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Talk eSkills Malta Foundation, BCS Malta, BCS Women 11/04/2018  

Why having a 'side hustle' will keep you relevant in the current employment market?

Date :  Wednesday 11th April 2018 @ 6pm
Place: University of Malta

The eSkills Malta Foundation, in collaboration with the BCS Malta Section and the BCSWomen, would like to invite anyone interested in diversifying across skills and industries, from computer science and interactive media to music and digital arts, to hear a talk by the award-winning technologist, musician, researcher and lecturer, Nela Brown. Nela will present two projects she has been involved with recently, Female Laptop Orchestra and G.Hack, as well as talk about her multidisciplinary career path.

 About the speaker

Nela Brown started her musical journey studying piano and saxophone in Croatia, before picking up a bass guitar and joining an all-female rock band. She followed this up by studying jazz and Sonic Arts in London, designing sound for award-winning theatre, film and mobile projects and doing a PhD in human-computer interaction. In 2011 she started a G.Hack, an art & technology lab for female researchers at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. In 2013 she won a Highly Commended WISE Leader Award and in 2014, she started Female Laptop Orchestra project connecting scientists, artist, and musicians through global telematic performances. Last year, she was featured as an 'on-screen expert' scientist on the 'Cloud Challenge' TV programme produced by CNBC. Next year, she will be developing new audio work based on the song and dance of Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung people as part of her Macgeorge Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Currently, she is working on her PhD in human-computer interaction and lecturing on a variety of topics from creative coding to transmedia storytelling and digital media campaigns at the University of Greenwich in London. When not immersed in research and teaching, she can be found hacking into biosignals and bananas at music tech festivals, doing telematic performances with her laptop orchestra or recording environmental sounds in 3D!

About the organisers

The eSkills Malta Foundation is a coalition of various representatives from Government, industry and education with mandates to advise Government and stakeholders on matters relating eSkills Policy, contribute to the expansion of ICT educational programmes and related formative initiatives, lead an ICT professionalism development programme, instigate further reform in the ICT educational offerings, contribute to capacity-building in the ICT education community, and promote local talent. The BCS Malta Section is the local body representing the BCS (British Computer Society). BCSWomen is a BCS Specialist Group representing BCS professional women working in IT around the world. The Group’s main objective is to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging girls/women to enter IT as a career.

The Event will be held at Room 414, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta, Msida, on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 18.00. 

 

Seminar eSkills Malta Foundation 14/06/2017 External link

The Impact of IT Professionalism on the European Economy

The IT Profession is said to be still young but it has existed for some time now. The advancement of technology, in conjunction with, the existing IT skills gap has presented one of the biggest challenges to both private and public sector organisations. As major stakeholders of the IT profession, education and training providers, the IT industry, and government, are all trying to advance the profession’s work ethics, knowledge, competences and training opportunities in the sector in order to obtain sufficient and high quality IT professionals and practitioners. The commitment shown across Europe to advance the IT profession is huge and illustrated with relevant initiatives at all levels. So what is being done at European and national levels? What insights does academic research add to the discussion? How is this fostering the engagement of IT professionals? What can you do? Join us to discuss and influence the various issues and developments about the IT Profession.

The eSkills Malta Foundation organised an interesting and topical event on IT Professionalism on the 14th June 2017 in the historic and beautiful venue of the Old University in Valletta. The areas of focus in the Event included:

  •  IT professionalism in Europe. The EU Commission views and actions to mature the profession and to reduce the skills gap
  • Bridging the triangle of ICT industry, the IT Profession and education and training by referring to concepts of the IT Professionalism Framework, what is it for the Industry, Education and students
  • Succeeding in the further implementation of the IT Professionalism Framework in large and small countries (like Malta)
  • Good practices of IT professional development for policy makers, industry and education. Reference can be made here to regulation and the concept of having a European and national IT professional ethics
  • The evolution of the IT Professional within the context of fast digital transformation and the demands being made for more resources
  • The Maltese IT Professionalism landscape

This Event was organised in collaboration with the EU, Capgemini, Irish Computer Society (ICS), CEPIS.  Presentations can be downloaded via the PDF weblink.

