Belfast Telegraph

Novosco Cloud Camp: Students have focus on the future with summer IT skills programme

By Mary Kennedy

Around 40 students will get the chance to develop their skills during a summer programme with IT firm Novosco and Ulster University.

Novosco Cloud Camp, an educational initiative, is in its third year and will run at the Jordanstown campus between July 30 and August 3.

It is open to students between the ages of 16 and 17, and will provide a hands-on IT infrastructure experience.

Part of the camp will take place in Ulster University's smart environment labs, which include some of the latest smart technologies, as well as a robot called Sandy.

Professional IT engineers and Ulster University lecturers will facilitate the camp, which will also involve a tour of Novosco's Catalyst Inc headquarters.

There will be free transport from Belfast city centre to the university and students will be offered a free Raspberry Pi computer and a daily lunch voucher.

The camp will help students develop their skills in hardware and operating systems, creating a virtual server, machine learning artificial intelligence and machine vision and sensor technologies.

Novosco managing director Patrick McAliskey said: "Novosco Cloud Camp has grown each year and we are delighted to expand the camp again this year in conjunction with Ulster University.

"We were overwhelmed with the interest in last year's Novosco Cloud Camp, and we anticipate even stronger interest this year.

"We are delighted to be working with Ulster University to help deliver the camp, which we see as an invaluable initiative for skills development in Northern Ireland.

"We are very aware of the need to encourage more of our young people to choose IT, and we believe that there is no better career than IT infrastructure."

Ulster University School of Computing associate head of school Dr Nicola Ayre said: "As Northern Ireland continues to attract global tech companies and local tech companies continue to compete on a global stage, it is imperative that we have a steady stream of qualified graduates with strong technology skills to fill the well paid positions available."

Novosco employs 180 people and has clients including Premiership football teams and police forces.

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