Dell EMC recently brought together female students and companies from across the Mid-West for Technologies of the Future as part of its Dell EMC STEM Aspire initiative to assist the next generation of future female leaders.
Dell EMC STEM Aspire event Empowers Female Students to Pursue Careers
Dell EMC recently brought together female students and companies from across the Mid-West for a TEDx style seminar ‘Technologies of the Future’ on February 19, as part of its Dell EMC STEM Aspire initiative to assist the next generation of female leaders transitioning from third-level.
The Dell EMC STEM Aspire seminar promoted greater gender balance within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields, with a particular focus on developing technologies such as AI, Robotics, Blockchain and IOT. Guest speakers gave expert TEDx style presentations, including Mike Hayes, Senior Consultant in Global Edge and IoT at Dell EMC; Andrew LeGear, CTO at Horizon Globex; Joyce O’Connor, Co-Founder of Block W; Marisa O’Shea, Data Science Team Manager at First Data; Nisarga Ravindra, ADAS Embedded Software Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover; and Keith Ahern, Co-Founder of RealAR.
Dell EMC STEM Aspire is a mentorship programme for women in the final year of their STEM degrees. In attendance at the seminar were current STEM Aspire participants and their mentors, together with 1st and 2nd-year students from the STEM faculties in the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology. They were accompanied by representatives from agencies and boards from across the Mid-West.
Speaking at the event, Denis Kelly, Senior VP, Global Consumer Services and Site Leader at Dell EMC Limerick, said: “Emerging technologies unlock new opportunities to transform how we live, work and do business. With 85% of the jobs of 2030 not yet invented, industry leaders need to prepare the next generation for the future of work that lies ahead.
“Through the recent Dell STEM Aspire seminar, technology companies from Limerick and the wider region have come together to help guide our young talent, especially female talent, through the minefield of new topics and specialisms and prepare them for the careers of tomorrow. For leaders within the Mid-West can serve as important role models, as young women in third level education transition from education to the world of work.
“This seminar is one of several that will help join the dots and demystify the worlds of AI, robotics, Blockchain, IOT and other branches of STEM for female students. I would like to thank all our guest speakers for their powerful insights, and I look forward to events that lie ahead.”
Stem Aspire is an all-Ireland programme which has run for the last two years and proven to be a success for students and Dell EMC alike. The programme features one-to-one mentoring takes place over four sessions and offers the STEM students practical support and guidance including interview skills, LinkedIn-In workshops, site tours and work experience to prepare them for a future career in STEM.
The STEM Aspire programme is one of Dell EMC’s many initiatives to empower all our young people with the skills they need to succeed in STEM fields. As co-sponsor of iWish, Dell EMC has helped to inspire nearly 12,000 girls whilst this year’s Dell EMC VEX Robotics competition has bought STEM skills to life for 3,250 primary and secondary school students who have learned to design and build their own robots.
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