New National Competition is launched at the second annual Intel Education Transformation Open Forum

 

 

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

- Today the second annual Intel Education Transformation Open Forum took place at the Science Gallery in Trinity College.

- The event brought together stakeholders in the education process and provided a platform to gather diverse perspectives regarding our education system and suggest possible avenues to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a 21st century knowledge based economy.

- The event also included the launch of the SmartClass initiative - a collaborative national competition being run by Intel, Steljes and the Educational Company of Ireland giving post-primary schools the opportunity to win a complete technology package for their entire first year of students.


Intel Ireland’s General Manger Eamonn Sinnott today hosted an Education Transformation Open Forum in the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. The event brought together stakeholders in the education process and provided a platform to gather diverse perspectives regarding our education system and suggest possible avenues to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a 21st century knowledge based economy .

 

The event featured a keynote address by Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. and the launch of a new SmartClass Initiative. SmartClass is a collaborative national competition being run for the first time this year by Intel, Steljes and the Educational Company of Ireland giving post-primary schools the opportunity to win a complete technology package for their entire first year of students. The technology package includes;

 

- a fizzbook laptop for every student with accompanying Smart software
- full digital curriculum content for an entire junior cycle
- wireless LAN fit-out for the school environment
- relevant teacher training facilitation

 

Others speakers at the forum included representatives from industry, academia, teacher unions, parent councils and the Department of Education and the audience was made up of members of a diversity of stakeholder groups.

 

Peter Hamilton, General Manager, Intel Performance Learning Solutions gave the second keynote address of the event, presenting Intel’s Education Transformation Model – a framework for Intel’s activities supporting governments to improve the quality of their education systems, leading to economic and social opportunities for all citizens.

 

This was followed by a lively and interactive Panel Discussion moderated by Mark Little which will featured Jerome Morrissey – Director, National Centre for Technology in Education, Regina Moran – CEO, Fujitsu Ireland, Tony Donohue – Head of social, education and innovation policy, IBEC, Tommy Walshe – President, National Parents Council post primary, Moira Leydon – Assistant General Secretary: Education and Research, ASTI.

 

In opening the event, Eamonn Sinnott said, “Innovation is the lifeblood of future prosperity for this country and we need to ensure that our education system underpins the development of a society that fosters and encourages a culture of innovative and creative thinking.”

 

“Through research and work with local governments, vendors and communities globally, Intel has developed insights into effective education transformation and we would like to share these insights to help shape our education system for future needs that support a 21st century knowledge based economy.”

 

“I sincerely hope that that this Forum will make a positive contribution in that direction by allowing us to lead a collective voice on education transformation that will materialise into joint initiatives and policy outcomes aiming to improve our Education System.”

 

During his keynote address Taoiseach Enda Kenny remarked "All students - from those studying ABCs right up to PhDs - must be encouraged and facilitated to be independent learners and to experience working creatively in teams," he said. "My vision is for all Irish students to be able to leave school or university with the confidence and the skills to create their own jobs. To break new ground. To achieve the unimaginable".

 

The Taoiseach went on to commend Intel saying "I also want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Intel who have taken the lead on this and many other educational initiatives since first arriving in Ireland. As Taoiseach, I want to express my gratitude on behalf of the country for this support".

 

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Further Information

 

Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626811383056/

 

About SmartClass

The SmartClass Initiative  is a collaborative national competition being run for the first time this year by Intel, Steljes and the Education Company of Ireland. The competition gives post-primary schools around the country the opportunity to win a complete technology package for their entire first year of students. The technology package includes a fizzbook laptop for every student, accompanying Smart software, full digital curriculum content for an entire junior cycle, wireless LAN fit-out for the school environment and relevant teacher training facilitation. The competition will be open for entries from the end of August for approximately 4 weeks with the winner being announced in October. Visit www.smartclass.ie for more.

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at
www.intel.ie or follow us on Twitter - @Intel_IRL.

About The Educational Company of Ireland
The Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) is Ireland’s leading Educational Publisher, publishing a wide range of Primary & Post Primary textbooks, resources, and digital materials in line with the Irish Curriculum. The Company is leading the way towards the digital classroom with the launch of their new Edco e-book range.  The Educational Company of Ireland, publishers of the award winning edcoDigital platform, believe that their interactive e-book solution will offer schools, pupils and parents real choice when it comes to the purchasing of educational content.
www.edco.ie.

 

About Steljes
Steljes Limited is an innovative technology distributor that sources products from around the world, working with manufacturers to customise and bring their solutions to the UK & Irish market through its specialised channel network. The company’s innovative solutions enable people to interact and communicate more effectively while working and learning. The company has been sourcing products from around the world for over 20 years, introducing LCD panels, projectors, plasma displays and interactive whiteboards to the UK & Ireland market. The company has consistently been the Ireland's number one supplier of interactive whiteboards with a market share of 40% (source: Futuresouce Consulting). Steljes Group is a privately owned company and has helped companies such SMART Technologies, Turning Technologies and AVerMedia become market leaders in their categories.
www.steljes.com.

 

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Investment of €10million in industry-led manufacturing research and energy efficiency centres will drive new business creation and support established business in creating more jobs

 

On Friday 20 May, 2011, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD launched technology centres in manufacturing research and energy efficiency both focused on helping to turn good R&D ideas into good jobs.

 

The €10million investment in industry-led technology centres follows Minister Bruton’s announcement last week of a €55 million investments in commercialisation initiatives, including a €5million the development of a technology centre with a focus on cloud computing.

 

In launching the centres, the Minister said, “I have consistently said that if we are going to get the economy growing and create jobs we have to focus on three things - reducing business costs, improving access to finance and encouraging innovation and improving commercialisation of research ideas".

 

“If we are to develop the companies of the future in Ireland, both indigenous and multinational, we must not only fund hi-tech research in our universities but also crucially ensure that the research ideas we have developed can be put into action in industry. In this way, new businesses can be created and established companies can expand and create more jobs".

 

“The Programme for Government commits to addressing that gap through establishing technology centres in order to develop good ideas into workable businesses so as to create the jobs of the future and get the economy growing again. In Ireland we are fortunate to have both a strong research capability and many of the world’s leading technology companies across a range of sectors. I am determined to ensure that we take advantage of the knowledge and expertise that exists in these companies for the benefit both of the companies themselves and of the Irish economy".

 

“The centres I am launching today are advanced industry-led institutions which represent international best practice in partnering researchers with high-tech industry, allowing them together to improve productivity, develop innovative practices and commercialise research ideas leading to expansion and jobs".

 

Welcoming the announcement Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland said, "Industry-led technology centres are regarded as one of the most sophisticated R&D vehicles internationally.  It is a model that experience shows works and can deliver real results – for the companies, for the research community and ultimately, for Ireland, giving us the opportunity to excel in key industrial and economic sectors. Their impact will be significant, supporting a more innovative, efficient and competitive Irish economy".

 

Also attending the launch and welcoming the announcement, Barry O’Leary, CEO IDA Ireland commented that "Creating employment through knowledge and innovation in our client companies is a key Government priority.  These two centres will use collaborative research to address the challenges of making Irish advanced manufacturing more competitive, and exploit the opportunities in the growing Energy, Green Technologies Life Sciences and ICT sectors. Bringing together companies with similar research needs and teaming them with highly-qualified researchers to produce marketable products and services is a highly efficient way of conducting industrial research. This collaborative approach will not only benefit the companies involved but will deliver a competitive advantage to Irish industry, reinforcing Ireland’s reputation as a flexible and innovative country".

 

These two technology centres are collaborative entities established and led by industry and supported by researchers associated with research institutions, who undertake market focussed strategic R&D for the benefit of industry.

 

The essence of the initiative is that the centres are built around industry leadership, independence and commercialisation of research, with the research business of the centre being managed by a technology leader with industrial experience.

 

Their primary objective is to increase the level of market focussed strategic research and development for the benefit of industry, leading to greater competitiveness and growth in exports and jobs in Ireland.

 

Barry Kennedy of Intel Ireland is CEO of each of the centres which both have specific areas of activity.


Barry Kennedy of Intel Ireland is CEO of each of the centres which both have specific areas of activity. Speaking at the recent launch Barry said, "These centres are important initiatives as they give the member companies a unique opportunity to collaborate with other leading manufacturers to work together on and jointly solve common challenges in manufacturing.

