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There was the announce that  Code Institute, an EdTech company delivering Full Stack software coding education, has secured €500,000 syndicated investment from Kernel Capital and Enterprise Ireland.

Code Institute delivers intensive, certified “Bootcamp style” education programmes that provide graduates with job-ready coding skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace.  The programmes are available online and in the classroom.

The company was founded in 2014 to tackle the widening ICT skills gap across Europe. The Code Institute programme is fully accredited and certified by Edinburgh Napier University and is the only university accredited coding bootcamp across Europe.

The syllabus for the company’s full stack course was developed in conjunction with their Industry Advisory Council including experts from companies such as PayPal, Morgan McKinley, Ogilvy, Accenture and Dell.

Following the investment, Dr. Mícheál Ó Foghlú CTO, Red Hat Mobile and former co-founder & CTO of Kernel Capital Investee FeedHenry has joined the Code Institute’s Advisory Council.

This announcement comes after the EU Commission has identified a shortage in ICT skills is looming with 825,000 job vacancies predicted across the EU by 2020 due to a lack of digital skills.

To date, 94% of the Code Institute’s graduates have been successfully hired as ICT professionals within 3 months of graduation.

The new investment will be used to develop a suite of future courses and to support the Company’s international market expansion plan.

CEO of the Code Institute, Jim Cassidy said, “We are delighted that Kernel Capital has led this investment in Code Institute. There is a real shortage of people with coding experience both in Ireland and internationally and our intensive bootcamp course gives graduates the real-world coding and software development skills that are in demand.”

He added, “Our approach greatly reduces the time taken to get students job-ready, to date this has led to a 94% success rate for students being hired within three months of graduation.”


What is a coding Bootcamp?

Coding Bootcamps are designed to train students in the art of web development. As with most developments in the areas of software and technology, if you have heard about it, the fingerprints of Silicon Valley are usually not far away.

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AMBER reseachers discover ‘revolutionary’ material for ICT

A team of researchers from the AMBER centre at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) are behind the discovery of a new magnetic material they claim will revolutionise the ICT sector.

The material is made from an alloy of three metals, manganese, ruthenium and gallium (MRG), and is reportedly as strong as the strongest magnets available in the world today. However, it has the characteristic of not appearing magnetic at all to the untrained eye.

Known technically as ‘zero-moment half metal’, the material could potentially spawn a completely new line of materials research and open up numerous possibilities for electronics and information technology.

Led by Prof Michael Coey, the AMBERteam said MRG has incredible potential and could lead to the possibility of limitless data storage, resulting in huge, superfast memory in personal computer devices. It could also eliminate the potential of external magnetic forces to ‘wipe’ computer data.

For 25 years, researchers worldwide have grappled with how to create a magnet such as MRG by trying to arrange numerous combinations of atoms in a way which was difficult without flouting the basic principles of physics.

The AMBER research team claims to have solved this problem by using established industry-standard processes for making the electronic circuits on silicon chips, making it relatively easy for MRG to be adopted by computer and electronics companies.

Commenting on the discovery and its potential to lead a ‘big data revolution’, Coey said, “Magnetic materials are what make reading and storing data – either on personal devices or on large-scale servers in data centres – possible. Magnets are at the heart of every electronic device we use, from computers and laptops to tablets, smartphones and digital cameras.

“Given its unique insensitivity to magnetic fields, and the tenacity of its internal magnetic properties, MRG could now revolutionise how data is stored, which could have major implications for the future development of electronics, information technology and a host of other applications.”

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