Monday, March 1, 2010

Smart Futures Seminar

This evening,  I spoke at the Smart Futures Seminar being hosted at Clyde Rd,  in conjunction with our STEPS team,  ICT Ireland,  Discover Science and Engineering,  and Fasttrack to IT.   The main purpose of the evening was to launch the Irish participation in the European wide eSkills week,  and in particular to brief and assist new volunteers from the Engineering profession who are interested in participating in our schools outreach programme via STEPS.  About 80 people attended.

The event was hosted by Paul Sweetman of ICT Ireland.  Minister Conor Lenihan was our chief guest speaker,  and spoke passionately without notes,  on the Government thinking behind the smart economy,  and the progress to date.

A number of senior managers and CEOs then spoke about their own personal experiences in career choice,  and the current opportunities in the profession.   They were:

  • Denis Canty,  Alps Electric;
  • Jim Glennon,  Chairman Edelman;
  • Austin McCabe,  VP Symantec;
  • Regina Moran,  CEO Fujitsu Ireland;
  • Paul O'Riordan,  country leader of Oracle; and
  • Liam Ryan, SAP Ireland MD
I was absolutely delighted to see so many people volunteering to get involved in promoting the profession,  and hope in due course we will get many more.

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