Regional STEM Education event highlights cross-border tech strengths in Ireland’s North West
Consilium Education’s Andy & Jan Homden attended CultureTECHfest, a major week long IT festival and exhibition held in Derry / Londonderry in Northern Ireland during September. This growing event, which showcases the STEM subjects and their relationship with the arts, is held in a a variety of locations across the city, including the Guildhall and the newly redeveloped Ebrington Barracks site, now linked to the city side by the Peace Bridge.
The BBC tent was a popular attraction, while tech companies, schools, universities and voluntary organisations showed just why the North West of Ireland, on both sides of the border, is fast developing as a centre of innovation and excellence for Science and Technology. The pioneering role played by the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce in establishing the CultureTECH initiative in 2012, demonstrates the strong regional business commitment to education and an innovative spirit that is fast becoming the hallmark of the region.
An important backdrop to events such as CultureTECH is the cross-border collaboration between Science and Technology centres in Sligo, Letterkenny and Derry/Londonderry as the NorthWest Regional Science Park. This initiative is accelerating regional growth and attracting considerable international attention and investment. While Dublin remains the hub of Ireland’s technology industry, the regions are emerging strongly with the North West a force to be reckoned with.
Andy Homden, September 26 2015