 

The output of the R&D taking place in these centres will help industry in its drive to be more efficient and in the case of Intel will also afford the opportunity for us to work with diverse, world leading, cross sector, manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food and ICT sectors, on their future technology requirements and enable potential new business growth".

 

Details of the two new centres:

 

The Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR Ltd)
The Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) will focus on research to enable Irish manufacturing industries to improve competitiveness via breakthroughs in cost reduction, service levels, customer responsiveness, output and productivity, cycle time and time to market, flexibility and work force development, waste reduction and product quality.  Based at Intel, the participating companies include: Intel, DePuy J&J, Boston Scientific, Analog Devices, Seagate, Bombardier, Ceramicx, EMC2, Pfizer.  Overall productivity savings of 10% have been identified and are being pursued.

 

Innovation for Ireland’s Energy Efficiency (I2E2) Research Centre
The Innovation for Ireland’s Energy Efficiency (I2E2) Research centre focuses on the reduction of energy costs within the manufacturing sector.  Based at DePuy, the participating companies include:  DePuy J&J, Analog Devices, Aughinish, Intel, Pfizer, Ceramicx, Crowley Carbon, Bombardier, Carbury, Boston Scientific, EMC2.  Overall electricity consumption cost savings of 10% have been identified and are being pursued, with the attendant environmental benefit in emissions reductions.

 

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Further Information

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.ie/ or follow us on Twitter - @Intel_IRL.

 

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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

- Intel's 2010 Matching Grant initiative saw 128 community organisations and schools from across Ireland receive grants which totaled $431,077.

- The Matching Grant program enables employees to earn a grant of $10 for every hour they volunteer at a non-proft organsiaiton or school.

- The 128 organisations which were part of the 2010 initiative included charities such as the Dublin Simon Community and Barretstown, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to swimming, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.

 

Intel yesterday, Wednesday, May 18th, celebrated the success of its 2010 Matching Grant initiative, rewarding 128 community organisations and schools from across Ireland with $431,077  (~€302,000).

 

The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to encourage Intel employees to engage in outreach and volunteerism by supporting them in giving their time and talent to qualified non–profit organisations and schools. After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified non–profit organisation, a donation or "match" will be triggered from the Intel Foundation. Grants are then paid out at $10 for every hour volunteered by an Intel employee.

 

In 2010 Intel employees volunteered over 43,000 hours that were eligible to be matched through this initiative resulting in a payout of over $431,000 for the recipient organisations.

 

Employees were recognised for these efforts at a special event held at the Intel campus in Leixlip which was attended by Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan.

 

Speaking at the celebratory event Minister Hogan said "It is important for us all to recognise the role of active citizenship in our communities and the difference that one person can make. This program is a wonderful example of Corporate Social Responsibility and I am delighted to join with you in celebrating the distribution of so many hard earned donations. I would like to thank the Intel employees for their tremendous contributions to so many organisations".

 

The 128 organisations which were part of the 2010 Matching Grant initiative included charities such as the Dublin Simon Community, Barretstown and the Society of the Vincent De Paul, a variety of sporting clubs ranging from GAA to swimming, and various other organisations such as animal sanctuaries, scouting groups and schools.

 

“Intel has a long and proud tradition of volunteering and we couldn’t have thought of a better way to recognise our employees’ achievements then by awarding these matching grants. We are delighted to be able to once again support such a diverse group of organisations with such a remarkable monetary contribution.” commented Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager, Intel Ireland. “Our employees are making a real difference in communities across Ireland through the more than 43,000 hours that have been volunteered as part of the 2010 program”.

 

This is the third year that Intel has implemented the current grant scheme and in that time more than $1.1 million has been donated to charities, schools, sports clubs, social initiatives and community schemes across Ireland. The total number of hours volunteered by employees during this time is the equivalent of having 18 people working full time in the community for the full three years.

 

The unique nature of this program is that it empowers employees to make a difference not only through their hours volunteered but also to reward their organisations with matched funding from the Intel Foundation.

 

The Intel Foundation is a philanthropic organisation focused on programs that advance education and improve communities worldwide.

 

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Further Information


Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626628255095/

 

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.ie/ or follow us on Twitter - @Intel_IRL.