Workshop eSkills Malta Foundation 27/01/2017  

ICTNOVA Workshop

Creative thinking, invention and innovation skills empowering ICT specialists to create value and sustainable business

In 2016 the European Union announced the 21st Century Skills Agenda. The agenda was aligned to the Europe 2020 foresight document in which Innovation is described as a crucial pillar for future sustainable development.

This workshop was organised by the eSkills Malta Foundation in collaboration with the Innovation Generation Centre to present and discuss this topical subject. During the workshop a presentation was given on Creative Thinking, Invention and Innovation Skills and their relevance to the ICT industry.

To thrive in today's innovation driven economy, ICT workers need more than just technical skills, they need competences like collaboration, creativity and problem solving. What are these competences, and how do we empower our teams to generate value and develop sustainable businesses? A panel discussion with audience participation followed. The event took place at the Microsoft Innovation Centre.

The eSkills Malta Foundation is a coalition of various representatives from Government, industry and education to advise stakeholders, and implement initiatives on matters related to Digital Skills. The Innovation Generation Centre (IGC) is an NGO with the mission to facilitate and manage different entities to collaborate together and generate innovations.

Evening Talk Donald Tabone 16/11/2016  

Cyber security: Trials & Tribulations

The Internet as we know it is being challenged, putting our privacy and businesses at risk. With the dawn and proliferation of the Internet of Things, new technologies are popping up everywhere and cyber security is often an afterthought giving way to the business. As laws struggle to keep up with the rate of change, adaptation is a challenge as law makers strive to create laws that are technology agnostic.

This talk presented some recent facts and offered some ways in which businesses can prepare themselves to deal with emerging cyber security risks, during a time of evolution and digital disruption.

Evening talk

Donald Tabone is the Group Chief Technology Officer of Allied Newspapers Ltd. Over the past 20 years he has held various managerial and hands-on positions resulting in a wealth of technical and managerial experience. Working with an American based IPSP; he continued to expand his experience in security where he was instrumental in the formation of policies and business continuity procedures to back the company’s business objectives. Originally trained as a software engineer and a certified IT trainer, he furthered his studies by completing a postgraduate degree in IT law (LL.M) and later specialised in information security & risk management – two topics he holds at heart and which he has often publicly presented on. He also currently lectures Security and Forensics at Middlesex University. This free event was held at MITA, Gattard House, Blata l-Bajda.

Event eSkills Malta Foundation, IT Professionalism (Europe) 28/07/2016  

European e-competence Framwork

The eSkills Malta Foundation, in collaboration with IT Professionalism Europe (IPE) organised a half-day event to present the European e-Competence Framework, and its importance for the Maltese industry and education providers. Mr Frederic Aerden from IPE will present the e-CF.  Attendants had the opportunity to discuss the framework and air their views. All BCS members were invited to this valuable event on a future-setting subject. 

For more information and registration please follow this link: 

http://eskills.org.mt/en/europeane-comptenceframework/Pages/European-e-Competence-Framework-Seminar.aspx

Annual General Meeting BCS Malta 22/02/2016  

BCS Malta Annual General Meeting

The BCS Malta Section AGM was held at the Corinthia San George and this was followed by a reception for all BCS members.

The BCS Malta Section was established in 1997 with the aim of promoting the ideals of the BCS in Malta, organising professional activities, and fostering the development of professional standards in the IT industry.

The BCS is the leading international professional and learned Society in the field of computers and information systems. It has its Head Quarters in the UK. It was established in 1957 and has over 60,000 members world-wide. BCS is the qualifying body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).

Programming Contest Microsoft Innovations Centre, Recruitcoders, supported by BCS Malta 11/07/2015  

The Annual Individual Programming Contest Malta

A fresh approach to bring local programming community together.

