New Tech Space for Attic Youth Café

ARK have donated �1000 to The Attic to run a Tech Space Group and pictured front row L-R are: Jane Reilly Group leader, Charlotte Madden junior leader, Omololu Mololuwa, Joseph Kenny, Gary Sheridan, Rafal Pilot, Tadhg Keown, Luke Casserly, Thomas Murphy and Avril Gilchriest. Back; Charlotte, Dillon Gilna, Peadar Kenny, Cian Johnston, Oran Malone, Gabriel Drabik, Matthew Pyper, Francesco Arci CEO ARK and Samuel Kicina group leader.
The Attic Youth Café continually strives to give young people a space to be themselves and express their talents and now they are giving young IT brains the opportunity to learn more about computer programming and electronics through their new Tech Space group in association with local IT Company ARK.

The Attic Youth Café continually strives to give young people a space to be themselves and express their talents and now they are giving young IT brains the opportunity to learn more about computer programming and electronics through their new Tech Space group in association with local IT Company ARK.

The group was piloted during the summer with resounding success and so it has become a permanent feature on the ever growing weekly timetable of the Attic Youth Café.

What makes this new programme in the youth space unique is the partnership of the Attic with ARK the local IT consulting firm.

ARK was established in 2010 as a consulting firm supporting energy utilities in the areas of enterprise architecture and IT strategy related to energy trading and risk management.

After spending a couple of years growing its consulting and application management capabilities in Italy, ARK saw an opportunity to leverage cloud technology in order to develop novel products aimed at lowering the total cost of ownership of IT systems required by energy trading companies to manage their portfolios and at the same time increase their strategic flexibility.

ARK employs fifteen people, eight out of Longford and seven in Genoa Italy. The business plan allows for two additional resources in Italy by the end of 2014 and two additional ones in Longford by the end of 2015.

Francesco Arci CEO at ARK explained to the ‘Leader’,

“We are delighted ARK has formed this unique partnership with the Attic Youth Café providing funding and professional guidance in the form of group leader Jane Reilly.”

Mr Arci added, “It’s essential that local companies like ARK foster the development of the community in which they are based and the Attic Youth Café is a perfect forum to engage and develop young people’s IT skills.”

The group will be running every Wednesday evening in the Attic Youth Café and members will be given the opportunity learn computer programming, web design, and develop phone apps as well as be introduced to the world of electronics.

The group will travel to Google Ireland during the mid-term break to the creative tech space festival which will no doubt set them up with ideas to bring back to the Attic Youth Café.

If you are interested in the work of the Attic Youth Café and wish to get involved in any of the programmes or volunteer please contact Mr Jim Maher Regional Youth Officer on 086 9672920 or alternatively e-mail james.maher@foroige.ie