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The Dell EMC Fair held on Tuesday, 20th June, marked another #GoBigWinBig and #LegacyOfGood combination for the Ireland Centre of Excellence. In recognition of Junior Achievements 20th Anniversary in Ireland, volunteers from University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and team members from Dell EMC in Cork, all came together for the morning to deliver interactive sessions at the Ovens Campus for 30 sixth class students, aged 11-13, from local school Scoil Barra in Ballincollig, Co. Cork.


The focus of the Dell EMC Fair was STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) and was designed to inspire young minds and show them a small bit of what is possible if they pursue a career in STEAM. The interactive sessions included Maths lessons on puzzles and tangrams, simplifying complex code through a few basic commands, VEX IQ robotics, VR Headset technology and Art lessons.



A huge thank you and well done to everyone, from CIT to UCC to our fellow team members. Your involvement was key in making the event such a success. The engagement from all of the students from Scoil Barra was the best I have ever seen and that is down to the great way you all presented your STEAM topics. The students were all buzzing with excitement from the minute they arrived right up to their departure time.


This event really was a fantastic way to encourage students to consider taking STEAM subjects in secondary school, and a memorable to way to mark the 20th Anniversary in Ireland for Junior Achievement. You can read more about Junior Achievement in Ireland here.


Special thanks to Liz McAvoy and Siobhain O’Hea, our guests from Junior Achievement Ireland, who attended the event in Cork. We hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did!




Similar events also took place at our Limerick and Dublin locations, with team members and colleges delivering a wide range of interactive demonstrations and inspiring learning for local school children. Sessions included teaching our next generation about plastics and recycling, a hands-on look at a Poweredge Server, and 3-D printing to name but a few.


This #LegacyOfGood community involvement and partnership with our colleges and Junior Achievement across Ireland demonstrates what can be achieved through collaboration and how we can all win together. To sum it up… #GoBigWinBig = SUCCESS!!




Elaine Beare

Program Manager / Senior Analyst

COE PMO Group - Dell EMC Ireland COE

Follow me on Twitter @ElaineBeare

Dell EMC Ireland COE was delighted to welcome Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos Ireland, to our Ovens campus on 8th June 2017. The aim of the visit was to give team members an overview of the great work that Barnardos does in Ireland, and how Dell EMC is supporting these activities.



In a frank ‘fire-side’ type chat with Bob Savage, VP Dell EMC Centres of Excellence in EMEA, Fergus shared his own career history and how he came to work with Barnardos. It was truly a humbling experience to hear the individual stories that Fergus shared from over 12 years with Barnardos, and how this charity has changed children’s lives for the better. Following this deeply engaging conversation, and a brief Dell EMC TV interview, Fergus had a tour of the Campus in Ovens. 


On 12th April 2017 Dell EMC Ireland announced a three year partnership with Barnardos. The partnership, which involves the provision of financial support as well as the sharing of employee expertise, skills and the volunteering of time, is designed to support the good work and continued vision of Barnardos.


Dell EMC, together with employees in Cork, Limerick and Dublin, will work with the team at Barnardos to help raise the profile of the charity’s National Collection Day. The annual collection day which takes place every September has significant potential to help raise much needed funds for children as well as to raise the profile of the valuable work that Barnardos is doing in communities across the country. The Dell EMC team will help publicise the flagship day to enhance its reach through the provision of technical support and advice. Hundreds of Dell EMC employees are expected to take to the streets in Dublin, Cork and Limerick to dramatically increase the number of collection points and thus help to raise more funds.


Both organisations also plan to work together to address the growing digital divide that exists in Irish society. Barnardos has a network of well-established homework clubs and friendship clubs throughout the country. Working with Dell EMC, they plan to introduce a number of Code Work Clubs introducing technical literacy and coding skills to children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to learn what is increasingly becoming a core life skill.


Bob Savage also shared his thoughts behind the strategic partnership announcement with Barnardos and you can read his blog here.


You can learn more about Barnardos and the great work they do here.

I truly believe this is an excellent and very worthwhile way to embrace how we at Dell achieve our Legacy of Good goals and also highlights how we can #GoBigWinBig! So why not get involved and help make a change for the better!

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Elaine Beare

Program Manager / Senior Analyst

COE PMO Group - Dell EMC Ireland COE

Follow me on Twitter @ElaineBeare

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