Technology Changes so fast
Technology Changes so fast
No wonder we can’t keep up!
Agenda
• Childhood memories of technology
• Technology keeps getting better, faster,
smaller
• In the Home, TV, video, music….
• Then came IT – Information Technology
• Speed of change is accelerating!!
• How do we keep up?
• We can and we will and its actually up to us!!
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Childhood Memories of Technology
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More Memories…..
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Technology Advances
The Jumbo Jet!
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Information Technology
• Computers
• BIG (Mainframe) – Small (PC) – Mobile (Laptop) –
Tiny(Smartphone)
• Hardware & Software
• Internet – World Wide Web – WWW
• Searching for stuff – great fun! (for a while)
• Email – the destroyer of the delivered handwritten letter
• Online services – news, weather, sport, entertainment..
• e-commerce – eBay, Amazon, Apple, Netflix.. + 100K more
• Social Media – Myspace, Bebo, Facebook, Twitter, + 100’s
more!!
Information Technology
• Computers
• BIG (Mainframe) – Small (PC) – Mobile (Laptop) –
Tiny(Smartphone)
• Hardware & Software
• Internet – World Wide Web – WWW
• Searching for stuff – great fun! (for a while)
• Email – the destroyer of the delivered handwritten letter
• Online services – news, weather, sport, entertainment..
• e-commerce – eBay, Amazon, Apple, Netflix.. + 100K more
• Social Media – Myspace, Bebo, Facebook, Twitter, + 100’s
more!!
• ~ 1in 4 people globally (2B out of 7B)!!
Information Technology
• Computers
• BIG (Mainframe) – Small (PC) – Mobile (Laptop) –
Tiny(Smartphone)
• Hardware & Software
• Internet – World Wide Web – WWW
• Searching for stuff – great fun! (for a while)
• Email – the destroyer of the delivered handwritten letter
• Online services – news, weather, sport, entertainment..
• e-commerce – eBay, Amazon, Apple, Netflix.. + 100K more
• Social Media – Myspace, Bebo, Facebook, Twitter, + 100’s
more!!
• ~ 1in 4 people globally (2B out of 7B)!!
• What next??
What’s coming at us next??
• iWatches – body sensors – ambulance arrives before you feel sick!
• Flexible screens
• Internet of things – everything is connected!
• Smart cars, driverless cars
• Drones
• 3D Printing
• Explosion of more and better software apps for your
smartphone, tablet etc
• Etc, etc, etc – (if you have time use Google to search for new
technologies!!)
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Take
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breather!
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Back down to earth
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We have a shortage of IT skills in Ireland, and across Europe, and in the US
Numbers of young people studying IT and STEM has been falling over several years
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Lots of people today are IT savvy
Lots of people work in IT sector
If you are 60+, maybe less likely to be IT savvy
There is a Digital Divide in society
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High unemployment putting many people at risk of poverty
Disadvantaged people risk being left behind
Digital Divide aligned to the Social Divide
Government services are almost all online
People who need to access services are least likely to be able to
Few small businesses use IT to grow their business
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What needs to be done
• Government & business strategies & actions to close the Digital Divide
• NFP/NGO/community/voluntary/charitable agencies/groups committed to IT training
• in the community
• Practical training including use of email, search, Skype, e-shopping,
access to government services, online banking, Social Media, emergency services,
getting the best out of their Smartphone etc..
• IT is not only a useful (actually essential) skill today in society & it is in high demand
in industry (we currently have a shortage of IT skills)
• IT training for employment (via 3rd level colleges, Adult education, VEC’s) is a major
path to work (or back to work) e.g. FIT Ltd.
• A lot of this is well in progress but I still feel there is room for more.
• More innovative collaboration between all groups
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What is happening
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Irish Network for Digital Inclusion and Engagement
Informs government at policy level
Solutions to Digital Inclusion & Engagement
Platform of collaboration, sharing best practices and
resources
Promote a unified voice
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Introducing FIT Ltd.
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Fast Track to IT
NFP organisation operational for 13 years
Major government/business driven initiative
Engaged in:
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IT training for employment
IT training for Digital Inclusion
Government initiatives e.g. Momentum
Champions of new training schemes e.g. Associate
Professionals/Apprenticeships
– Researchers into new technology driven sectors e.g. Wind
Turbines (and their maintenance)
– Sharing our skills and experience across Europe
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FIT European Projects/Activity
• Long history of working on EC funded projects
• Committed to sharing our experience & expertise across
Europe.
• Plan to propagate the FIT training for employment model
across Europe
• Engage with EC research group JRC on projects relating to
measuring impact of work carried out by agencies engaged
in social related activities
• Active member of Telecentre Europe
• Member of Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
• Actively seeking funds from EC for projects relating to IT
training for employment.
• Working on pilot project to provide IT support to SME’s
through IT-upskilled job seekers.
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Useful Links
Company
Link
FIT Ltd.
www.fit.ie
INDIE
www.digitalinclusion.ie
Telecentre Europe
http://www.telecentre-europe.org/
Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/grand-coalition-digital-jobs
Digital Agenda for Europe
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en
European Grants
http://ec.europa.eu/contracts_grants/grants_en.htm
Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion
http://ec.europa.eu/social/home.jsp?langId=en
If you want to contact me, please do so
Manus Hanratty
FIT Ltd.
Phone 01 882 5570
Mobile 086 8112136
[email protected]
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/manus-hanratty/0/648/7aa
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Thank You
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