Dell’s first Youth Cloud Summit teaches students that IT isn’t just for geeks

15 Nov 2012

As part of Ireland’s Science Week 2012, Dell hosted its inaugural Youth Cloud Summit today at its cloud R&D centre to educate local students about cloud computing and the important role it plays in their daily lives.

Students from schools in the area were invited to Dell’s Cherrywood, Dublin, campus to see demos of the cloud in action and experience cloud technology first hand. A session entitled ‘IT is not Just for Geeks’ aimed to highlight what a career in tech is like and make these young people aware of the career prospects in this sector.

Cloud technologists from Dell spoke with students about what happens on a daily basis in the cloud centre and advised them on educational choices that will help them to get a career in this growing sector.

The students were also given a coding session from Dell’s CoderDojo volunteers.

A good career choice

“Dell is always eager to play its part in encouraging students to consider the technology sector as a great career choice. Our focus for students today is on the cloud as this is an area that has been the focus of a lot of attention in Ireland in recent months,” said Dermot O’Connell, general manager of Dell Ireland.

“As a leader in cloud, we felt that it was important that students understand what it is all about, explain to them how they are already probably interacting with the cloud through their mobile devices and to help them to start to think about how they might leverage the power of the cloud for some ideas that they might already have for business or technology ventures,” he added.

Dr Graham Love, director of policy and communications for Science Foundation Ireland with responsibility for Discover Science & Engineering, was happy to see Dell focus on cloud computing for Science Week 2012. “With the Government committed to making Ireland a centre of excellence for cloud, it is important that our students understand the potential that cloud presents, and we hope that it encourages them to consider a career in the area,” he said.

“Initiatives such as today’s Cloud Youth Summit, in addition to the other events being run under the auspices of Science Week, are essential for encouraging students into careers in engineering, science and technology.”

Science Week 2012 ends on 18 November and more than 500 events have been scheduled nationwide around the theme of ‘Everyday Experimenting’.

Join Ireland’s digital leaders who will gather to discuss cloud computing and the big data revolution at the Cloud Capital Forum on Friday, 23 November, at the Convention Centre Dublin

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic