25 July, 2017 - Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce largest ever number of ICT Camp places for Second Level Students in 2017

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Tuesday 25 July, 2017) announced that Higher Education Institutions will deliver 3,800 ICT camp places for second level students during the summer and early autumn as a result of additional funding provided in Budget 2017 to support this initiative. 

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said:

“A goal of the Action Plan for Education is to build stronger bridges between education and the wider community, support learners to make informed career choices and enhance our capacity to meet national and regional skills needs.

“We want to help stimulate student interest and understanding of what computing and ICT is all about. Through ICT camps students get hands-on experience of a variety of activities like programming, coding, app design, digital media, web design, gaming and robotics.  This can help children develop the computational and flexible and creative thinking skills that are the basis of computer science and coding.

“In 2016, the HEA provided Information Technology Investment Funding (ITIF) to support 29 computing camps for over 1,245 students.

“Today, I am pleased to announce the results of a call to increase the number of places available on ICT camps. In addition to ITIF annual funding I have ring-fenced €250,000 in Budget 2017 to support an increase in activity this year. This funding is enabling institutions to run extra camps or increase the number of places on camps already planned. Camps typically target transition year students and typically run for a week. 

“I’m delighted that this year 18 higher education institutions will be running additional ICT Camps resulting in a projected 3,800 overall places in 2017.  That’s more than three times as many as last year.”

Minister Halligan added:

“Through the implementation of the ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018 we are seeking to increase the supply of ICT Professionals to meet the continuing increase in demand for people with these skills.

“Giving kids the opportunity to participate in these ICT camps is a great opportunity to give them an insight into higher education and introduce them to the types of things they could be studying in future.”

“I’m delighted to see so many higher education institutions supporting this initiative and engaging with their students of the future.”



Note for Editors

ProviderProgramme NameDiscipline / subject area(s) 
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyShort Camp (3days)Databases, Programming, Networking etc. 
Extended Camp (5 days)  
Institute of Technology BlanchardstownCoding-4-Girls (Female Only)Programming 
Cyber Security Summer Camp (Secure your future)Cyber Security 
Institute of Technology CarlowComputing Summer CampProgramming, Hardware, Networking and Web design 
Institute of Technology SligoComputing Summer CampProgramming, Web Design, Digital Circuitry, IT Careers with Role Models 
Institute of Technology TallaghtOn the Road CampsMicro:Bit, Raspberry PI, Holo Lens 
Limerick Institute of TechnologyWhizzKids – Discover IT (Tipperary)  
Letterkenny Institute of TechnologySummer Computing CampProgramming, Web Design, 
Waterford Institute of TechnologyComputing Summer Camp for 5th year studentsCoding, animation, gaming, cyber security etc. 
Dublin City UniversityMission to Mars ChallengeProgramming, Data Analysis, Engineering 
Maynooth UniversityComputer Science Summer Camp 2017Logic, Web Develpoment, Coding, Multimedia 
Trinity College DublinComputing Summer CampProgramming, Robotics, CAD &3D Printing, ICT & Society 
University College CorkSUMMER CAMP No. 2 (Senior cycle pupils)Web development, animation 
University of LimerickExpansion of UL CybercampProgramming, electonics, robotics 
UL Cybercamp PlusMobile Apps Development, Web Design 
Cork Institute of TechnologyCIT Technology Summer CampICT 
IT TraleeComputer CampDigital media technologies, web development, software development and games development 
National University of Ireland GalwayComputer Science Summer SchoolComputer Science 
University College CorkUCC IT Summer CampGame Development / Video Production 
Dublin Institute of TechnologyComputing AcademyComputing (General) 
Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyHalloween Computing CampProgramming, Web Design and Development Computer Game, Design and Development, Computer Networking and Security 
Waterford Institute of TechnologyCreative Computing Camp3D Modelling & Animation, Video Production, Game Development, Virtual Reality 
Waterford Institute of TechnologyData Science and Security CampBuild your own computer/What’s a Raspberry Pi, Internet of Things 
Waterford Institute of TechnologyComputer Systems/IoT CampCoding, Web Development 
Waterford Institute of TechnologySoftware/Mobile/Web Development CampData Science, Computer Forensics and Security 
Maynooth UniversityMegaDojo Coding CampLogic games, Website development, Scratch, Greenfoot (Game development), App Inventor, Hour of code, Girls Who Code sessions 
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyAutumn Computer CampWeb, Databases, Programing, Computer Hardware, Networking, Environmental Sensor Station Project