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RITTech at Smarter Business Tech Live 2017

RITTech At Smarter Business Tech Live 2017

The RITTech and BCS team spent two days at the Smarter Business Tech Live event, which happened in Manchester on 15-16 November 2017.

Several BCS volunteers as well as staff engaged with many people over the course of this event and spoke about the benefits that we can bring when it comes to making IT good for society.

There was more than 150 speakers across the event, including John Pritchard (Head of Apprenticeships at BCS) and the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham.

The Mayor presented a certificate to Alex Burns (who is the first apprentice in England to complete the Digital IT Apprenticeship Standards and he got a distinction!)

RITTech at New Scientist Live 2017

BCS At New Scientist Live Event

The RITTech and BCS team had a stand at the New Scientist Live exhibition, which happened at ExCeL in London from 28 September until 1 October.

RITTech’s section was positioned under the ‘Technicians Make It Happen’ banner alongside the Science Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Gatsby Foundation and we all had the same mission - to highlight the important and essential work that technicians do.

Several RITTech technicians were there on our stand to help spread the word about the Professional Registration for IT technicians (RITTech) and we had a lot of engagement throughout the whole four days. The IT quiz that we ran went down a treat and we’re not sure but we think the RITTech branded headphones and chocolate on offer as prizes had something to do with that fact...

Shake the hand of an IT Technician

Shake the hand of an IT technician

During the launch of RITTech, technicians were recognised by having their hands shaken by all our guests; from IT Directors, CIOs to other technicians, some even shook the hand of a Lord! View the gallery on Flickr. If you manage technicians make them feel valued by shaking their hand and saying thanks or if you’re a technician go and shake the hand of someone else and tell them what you do! Don’t forget to take a picture and tag it using #RITTech.

RITTech is officially launched

Professional Registration for IT Technicians (RITTech) was officially launched on 11 November 2015 by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Based at an iconic venue in London, over 100 people from the IT industry attended the event including guest speakers and technicians. Our guest speakers included Lord Sainsbury, Hugh Milward from Microsoft and Paul Martynenko from IBM, they all spoke about the need for RITTech and helped us to celebrate IT technicians. Watch the video to see the highlights from the event.

Interview with Ian Pearson, Futurologist

On 15 October 2015, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT had the chance to interview Ian Pearson, Futurologist about the role of technicians in IT and what their future might look like.

Technicians participate in the first RITTech Thinkshop

Professional Registration for IT Technicians has been piloted since April 2015 and all the technicians that had registered during that time were invited to join BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT at one of our partner venues IBM and Microsoft for the first ever RITTech Thinkshops.

Thinkshops are an invitation only event and give technicians a chance to explore some new ways of thinking about technology or their future roles.

The events featured two guest speakers: Ian Pearson, Futurologist and inventor of text messaging and James Harkin, journalist on social trends and the impact of IT. After a speech by both, all delegates had an interactive session where they could debate and discuss their views on what had been shared by the guest speakers.

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