The  Coding Chill-out in Malta runs on-line ( 26.06 -03.07) with on-site session event on 11.07 2015 in Microsoft Innovation Centre. The event already attracted over 120 contestants to solve challenges in the most innovative way possible by showcasing their coding skills and logical thinking abilities. Participants have the option to choose the best suited-technology (C, C++, C#, PHP, Python, Java) to submit solutions. The scoring system is automated by the Sphere Contest platform powering some of the largest programming platforms worldwide, such as Spoj and Codechef. Prizes are offered to the top 3 programmers in each category. 

We hope that this event will be a trigger for more  local events for programming community ( students and IT Pros) and local IT companies. Since the on-line session is attracting developers from other European countries it is also an innovative way to promote Malta as IT germ of Mediterranean region. 

This is Call for developers and IT students from Malta to join our event and represent Maltese islands proudly. Live ranks and registration can be found here: http://codechillout.sphere-contest.com/

The event is organized by Microsoft Innovation Center and Recruitcoders.com . 
The local companies can get involved by supporting on-site event and make it fruitful for talented developers.

Consultation Seminar eSkills Malta Foundation 29/04/2014  

An Invitation to Engage in a Dialogue on theEducation Strategy for Malta

Speakers included: Dr Francis Fabri, Director R&D Department, MEDE; Keith Fearne, Malta Chamber IT Business Section

As an integral part of the broad consultation  process on theFramework for an Education Strategy for Malta, The eSkills Malta  Foundation is organising a stakeholder consultation meeting.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the  National 2014-2024 Education Strategy for Malta and the work of the  eSkills Foundation in fostering the professional ICT skills for the  Digital Economy.

    • Background and Overview  of the Education Strategy Framework
    • The view from the IT Industry
    • IT Industry Specifics
    • Group Breakout Sessions
    • Roundup and Recommendations

 

Venue: MITA Data Centre, Triq il-Ferrovija, Santa Venera

Evening Talk BCS Malta 03/06/2013  

Dynamic Risk Multipliers - Organic Processing Units and Networks

Speaker: Phil Wood, Head of Security and Resilience at Buckinghamshire New University in the UK

With the growth of cyber threats from multiple sources that can have serious impact on any organization or business, many of us look outwards to consider the risks and related issues. It is common to spend large amounts of money
and time on building walls and systems to prevent attacks getting through. It is important to do this, as the consequences of successful cyber attacks can be a catastrophe for the unprepared.

In recent years, as technology has improved and become an accepted part of our organizational and wider cultures, the risks have increased.  Our own organizations have assets and networks in place that can multiply the effects of risks and cause even more damage. The worrying part is that most of us are not prepared to face the problem -
or even recognise that it exists!

In this talk, Phil Wood discussed the issues related to Organic Processing Units and Networks, why we should worry, and what we should do about them.

This free event was held at the Corinthia San Gorg at 6.00pm.

Evening Talk Bob Clarke & Rodney Naudi 06/12/2012  

Cyberspace and Information Security

The Internet has handed private citizens, companies and governments possibly the most influential innovation since the industrial revolution. It has also provided hostile foreign governments, criminals and terrorists with another means to further their respective causes. Does Cyberspace therefore represent our very best friend or our nemesis?

Information security is a standing item on most organisations board agenda - one slip up may lead to serious consequences that can rattle even well established organisations. In the presentations we will be looking into

examples of security incidents and discussing how organisations like MITA approach its information security practices focusing on best practice governance.

The presentations were made by two of the most influential practitioners in Malta:

Bob Clark, with extensive experience in Business Continuity, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Security Institute and Rodney Naudi who has been working working in the field of quality management, compliance and assurance with MITA since 1999. This free event was held at the Corinthia San Gorg at 6.00pm.

Evening Talk Bob Larrivee 12/07/2012 PDF file

Mobile Devices and the Impact on Information Management

Mobile devices continue to be a driving force and challenge for many organizations in relation to managing content and records. This discussion included a combination of research data and common issues related to the use of mobile device use for the capture and management of content and records. In addition it also discussed the lack of and need for governance and security strategies in relation to the use of mobile devices.

