Summer camp offers students hands-on tech experience at Ulster University

The free five-day computing summer camp is run in partnership with Ulster University and Novosco

A summer initiative has been launched to give children in Northern Ireland a chance to experience computing at Ulster University 

The five-day scheme – in partnership with leading IT business Novesco – is giving 40 students, aged between 16 and 17, a chance to gain hands-on experience.  

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Free of charge, the camp will be held at the university’s Jordanstown Campus on 29 July and 1 August 2019, with a day at Novosco’s Belfast offices on 2 August.

Focuses for the camp include virtual servers, machine-learning, AI, sensor technologies and cloud software. The programme will draw on expertise from lecturers at the university’s school of computing and Novosco engineers. Participants will also have the chance to attend sessions in Ulster University’s smart environment labs, which include robots and some of the latest smart technologies.  

The camp’s launch video

Associate head of computing at Ulster University, 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 wellpaid positions available.”

Ulster University‘s smart environments include a smart kitchen, smart bedroom and smart living room. These testing grounds are used to support investigations into the area of assistive technologies and activity recognition.  

The university also has a multitude of mobile platforms and a recently installed mobile laboratory.  

The camp will additionally offer participants lunch vouchers, complementary transport and a free Raspberry Pi computer to keep.  

More information about the camp can be found at

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