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29 Jun 2022

Gaeltacht students explore the future of technology and, innovation

Workshop on IT Innovations for Sustainability

Gaeltacht students explore the future of technology and, innovation

Brian Kelly, CSR Lead, TCS Letterkenny Global Delivery Centre with (l-r) :Tristan Boyle, Seighean O’Baoill, Ciaran McDaid, Shaun Rodgers, Ellie Douglas, Katie Ward, Killian Gillespie, Aidan McGee

Ninety school students from three Irish Language speaking secondary schools in Donegal took part in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Workshop on IT Innovations for Sustainability.

Students from Pobalscoil na Rosann (Rosses Community School), Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola (PCC Falcarragh) and Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore Community School) were among the attendees as they took part in the workshop which explored ideas around the future of technology, innovation and building sustainable communities.

They were joined by Brian Kelly, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Letterkenny and Tim Kelley, Threat Management Centre Lead at the TCS Letterkenny Global Delivery Centre.

The workshop was part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Review Innovators U35 Europe Festival of Innovation - EmtechEurope.

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Mr Kelly delivered his introduction of TCS to the students through Irish and was delighted to be part of such a prestigious event. He outlined TCS’ commitment to education highlighting the TCS STEM GoIT Program for schools and the TCS STEM Monthly GoIT Challenge. Brian outlined that, coincidentally, the current GoIT monthly challenge is to Create Digital Solutions to Promote Healthy Eating to Our Communities regarding Sustainability.

This became one of the workshop’s central discussion topics, drawing great plaudits from the judges of the Innovators U35 Europe Festival of Innovation.

Speaking at the event Mr Kelley talked of his appreciation, post-pandemic, of being able to engage and work directly with some of the finest young minds.

“I know both organisations, Údarás Na Gaeltachta and TCS, are working tirelessly to bring every opportunity to the Donegal region, helping to show what is so special about the people of the Northwest of Ireland and this region in particular.

"Together, as Údarás have shown by hosting the MIT Young Innovators program, and by including the secondary schools, we can help encourage and develop the innovation mindset in our youth.”

Last week, transition year students from Mulroy College in Milford, attended the TCS Letterkenny Global Delivery Centre, for a Career Pathways Session.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) Skills Workshop was run in association with Junior Achievement Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

TCS hosted a visit by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD earlier this month where he was briefed on growth plans for the TCS Letterkenny GDC to become a major strategic hub in providing digital transformation services to clients in Ireland and across the world.

To find out more about careers in TCS Letterkenny log on to www.tcscareers.ie

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