Smart badges, a coder hack space and an international financial district – it’s Career Zoo!
(From left) Jackie Slattery, director at Career Zoo; Julie Sharp, head of Group HR, Bank of Ireland; Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; and Cathy Donnelly, HR director, Liberty IT. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

Smart badges, a coder hack space and an international financial district – it’s Career Zoo!

4 Feb 2015

Career Zoo returns to the Convention Centre Dublin on 21 February as a new paperless event, with smart badges allowing attendees to easily swap details, CVs and employer information with each other.

An event app will provide delegates with a simple platform to connect with exhibitors and view key details about the event and its exhibitors.

“Ireland is a hotbed of opportunities for talented people right now and our goal is to bring the two together,” says Career Zoo director Brian Ó hOisín.

“We want to give professionals the chance to meet these innovative companies from various sectors who have thousands of positions to offer.”

Speaking our language

Elsewhere, Python Ireland has helped develop a dedicated ‘Coder Hack Space’, where delegates bring their coding queries with them on the day to speak with a relevant peer. The languages to be discussed on the day include Python, Java, Clojure, Ruby, .NET, F# and C++.

Coding community groups represented at the space include Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland, /Clojure Ireland/, Dublin R and Functional Kats.

There will also be an ‘International Financial District’ that will host many members of Ireland’s growing financial sector. A major area of employment for IT graduates in the country, Bank of Ireland alone has committed to hiring at least 10 people on the day.

What’s more, Tech Town will make a return to Career Zoo.

“Tech Town will showcase the growing Irish tech sector and the unique employment opportunities that are on offer. From our 2014 events, we found that 55pc of attendees were seeking opportunities in the tech sector, which again makes Tech Town a big draw for attendees,” says Ó hOisín.

Career Zoo is free to attend, but registering for the event in advance is recommended.

Gordon Hunt
By Gordon Hunt

Gordon Hunt joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist. He spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath. His favourite thing on the internet is the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.

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