WHY-NI?
WHY-NI? Claire Burn - WWCode Belfast

WHY-NI? Claire Burn - WWCode Belfast

April 19, 2021

Our third episode of the WHY-NI? Leadership series is live!

We are joined by one of NI’s leading champions for diversity in tech …Claire Burn.

Claire is a local Senior Director of Women Who Code Belfast, Founder & Conference Co-ordinator of Women Techmakers Belfast, a Cybersecurity enthusiast and currently a Security Data Engineer at Elastic.

Claire has worked in technology for around 8 years and has led some of the most impressive and innovative diversity in tech initiatives in Northern Ireland.

Claire’s passion for tech surpasses her own career. Not only has Claire led multiple volunteer groups, but she has also spoken at various events, including Women Techmakers Dublin, and is currently an online instructor for LinkedIn Learning (Python Coding).

In this episode, we catch up with Claire to learn about her career in IT and her passion for technology, her journey with WWCode Belfast, the plans the WWcode team have coming up this post-pandemic.

We deep dive into Claire’s passion for diversity in tech, why it’s important to teach, lead, and pass on your knowledge to others in order to enable a sense of community and of course, why Northern Ireland is the perfect place for a career in tech!

“Northern Ireland is known for being a hidden gem, in terms of top tech minds, we really do have some of the best Engineers! Companies come for the connections, but they stay for the talent!”.

So, join us in the next episode of WHY-NI? as we continue to uncover the answer to that all-important question…Why NI?

WHY-NI? Andrew Bolster - Farset Labs

WHY-NI? Andrew Bolster - Farset Labs

March 8, 2021

In the second episode of the WHY-NI? Leadership series we are joined by one of NI’s best-known tech professionals …Andrew Bolster.

Andrew is the founding Director of one of the first truly collaborative initiatives for technology professionals in Northern Ireland, Farset Labs.

Andrew is a passionate technologist, the founder of multiple technology-based groups and organisations, an award-winning researcher, community leader, and an occasional public speaker.

In this episode, we catch up with Andrew to learn about all things Farset and the big plans that are in store for the Farset team in 2021. We find out the challenges the Farset team have faced together, their significant successes and Andrews views on why Northern Ireland is so successful as a global tech hub.

“We have a really interesting history of being pretty darn tech savvy! We’ve got a load of interesting technologists today; we have a really strong community who are innovative and the fact that we are just that “wee place” is a big benefit! We have that “network effect” meaning we have a really strong community and pipeline of technologists, it’s fantastic”.

So, join us in the next episode of WHY-NI? as we continue to uncover the answer to that all-important question…Why NI?

 

WHY-NI? Mark McCormack - Aflac NI

WHY-NI? Mark McCormack - Aflac NI

February 8, 2021

We are delighted to be kicking off the very first podcast in our series with one of NI’s foremost industry leaders, Mark McCormack.

In this episode, we catch up with Mark to learn about his current role and the growth plans Aflac NI has in store for 2021, seek his advice for those starting out in their tech careers and get Mark’s views on what it is that has made Northern Ireland so successful as a global tech hub.

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