YouthSpark Live, an international initiative aimed at inspiring young adults to join the growing IT industry, will make its annual appearance this week at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Luqa. Joining many prominent speakers associated with technology in Malta is ICON’s own Dr. Gege Gatt. On 26 November he will head a workshop that focuses on computer technology careers and trends. Regarding his upcoming topic —”Computer Science Unplugged”—
Dr. Gatt emphasized in a recent conversation that there is more to IT than math and coding. He observed that creativity and analytical thinking, for instance, are valuable assets when it comes to online marketing and web design. Other speakers from Creolabs, MIC, and, of course, Microsoft will present similarly optimistic speeches. Yet, many students remain intimidated by anything associated with science and technology. YouthSpark hopes to change these negative perceptions because the market demand for trained candidates grows annually.
Another noteworthy event at YouthSpark is a panel discussion moderated by AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales), a non-profit organization focused on youth leadership. Dr. Gatt will join other distinguished panellists from companies like Shadeena and ICTSA. Their topic, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to IT,” centres around YouthSpark’s emphasis on engaging young adults. These speakers represent the forefront of computer technology in Malta, so audience members can expect to hear intriguing questions and answers.
“This is an exciting, important event,” said Dr. Gatt. “ICON believes that participating in youth events to foster interest towards computer science is a critical part of its contribution towards society. The changing economic and cultural trends in our community mean that more interest in the fields of science, technology, maths and engineering are required to shape economic development positively.”Gege Gatt, ICON, Marketing Tips, Microsoft, Microsoft Partner