CoderDojo Belfast June 2014 Belt Awards
Monday, June 09th, 2014 | Author: admin

CoderDojo Awards

(Rear L-R) Niall Casey (Invest NI), Dr Jonathan Heggarty (Belfast Met), Prof Paul Hanna (University of Ulster)

(Front L-R) CoderDojo Belt award winners – Maisie, Olivia, James & Daniel

On Saturday 7th June CoderDojo Belfast celebrated another successful year of developing young coders programming skills by awarding 70 belts to kids aged 6-16. The awards ceremony was attended by over 120 including CoderDojo Belfast young coders, their parents and representatives from those who support CoderDojo Belfast.

Professor Paul Hanna from the University of Ulster was our guest speaker and spoke about the importance of programming and the career prospects of those with programming skills.

Niall Casey from InvestNI, who sponsor the Dojo, presented the belts to the young coders.

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs which teach young people to learn how to write computer code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.

CoderDojo Belfast was founded by Belfast Metropolitan College in association with Momentum in April 2012 and makes development and coding fun and tries to make coding a sociable and rewarding experience which will hopefully encourage young people to pursue a career in ICT.

Further information on CoderDojo Belfast can be obtained from Peter Doherty, CoderDojo Belfast Champion and organizer by visiting www.coderdojobelfast.com or following us on twitter @CoderDojoBMC.

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Finalist – Apprentice of the Year 2014
Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Author: Peter Doherty

Since joining Kainos, Marty quickly became a popular member of the team who instinctively strikes a natural balance between humour and professionalism.  He has represented Kainos at several external functions for the Apprenticeship scheme including meeting with:

  • Kurdistan President – Massoud Barzani;
  • Employment and Learning Deputy Secretary – Catherine Bell and Minister Stephen Farry.
During his time within the internal team Marty undertook some excellent pieces of work including (but not limited to);
  • Researching and implementing a printing solution with access control and developed processes to ensure the facilities team can manage consumable costs.
  • Seamless upgrade and deployment of corporate antivirus solution to ensure compatibility with new Apple Mac operating system release.
  • Development and testing of new Windows 8.1 build.
  • Detailed analysis of performance issues of a new SaaS solution for the Chief Financial Officer.
  • Implementation of another SaaS solution into Kainos to introduce Kanban boards for Agile project delivery.
Typically a less experienced team member would “cut their teeth” on Kainos’ internal IT infrastructure before getting involved with our external customer facing work, however in less than a year Marty has been able to undertake an on-site customer facing role on one of our key support accounts performing an application support and data processing role which included performing deployments to production environments.  Importantly Marty has also received very positive feedback from the client.
Marty is a natural infrastructure services engineer; he has a passion for technology and a thirst for knowledge and has obtained many certifications during the apprenticeship scheme.   Marty was promoted from band 7 to 6 last October which was definitely well deserved.  As one of our first apprentice engineers he has shown the team what can be accomplished through a passion for IT and a can-do attitude.  A good man and a pleasure to work with.
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BEST Awards 2014
Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Author: admin

Awards Ceremony 27th June 13
Friday, June 28th, 2013 | Author: admin

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(L-R) Andrew Flood Chief Operating Officer Prodigy Learning, Peter Doherty BMC,
Brenda Duffy Head of Faculty of Technologies BMC,
Jonathan Heggarty Head of School of Electronic & Computing Technologies BMC,
Brian Beneda Manager WW HP Institute Program

 

The School of Electronic & Computing Technologies has recently been presented with the status of Centre of Excellence by Prodigy Learning for their development & implementation of professional IT qualifications in the curriculum.

Andrew Flood, Prodigy Learning presented the award to Brenda Duffy (HoF), Jonathan Heggarty (HoS) and Peter Doherty from the School for their on-going implementation of Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Technology Associate, Microsoft Office Specialist and Adobe Certified Associate qualifications in the school.

These valuable, industry recognised qualifications are offered throughout the school to learners on various full time level 3-5 courses in the Titanic Quarter, Castlereagh and Millfield campuses and in part time formats as standalone qualifications.

Belfast Met are also proud to be currently involved in the new HP ATA certification via Prodigy Learning. This new certification is centred around cloud computing and Belfast Metropolitan College will be the first educational establishment on the island of Ireland, and one of the first in the world, to offer this industry leading certification from the HP ExpertONE range of certifications.

Further information regarding professional IT qualifications can be obtained by contacting Peter Doherty (pdoherty@belfastmet.ac.uk) for further information.

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CoderDojo Belfast celebrated awarding their 150th belt to young coders at Belfast Metropolitan College on Saturday 8th June 2013. The awards ceremony was attended by CoderDojo Belfast young coders, their parents and representatives from those who support CoderDojo Belfast. As part of the ceremony John Healy from Citi, one of the sponsors of the Dojo, announced the winners of their competition to create a game for Citi.

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs which teach young people to learn how to write computer code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.

CoderDojo Belfast was founded by Belfast Metropolitan College in association with Momentum in April 2012 and makes development and coding fun and tries to make coding a sociable and rewarding experience which will hopefully encourage young people to pursue a career in ICT.

On Saturday 8th June 81 belts were awarded to those who have participated in CoderDojo Belfast over the past year. To date over 220 children aged 6-16 have been involved in CoderDojo Belfast with over 150 belts awarded to acknowledge the achievement of them learning new skills and assisting others in various technologies.

Justin Edwards, Director of Curriculum and Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Belfast Metropolitan College, said: “The College embarked on the CoderDojo as an initiative to promote and encourage software engineering from an early age. The initiative has been more successful than we could have imagined and this is down to the support from industry, volunteer staff from our own college and, of course, parents. We hope to develop the initiative further, helping create the programmers and imagineers of tomorrow.”

CoderDojo Belfast is supported by a number of local, national and international organisations such as Citi. Part of the support Citi provides is a competition for the children to develop a game using a program called GameMaker with the theme of “responsible finance”. The competition entries will be utilised by Citi to attract young people to consider a career in the areas of IT and Financial Services. Head of School for Electronic and Computing Technologies and a CoderDojo champion, Dr Jonathan Heggarty, said “From the very beginning of Coder Dojo Belfast, Citi have supported the project and contributed greatly to our success. It is fantastic for both the college and the young coders to have the support of such an important world class industry leader and the week to week support of their volunteer mentors.”

(L-R) Justin Edwards, Belfast Metropolitan College, Finn Chapman, 3rd Place Prize Winner Jamie Marshall, 1st Place Prize Winner, Ronan Nugent, 2nd Place Prize Winner, John Healy, Citi

 

After congratulating all entrants and presenting the top prizes John Healy from Citi said “Citi is delighted to be part of the CoderDojo initiative. It is a really great way to get the innovators of tomorrow engaged in technology today.”

Further information on CoderDojo Belfast can be obtained from Peter Doherty, CoderDojo Belfast Champion and organizer by visiting www.coderdojobelfast.com or following us on twitter @CoderDojoBMC.

All the competition entrants with (Left) John Healy (Citi), (Right) Justin Edwards (BMC) and Catherine Bell (DEL)

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