with available tools Dropr allows creatives photographers artists film makers etc to upload their work and create a portfolio thus attracting either buyers clients or potential employers Since its launch the site owners say there are over 1 000 new creatives and artists registering daily Related posts Marketing creative content skills are increasingly in demand Details of Digital Biscuit 2014 announced tickets on sale 30 of people in work are currently looking for a new job Cover artists can now get paid for videos on YouTube creative portfolios Dropr online profiles Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin Subscribe to our feed Search DT Articles Stephen Conmy editor of Digital Times

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/dropr-a-new-platform-to-build-creative-portfolios/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Google to give its Project Ara smartphone to creative developers - Digital Times | Digital Times
    to send out its Project Ara modular smartphone to certain developers who may have great ideas on how to create new modules Developers should apply and applicants have to submit a brief overview of their idea for an Ara module along with the targeted users and potential market Google wants great Project Ara concepts We will prioritise requests based on technical experience and the strength of your module concept says Google In other words We will give the phones to developers with really cool ideas If you live in Cuba Iran North Korea and Syria however tough luck Google isn t allowed to ship dev boards to these countries For some reason or other How to apply Applications will be reviewed in stages the current review period ends on July 17 2014 The next review period will start on July 18 and end on August 17 2014 You will receive a notification via email one week after the review period ends If approved dev boards will be shipped to you starting in late July 2014 Documentation for the dev boards is available at projectara com dev boards you may also email ara dev google com for additional support requests Related posts Google s Android now dominates world smartphone market Encrypt your site and make Google happy Google s DevArt exhibition revealed Open data project leads to web app for political contacts dev kits Google Project Ara smartphones Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us on facebook Follow us on linkedin Subscribe to our feed Search DT Articles Stephen Conmy editor of Digital Times is now

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/google-to-give-its-project-ara-smartphone-to-creative-developers/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Future Creators programme inspires career choices | Digital Times
    half of the graduates all aged between 13 16 years old and from the Dublin Liberties area say the programme has strongly influenced the career path they would now like to follow Further study and career choices by the graduates include media studies engineering music media journalism maths programming games development computer graphics film production animation computer science IT and business Established in 2011 by The Digital Hub and run in conjunction with National College of Art and Design NCAD and H2 Learning the Future Creators programme aims to give young people from Dublin 8 digital skills including coding app development digital photography filmmaking and website development The students participating in the 2015 Future Creators programme 10 boys and 11 girls are from the following schools in Dublin 8 CBS Synge Street CBS James Street Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount St Patricks Grammar School Mercy Convent Inchicore and Loreto College Crumlin Future Creators is a wonderful opportunity for young people to have access to digital technologies digital understanding and digital production but also to gain the communication and negotiation skills necessary to function and prosper in the world today It is a ground breaking initiative and NCAD is proud to be a partner in such a creative process says Professor Declan McGonagle director of NCAD Related posts A bridge to a career in the real world of the games industry New course for students aiming to be FIT for a career in IT Irish students and teachers in the dark about future jobs A tech entrepreneur development programme for jobseekers Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/digital-hubs-future-creators-programme-inspires-career-choices/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Digital world is increasingly disrupting Irish businesses | Digital Times
    company back with 64 planning to take on extra staff in the coming months higher than the global average of just 45 In terms of wages 29 of Irish IT execs have received a pay rise in the past year similar to the global average of 31 Stronger representation of women 11 of responses in Ireland came from female IT leaders 2 higher than the global average More likely to appoint a head of digital 20 of CIO s in Ireland currently have a chief digital officer 3 above than the global average Priorities are changing The top priority for 72 of Irish CIOs is delivering operational efficiencies up from 59 last year The importance of delivering business intelligence has risen by 16 over the past year to 59 However emphasis on the development of new products has fallen by 4 to 54 in the same period CIOs are on the move Almost a fifth 17 plan to move roles within the next 12 months a 4 increase on figures for last year In comparison less than one in ten 9 intend to stay with their current company for the next decade down slightly 1 in the past year From an Irish perspective the results confirm the extent to which digital technology is disrupting traditional business models says Paul Toner partner and head of management consulting at KPMG As a result many organisations are changing investment priorities however there is a lack of consistency in the models being used to respond to the challenge Separately senior decision makers and board members are increasingly aware of cyber security not just as a technology risk but as a very real threat to their business Meanwhile it s encouraging to see that Ireland is outperforming other countries in terms of female IT leaders

