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VANRATH supports BelTech EDU Day 2024

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22nd Feb 2024

In partnership with VANRATH, BelTech EDU will return in March with its eleventh annual conference to support the next generation of aspiring technologists.

Taking place at Titanic Belfast on 8 March, this year’s sold-out BelTech EDU will see over 400 students gain insights from leading industry experts and hear from a stellar line up of engaging guest speakers. Students will have the opportunity to explore the potential of AI through live demonstrations and can participate in an online app competition to design an app prototype aimed at young people.

Tailored to post-primary students, BelTech EDU will feature an inspirational career panel with advice and information available from leaders in the tech sector, to give students an insight into the alternative routes for employment.

One of the main themes of BelTech EDU, this year, is the power of Generative AI. BelTech EDU will explore practical applications, ethics, cyber security, and environmental considerations of Artificial Intelligence.

Kainos, Danske Bank, and partners are inviting students aged 13-18 to participate in an online app competition to design an app prototype for young people, with £500 up for grabs for the winning design.

Matthew Evers, Director of IT Recruitment at VANRATH, said:

“VANRATH is proud to support this year’s BelTech EDU day. BelTech EDU creates an environment for students to connect, learn and share their ideas. At VANRATH we are committed to inspiring and investing in the next generation of emerging talent, and BelTech provides an unparalleled learning opportunity for post-primary students. This year’s EDU day has a fantastic line up of accomplished speakers and will showcase live demonstrations with cutting-edge technology, and I have no doubt that it will be an impactful day for young tech enthusiasts.”

Danielle Keenan, Social Responsibility Manager at Kainos, said:

“BelTech EDU is designed with students in mind, to encourage collaboration, widen participation, and bring students together from different backgrounds to immerse themselves in a day of learning and lively discussion. It is fitting that this year’s BelTech EDU will take place on International Women’s Day, and we hope that this day fosters a supportive environment where girls can showcase their skills, learn from others, and realize their potential in the field.

Women play an important role in shaping the landscape of the technology industry, and as leading tech companies in the region, we have a social responsibility to prepare young people for the jobs of the future by providing them with the information necessary to make sustainable career choices.”

Chloe McAree, Senior Software Engineer at Hamilton Robinson, said:

“The vitality of our industry hinges on showcasing to the younger generation the incredible opportunities available to them, should they choose to pursue a career in technology. Back in 2014, I attended the BelTech EDU day with my ICT class. I wasn’t sure of my own career path and wasn’t aware of the roles available in the tech industry. BelTech EDU kickstarted my career in technology, so to be a curator of this year’s EDU is a full circle moment for me.”

To find out more and register for the conference which takes place on 8 March, visit: