CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT and Peter Doherty, Belfast Metropolitan College and founder of CoderDojo Belfast
David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT and Peter Doherty, Belfast Metropolitan College and founder of CoderDojo Belfast

At CSIT we recognise the need for us to be good citizens and to give something back to the technology community as well as to wider society through donations of skills, technology and funds to charities and not-for-profits who are hand picked because of shared passions and goals.

CoderDojo Belfast

CSIT has supported the work done by CoderDojo Belfast to enthuse the next generation of software and electronic researchers and engineers by donating funds collected from attendees at its recent annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit.

The 2013 donation was used to purchase new Lego® Mindstorms® NXT equipment, further enhancing the software and electronic engineering learning opportunities for children attending the CoderDojo. The LEGO Mindstorm series of kits contain software and hardware to create small, customizable and programmable robots.

Speaking after donating the money David Crozier, Technical Marketing Manager at CSIT, said:

“CSIT, its member companies and the global cyber security industry depend on a steady stream of bright, enthusiastic, practically minded researchers and engineers to support this rapidly growing and strategically important industry.”

“The work that CoderDojo Belfast is doing in stimulating the innovative and inquisitive instincts in young people on our doorstep here in the Titanic Quarter is amazing. I was keen that we would highlight that work and seek donations from our global industry partners while we had them in Belfast for our recent World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit to grow it further.”

“I would like to specifically highlight the support of CSIT advisor Mark Crosbie, Head of Information Security, EMEA at Facebook, Editor of thinkbricks.net and member of the LEGO Mindstorms Community Partner (MCP) program who leveraged support from Lego HQ in Denmark to match donations given by summit attendees.”

Commenting on the donation Peter Doherty from Belfast Metropolitan College, who founded CoderDojo Belfast, said: 

“CoderDojo is a great opportunity for young people to learn valuable programming & IT skills which are in high demand in the current job market.”

“CoderDojo is a free computing club which is run by Belfast Metropolitan College along with volunteer industry mentors and support from various local, national and international organisations. The donations from CSIT and Lego will enable us to further explore the area of robotics and programming and engage with a younger audience in fun and exciting ways.”

For further information on CoderDojo Belfast please visit www.coderdojobelfast.com or follow on twitter – @CoderDojoBMC.


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Movember

In November 2013 a team from CSIT helped Queen's University Belfast raise over £20,000 for the Movember Charity. The month formerly known as November is when men around the world, with the support of the women in their lives, fundraise to support important health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

 

For further information visit the Movember website.