60th Birthday and Awards Dinner

Friday 23 June 2017, 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Reception at 7:00pm and dinner will be served at 8:00pm. The formal proceedings will end around 10:30pm

Riddell Hall, Queens University Belfast, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE

£35 BCS Member, £45 Non-Member, £400 for a table of 10 prices includes VAT @20%

Sponsored by

Citi Logo   Sopra Steria Logo

Platinum Sponsor: Citi


Gold Sponsor: Sopra Steria

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The local branch of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, was proud to celebrate their 60th Birthday with a Gala Ball on Friday 23rd June. BCS has a long and influential history in the province and it was a pleasure to welcome many past Chairpersons and longtime members. We were also pleased to see many new and young members, our corporate sponsors, CitiGroup and SopraSteria. Rachel McKane the Chairperson of @BCS_NI was the host for the celebrations.

It was a specially exciting night for Rose Kane Quinn, BI analyst at Neueda. The selection committee after reviewing all the nominees, selected Rose as our Northern Ireland Young IT Professional of the Year 2017 (YITPOY). This award was in recognition of several achievements. Most notably, we were impressed with Rose’s leadership in winning the OpenDataNI Challenge 2017 under the theme, ‘Using Open Data for Education’. Neueda’s game, Gaff Game, is an education resource that teaches students how to use SQL in real-life contexts using open data sets. BCS is committed to improving the skills and IT educations and Rose’s innovative approach to helping children learn SQL brilliantly showcases what can be achieved.

Our winner of the IT Professional of the Year, exemplifies all that BCS stands for. Conrad Simpson, Director at Cyphra has had a long and successful career in the field of IT. Early on in his career he was at the forefront of getting NI business online for the first time. He started one of the first specialist information security companies here in Northern Ireland. He has been involved in various industry bodies looking to further collaboration and professionalism in the cyber security arena. He has published articles and presented across the UK on topics such as Application Security, UK Government Cyber Security Policy and cloud computing security. In 2012 he established a new cyber security services company in Belfast and he is heavily involved in driving initiatives to promote cyber security skills. His career and his passion for skills and cyber security are in line with the Institute’s aim to make IT good for society.

We are so thankful to all those who have contributed to the computing history in Northern Ireland, particularly through their involvement in BCS and its support of the wider industry both in delivering training and through government lobbying.

Awards such as Rose’s and Conrad’s are a fitting example of the vast talent active today across NI that is making us an attractive investment pool for the rest of the IT world.

Rachel Mckane And Rose Kane Quinn Rachel Mckane And Conrad Simpson
Rachel McKane with Rose Kane Quinn Rachel McKane with Conrad Simpson

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