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/digital-world-harvey-nash-survey/ (2016-02-11)
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  • EdTech sector has 'great potential for job-creation' | Digital Times
    between 2012 and 2014 and it is estimated that the global market will be worth more than 250 billion by 2017 Latest figures for Ireland show that in 2013 there were 2 366 jobs in the EdTech sector and it was responsible for 228 million in revenues and over 170 million in exports that year The Learnovate Centre hosted by Trinity College and located at the Trinity Technology Enterprise Campus is part funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA The Centre s director Dr Martyn Farrows said that the combination of Ireland s three decade long record in EdTech aligned with a pedigree in research gives Ireland an international edge in the sector Guest speakers at the conference include Pat Chadbourne a US thought leader in designing and implementing futuristic workforce planning and analytics solutions for global organisations Sharon Claffey Kaliouby State Street global advisors Boston USA Alan Gray BNY Mellon Mary Moloney CoderDojo Regina Murray Microsoft and Gearoid Mooney director of ICT commercialisation at Enterprise Ireland At our conference we ll have a mix of both Irish and international speakers attending and they will be discussing the sector in all its forms from the traditional educational space to the corporate level We ll also have a number of projects displayed to demonstrate the sector and its growth potential says Farrows Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton says the Irish government has put in place a range of measures to target job creation in this area including the establishment of the Learnovate Centre and this conference will help with the next wave of supports for this key sector Related posts Social enterprises come together to discuss the future of 1 4 billion sector Google and Trinity plan to create more 21st Century teachers Over one million people in

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/edtech-ireland/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Aviva and Realex Payments strike a three year deal | Digital Times
    solution Aviva has fully integrated its systems with Realex Payments for web based and call centre transactions The account structure allows Aviva to manage payments from all its brands and channels through one interface Realex Payments will also provide Aviva with custom reporting Its fraud management solution specifically the transaction screening and pattern checking tools assists in the identification of suspicious transactions We process over 200 000 transactions monthly so resilience and scalability in our payment solution is crucial to us The team at Realex Payments was instrumental in the success of the integration says Mike Lincoln payments manager at Aviva Realex Payments has been established in the insurance sector for many years processing over 2bn per annum for insurers Related posts Global Payments buys Realex Payments for 115 million Journalists hired to blog and tweet Aviva stadium news Would you trust the Bank of Facebook Why Stripe is a great payment option for online sellers Realex Payments Stephen Conmy Editor writer content specialist digital consultant and event organiser Read more by Stephen Conmy Follow Stephen Conmy on Follow Stephen Conmy on twitter Follow Stephen Conmy on facebook Follow Stephen Conmy on linkedin Partners Follow us on twitter Follow us

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/aviva-and-realex-payments/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Girls feel tech careers are mainly for boys | Digital Times
    these are based on unfounded perceptions and stereotypes which we need to tackle says Paula Neary client director at Accenture Ireland As Ireland continues to position itself as the epicentre of the world s digital economy we need to future proof the talent pipeline so that half the population is not excluded from the opportunities that are presented into the future and to this end industry also has a role to play says Neary The role of industry Professor Mark Ferguson director general of Science Foundation Ireland and chief scientific adviser to the Government of Ireland responded to the report saying that through the Smart Futures programme Science Foundation Ireland aims to support students and their key influencers parents teachers and guidance counsellors in their college course and career decision making In the current academic year 350 industry volunteers have been trained on delivering their career story to young students enabling 250 school visits offering 12 400 students nationwide an opportunity to hear first hand about the career opportunities available To date over 50 STEM related organisations in ICT PharmaChem Medical Devices Space Engineering and Energy sectors have participated in Smart Futures outreach activities coordinated in partnership with Engineers Ireland The challenge now is to continue to grow industry involvement in the Smart Futures programme which will allow us to reach more students with a particular emphasis on recruiting more female role models to spread the word that girls can look forward to an exciting and prosperous future in the science and tech sector one where they can really make a difference I strongly encourage more industry champions to get involved says Professor Ferguson Key findings from the Accenture report Four in five girls and young women 80 believe that studying STEM subjects creates a lot of career opportunities with the chance to invent new products services 59 the chance to cure diseases 59 and high salaries 57 being the things most associated with this sector Yet nearly half 48 of this group believe that STEM subjects match male career jobs Almost one third think STEM subjects fit boys brains 29 and personalities and hobbies 27 better How good girls are at the subject 94 the subject syllabus 92 and whether the subject teacher is knowledgeable 91 are considered the most important factors for girls when deciding which subjects to choose 87 believe whether the subject teacher is fun is also important Providing a wider range of life skills 59 enjoyment of course content 59 and supporting chosen career paths 51 are the biggest reason for wanting study STEM subjects Perceived difficult subject syllabus 58 and lack of information around subjects 37 were other contributing factors for females not choosing STEM subjects While teachers and parents 42 agree that there is a perception that STEM subjects are for boys only teachers also believe some careers appeal exclusively to boys or girls for example nursing 78 beauty hairdressing 78 and child care 67 appeal exclusively to girls while engineering 78 game

    Original URL path: http://www.digitaltimes.ie/girls-feel-tech-careers-are-mainly-for-boys/ (2016-02-11)
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