 

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Intel eSchools is an infrastructure for education program which enables primary schools to embrace the use of wireless technology in the classroom. Annually, Intel donates a classroom technology package to a chosen school which includes 30 new laptops, a dedicated teacher laptop, an LCD projector and a portable trolley unit to allow the kit to be moved between classrooms.

Check out this new video which has been created to showcase the results of the 2010 program which saw eSchool packages donated to Christ the King Girls Schools in Cabra and Straffan National School, Co. Kildare.

 

 

 

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.ie/ or follow us on Twitter - @Intel_IRL.

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

- This week Intel Ireland is hosting an Innovation Camp for students aged between 16 and 18 at Kilkenny Castle.

- The two day camp is taking place after Ireland was selected to participate in a pilot program being run by Intel for 3 selected locations across Europe which aims to promote technology driven innovation and social entrepreneurship amongst young people.

- At the end of the two day process the students will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a group of judges and prizes will be awarded at a special closing ceremony which will be presided over by Mayor of Kilkenny, Martin Brett.

 

Today, Tuesday May 10th, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, officially opened an Intel Innovation Camp for a group of 50 Kilkenny students aged between 16 and 18.

 

The two day camp, being hosted at Kilkenny Castle, is taking place after Ireland was selected to participate in a pilot program being run by Intel for 3 selected locations across Europe which aims to promote technology driven innovation and social entrepreneurship amongst young people.

 

The Innovation Camp, which is also being supported by the Invest Kilkenny initiative, gives the students, from Colaiste Pobail Osrai and Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown, the opportunity to develop innovative technology solutions for a relevant social problem. The framework of the workshop is a game that guides the students through a 4-step innovation process combining technology-driven and user-driven innovation in an easily understandable way. The Kilkenny students will take on the problem of how to address solutions to meet the growing demands of an aging population.

 

At the end of the two day process the students will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a group of judges and prizes will be awarded at a special closing ceremony which will be presided over by Mayor of Kilkenny, Martin Brett.  The first prize for the students is being sponsored by Taxback.com.

 

The initiative is being facilitated by SPUTNiK|5, who specialise in the delivery of innovation camps, and is being supported by partners in the region including Invest Kilkenny, Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Castle. Local entrepreneurs Terry Clune of Taxback.com and Joe Dalton of Intellehealth will share their positive experiences of entrepreneurship with the students. The Camp is also being supported by Mary Aherne from the HSE who will provide important context to the ageing population problem that the students are aiming to address.

 

In officially opening the challenge Minister Hogan remarked “Ireland is a small country and we will need to be smart if we are to hold our own in a competitive and rapidly changing global environment. Innovation initiatives such as this one are exactly the integration that is needed between science and technology and I would encourage the students here today to think big - there is no reason why young Irish people should not create a world beating company. I would also like to congratulate and thank Intel for the program and for choosing Kilkenny students to participate”.

 

Also speaking at the launch was Brendan Cannon, Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Ireland, who commented, “Entrepreneurship is fundamental to economic growth and it is important to first inspire entrepreneurship by inspiring innovation amongst young people who will be the key to driving this future economic growth. Core to this process is that the students are being given the opportunity to consider technology innovations that can address a very real and relatable problem. We hope that the students here today will become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs”.

 

Invest Kilkenny was launched last October by the Kilkenny local authorities to promote the city and county as a centre of innovation and a place to do business.

 

Kilkenny County Manager, Joe Crockett, welcomed the nurturing of budding entrepreneurs by Intel, and the effort to equip our young people with the skills to help them become the star innovators of tomorrow.

 

“We need to get our students excited about science, social entrepreneurship and technology driven innovation and to inspire them. Creativity and progressive thinking are at the very heart of what Kilkenny has to offer and we are delighted to be able to assist the Intel Foundation on the launch of this program, and to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in their creative endeavours and to help create an environment in which our greatest asset, our people, can thrive” Mr. Crockett remarked.

 

Intel supports the ecosystem of innovation through workshops programs and contests throughout the world. The goal of these initiatives is to build capacity for universities, governments and NGOs around the world to develop a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for technology start-up companies.

 

Intel has been involved in Education since it first came to Ireland in 1989 and in that time we have spent more than €25 million driving programs which support transformation in curriculum, infrastructure and teacher development.

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Further Information


Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626564769447/

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.ie/
or follow us on Twitter - @Intel_IRL.

 

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