Posts Tagged ‘digital world’

Inspiring Generation Z to become Scotland’s future cyber crime fighters

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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The hunt is on for the nation’s best young codebreakers as Cyber Games Scotland launches its 2017 competition during a week of dedicated digital skills events run by organisations across Scotland.

Now open for registrations, Cyber Games Scotland is part of a wider drive to inspire more young people to pick a career fighting cyber crime.

The competition tests teams of 12 to 16 year olds in innovative scenarios designed to develop the practical and usable cyber security skills in demand by industry. Last year 176 teams from schools across Scotland registered to ‘crack each other’s code’.
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Mapping tech role models and mentoring in Scotland to attract girls into digital careers

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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A new initiative promoting greater use of female role models and mentors in schools has been launched as part of Scotland’s strategy to tackle the gender imbalance in digital technology. (more…)

From drones to little lighthouses – 10 inspiring projects funded by Digital Xtra

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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The Digital Xtra fund has awarded £150,000 to a series of sustainable digital initiatives aimed at engaging and inspiring Scotland’s next generation of digital makers.

Sums of up to £25,000 were awarded to support 10 extracurricular computing science projects, including one that uses the context of lighthouses to introduce young people to STEM concepts, and another that teaches young people to code using the BBC Micro:bit. (more…)

Action plan in development to attract more women into technology

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Supporting and encouraging greater female participation in digital technology could open up a rich seam of talent to support Scotland’s digital future, according to research behind an action plan to address the gender imbalance.

Over the years the number of women working in digital technology roles has declined, but more recently there have been improvements. Research completed on behalf of Scotland’s Digital Technology Skills Group found that women remain underrepresented, accounting for 18 per cent of the workforce. (more…)

Digital Xtra opens new round of funding for extracurricular computing projects

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and awarded £250,000 to 12 projects, which expect to reach a combined total of 10,500 young people across the country by March 2017. An additional £150,000 has now been made available in response to the high number of applications received for the first round of funding.

Applications open today (3 October) via Public Contracts Scotland and eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Funding is intended to support enterprising organisations that give young people aged 16 and under opportunities to learn computer science related digital skills and contribute to widening the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities across Scotland.
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New funding opportunity with Digital Xtra coming soon

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project.

The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
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Scottish technology companies join support for diversity in software development

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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A leading software development conference in Scotland has seen a significant increase in the number of underrepresented groups speaking at and attending their conferences, thanks to a number of initiatives.

The Scottish JavaScript Conference (ScotlandJS), was attended by over 250 people this year, with 50% of speakers and 30% of attendees being female or non-binary (individuals who do not identify as either male or female).

The initiatives, undertaken by the event’s organisers to increase participation from more diverse groups come in direct response to the overwhelming number of men in the Scottish software development industry. Women and other minorities are hugely underrepresented in Scotland’s tech sector, with 96% of software developers being male.
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Glasgow’s first start-up school searches for digital entrepreneurs of the future

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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A Glasgow tech incubator is launching an ambitious start-up school for teens which will give them the chance to pitch their ideas to real life investors.

Working alongside Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland, RookieOven is giving 16-18 year olds from Glasgow the chance to take part in its first pioneering Academy programme, during which they will devise creative digital product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.

Students will be learning from some of the brightest minds in the RookieOven community, as well as some of the most prominent leaders in Scottish tech start-ups. Ashley Baxter, founder of Insurance by Jack, Cally Russell, CEO of Mallzee, and Rohan Gunatillake, creator of Mindfulness Everywhere, will be among the entrepreneurs sharing their top tips, imparting advice and providing inspiration to the young people.

The Academy is the brainchild of Michael Hayes, founder of the RookieOven co-working space and co-founder of Add Jam, a mobile and web app development agency. Michael was inspired to create the Academy by a teacher friend who went above and beyond to harness the creative talent of a student who, while gifted at graphic design, was struggling academically.
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Discovering Digital World roadshow for all ages comes to Dundee

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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From ethical hacking to virtual reality, Dundee is at the cutting edge of digital technology and this Thursday (3 March) people of all ages can learn how they could be part of this growing sector.

Leading industry professionals and Scottish technology businesses have teamed up with Skills Development Scotland and Young Scot to offer an insight into the wide variety of careers in this constantly evolving industry. The roadshow is coming to Dundee as part of the Discovering Digital World series, which will visit eight towns and cities across Scotland between February and May.
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Girls into Digital World launches at Microsoft Scotland

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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An innovative role model programme dedicated to encouraging more girls to challenge convention and pursue digital careers launches today (1 March) at Microsoft’s Scottish HQ.

‘Girls into Digital World’ is a three-day programme of activities to inspire and engage girls in S3 take up digital careers, running in Edinburgh from 15-17 March 2016.

A group of 36 girls chosen from across Edinburgh will participate in the programme of visits, talks with role models, and “hands on” activities with employers. The new initiative will be run by Skills Development Scotland with partners Microsoft, Standard Life, Edinburgh College and Heriot Watt University.
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Scottish school students celebrate launch of political app in London

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

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A group of Scottish school students have turned their creative technology idea into reality after winning a dragon’s den style competition to design apps that solve real world problems.
The students from Wick High School are travelling to London for the official launch of their award-winning app at The Barbican on 4 February alongside six other Apps for Good teams from across the UK.
Wick High School’s One Click Politics app, which is designed to get young people tuned in to the political world, won the ‘Information’ category at the national Apps for Good Awards in June 2015.

Since then, the team has been working with agency partners to develop their concept professionally and the app will be available to download from Google’s Play Store this week.
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Young Scot and Skills Development Scotland join forces for Digital World tour

Friday, December 11th, 2015

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A series of interactive roadshows has been launched to showcase the exciting possibilities on offer to young people in Scotland if they pursue a career in digital technology.

Discovering Digital World is a partnership between national youth charity Young Scot and My World of Work, Skills Development Scotland’s online careers information and advice service.

Aimed primarily at secondary school pupils in year groups s1-s3, the innovative series of events will provide attendees with hands-on workshops, masterclasses and engaging demonstrations testing out products and dabbling in coding, design and developing.
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First Lego League Inspires 1,000 Scottish Children to Revel in Robotics

Monday, December 7th, 2015

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Lambda Jam and the RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) have been building on the success of last year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) to bring the enjoyment of robotics to 1,000 Scottish schoolchildren.

The young master builders and inventors have been gearing up to put their robots and ideas to the test at tournaments across the country.

Working in teams, children aged 9 – 16 have spent three months designing, building and programming Lego robots, which are capable of tackling a variety of set missions.

This season’s missions have been centred on the theme of TRASH TREK, which has encouraged participants to think about the world’s problem of waste. (more…)

Scottish teenagers get the lowdown on Cyber Crime this Christmas

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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The next generation of Scottish tech stars will have the chance to learn about cyber security and hacking prevention this Christmas through a series of fun and informative lectures.

Over 2000 secondary school pupils from across Scotland are lined up to attend the annual Cyber Security Christmas Lectures hosted by five top universities. The organisers aim to inspire more young people to consider a career in cyber security and Scotland’s wider digital technologies sector.

Cyber security has never been more important and cyber-crime is costing UK firms an average of £4.1 million per incident, up from £3.07 million in 20131. And according to a recent PwC report2, 38% more security incidents were detected in 2015 than in the previous year, and theft of “hard” intellectual property increased 56%. (more…)


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