The presentation was given by Bob Larrivee from the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM). Bob is an internationally recognized lecturer with over thirty years of experience in the application of advanced technologies and process improvement, and the recipient of the Cenadem - Brazil ECM Pioneer Award. Bob is Director and Industry Advisor with AIIM International. In this role, Bob works in identifying, developing and delivering specialized training in best practices, technology and methodologies.

Seminar ICT Gozo Malta, BCS Malta + International Participants 23/11/2011 PDF file

International Cyber Security Seminar

This event, co-organised with ICT Gozo Malta was attended by the Brazilian Consul to Malta and transmitted live to the Security Leaders Congress with 900 CEO, CTO, and CIO's in attendance. Presentations were made to Malta from 4 different countries including Brazil, the USA, England and France

Cyber Security Seminar.

Evening Talk Dr Emanuel Camilleri 08/03/2011 PDF file

A Model for Project Success

The presentation was given by Dr Emanuel Camilleri who is currently, a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta and author of the book "Project Success: Critical Factors and Behaviours" published by Gower. 

Mr. Camilleri explained in his presentation, the research he carried out for his book, and explained why some projects are perceived as failures when they have met all the traditional standards of success, namely, completed on time, completed within budget and meeting all the technical specifications.
On the other hand he explained why are projects perceived to be successful when they have failed to meet two important criteria that are traditionally associated with success, namely, not completed on time and not completed within budget. Mr Camilleri went on to give his view of what is termed as project success. In a project, apart from the traditional and typical points of failure, namely that of project scope, organisation, project team, the planning and project control, there are also other points of failure, like for example the project strategic fit.  He then went on to explain the different types of risks and its quantitative analysis using PERT.

A discussion then followed between the attendants and Mr Camilleri, led by the BCS Chairman, namely Mr. Carm Cachia. This also served as a means of networking between the individuals, giving their views and experience in the area.

Annual General Meeting   30/11/2010  

BCS Malta Annual General Meeting

The BCS Malta Section AGM was held at the Corinthia San George and this was followed by Pre Christmas drinks and reception for all BCS members.

The BCS Malta Section was established in 1997 with the aim of promoting the ideals of the BCS in Malta, organising professional activities, and fostering the development of professional standards in the IT industry.

The BCS is the leading international professional and learned Society in the field of computers and information systems. It has its Head Quarters in the UK. It was established in 1957 and has over 60,000 members world-wide. BCS is the qualifying body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).

Event Dr Robert M Cachia ISACA 13/10/2009 PDF file

Business continuity Management for Data Centres

This event, held jointly by the BCS Malta Section (www.bcs.org.mt) and ISACA Malta Chapter (www.isaca-malta.org), focused on Business Continuity Management (BCM) for Data Centres.

Both near-shore, industrial strength, commercial IT providers, as well as small, in-house IT set-ups need the resilience that BCM provides, assuring that B2B, B2C, B2G E-services, ERP etc. continue operating at all times. IT providers ― external and internal ― need BCM because their clients, large and small ― Banks, Utilities, Ports, Airports, iGaming, Retail and Manufacturing, themselves need it.

The event was of interest to CIOs, CTOs, Data Centre Managers, Infosec Managers, IT Architects, Software Developers, Testers, and Auditors ― as well as CEOs / CFOs from all sectors. These top-managers strategically strive to protect their revenue streams and business reputation by appropriately investing in BCM.

IPV6 Forum MITA 11-12/06/2009 PDF file
BCS Malta AGM @ Corinthia St George @ 6pm BCS 24t/06 2009  
Optimizing Application Development for business performance Mr. Karl Davies-Barrett, Microsoft 05/05/2009  
Agile Scrum Development Vs Waterfall development Method Uniblue 30/04/2008  
IPod Slurping GFI 30/06/ 2008 PDF file
Agile or Common Sense 6PM Ltd 28/08/2008 PDF file