Hundreds of local runners will have the chance to run alongside one of the sports' all-time greats during one of the races of the Novosco Grand Prix in belfast next month.
World Record holder, World Championship Gold Medallist and former BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Paula Radcliffe, will compete in the Laganside 10k running race, the 12th event in the annual 17-race Novosco Grand Prix series on September 2nd.
The well-known runner will participate in her role as brand ambassador for superfood supplement brand Revive Active.
The 10k race starts and finishes in Belfast's Ormeau Park and takes in the park, Ravenhill Road, Albertbridge Road, the Lagan towpath, and Ormeau Embankment. it starts at 2pm and will feature 1,500 runners.
Welcoming Paula's involvement, Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director of Novosco said: "Participants in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix tend not to need a whole lot of motivation, but running alongside such an incredible athlete as Paula Radcliffe should give them an additional lift. We are absolutely thrilled that Paula plans to take part in the race and we very much look forward to seeing her in action."
Daithi O'Connor, MD of Revive Active Products, added: "We are delighed to have Paula as an ambassador for Revive Active and to be able to bring her to Belfast for the Novosco Grand Prix. She is truly a sporting legend and embodies the active spirit of our brand perfectly."
Matt Shields, Laganside 10k race director, said: "We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Paula to our event. With only five weeks to go, registrations are filling up fast, so don't miss your chance to run alongside one of the greatest names in our sport."
The Novosco Grand Prix is an annual not-for-proit series of 10km running races in Northern Ireland, featuring races such as the Bangor Classic 10k, Saintfield 10k, and the Seeley Cup.
As Northern ireland's booming IT sector announces a wave of new jobs, its future engineers and analysts are participating in an innovative IT infrastructure summer camp this week (July 30 - August 3).
First launched in 2016, the Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Ulster University, returns today at Ulster University's Jordanstown campus.
The five-day summer camp, which is free to students aged 16-17 and enrolled at schools and colleges across Northern Ireland, provides first-hand, practical experience in the management and development of IT infrastructure and systems in a fun and engaging learning environment.
Professional IT engineers from Novosco, experts from the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC) at Ulster University, and lecturers from the Ulster University School of Computing are facilitating the camp, which also includes a tour of Novosco's state-of-the-art Belfast Headquarters at Catalyst Inc.
A mix of theory and hands-on experience, the camp covers networking, programming, IoT (Internet of Things), cloud computing, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and more. The camp will also utilise Ulster University's smart environment labs, which include some of the latest smart technologies, as well as a state-of-the-art robot, Sandy.
In a bid to nurture future IT talent during the camp and beyond, each student is also provided with a third-generation Raspberry Pi, a small and affordable computer used to learn programming, which they can keep.
Novosco Managing Director Patrick McAliskey said: "We are delighted to have been able to increase this year's intake as the Novosco Cloud Camp continues to grow from strength to strength.
"We are proud of the team we have built at Novosco, professionals who are some of the finest in their field, and it is a priority of ours to retain this expertise and provide opportunities for continued development and growth within the company as we expand our horizons.
"Equally, we remain firmly committed to providing the resources and experience necessary to equip Northern Ireland's IT engineers, programmers, and developers of the future with the skills they need to find employment in the sector and, ultimately, to drive forward its continued success and reaffirm Northern Ireland as a hub of industry-leading talent.
"We are thrilled to partner with Ulster University this year to deliver the third annual Novosco Cloud Camp."
Dr Nicola Ayre, Associate Head of the School of Computing at Ulster University commented: "Ulster University nurtures world-class IT and computing talent every year, students we are proud to say are industry-ready and sought-after by global companies, industry disruptors and local technology firms. Hosting the Novosco Cloud Camp allows us to showcase the breadth of opportunity a degree in computing at Ulster University offers to potential students. The knowledge and experience the budding IT professionals in attendance will gain about how Novosco - a successful IT company rooted locally and competing globally - stays ahead of the curve is invaluable."
For more information about the Novosco Cloud Camp, in partnership with Ulster University, visit www.novoscocloudcamp.com.
Novosco announced major expansion in Belfast that will significantly increase its workforce.
Managed cloud provider Novosco is recruiting almost 150 additional staff in a £20million expansion project.
Invest Northern Ireland is offering the company over £1.2m towards the creation of 114 of the new roles to be based at its Belfast headquarters. Danske Bank is providing finance for the capital investment required to support the company’s expansion and continued growth.
The new jobs will include IT infrastructure engineers, service delivery roles, project managers, cloud experts and cyber security specialists.
Welcoming the investment, Invest NI Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton said: “To stimulate economic growth we need to support those businesses with potential for high growth to become the large companies of the future. To help achieve this we have a specific goal as part of our Business Strategy to double the number of companies participating on our Scaling programme.
“Novosco has been part of our Scaling programme since October 2012. It has grown rapidly in recent years to become a significant player in Northern Ireland’s thriving IT industry. This growth has been through a combination of investment in leadership, skills and exports. This expansion marks another milestone in Novosco’s development.
“Our support towards these new jobs will ensure Novosco has the additional resources it needs to grow its business. These highly skilled roles, to be recruited over the next three years, will contribute over £4.8million annually in additional salaries to the local economy.
“This is a perfect example of how our support can not only help a local company to grow, but also deliver long-term economic benefit.”
Novosco provides IT infrastructure and Cloud based products and services to customers operating in a wide range of industries and sectors with health, housing, services and manufacturing representing key target markets. As an example of its growing success, the business was recently awarded the contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Patrick McAliskey, Managing Director of Novosco, said: “Novosco provides services to many of Northern Ireland’s leading businesses and public sector bodies as well as to universities, NHS Trusts, housing associations and businesses across the UK and Ireland. Our latest contract with CUH will propel our growth in the English market and require us to significantly expand our Belfast headquarters.
“Expanding our workforce will be critical to driving the next phase of our business strategy and Invest NI support will assist us to secure the right skills to ensure our continued growth.”
Novosco currently employs around 180 people, mostly at its Belfast headquarters in Catalyst Inc, and today’s announcement will see its headcount increase by 150 to more than 330 people.
Recruitment of the 114 new jobs to be located in Belfast is underway and will be ongoing until 2020.
As part of this expansion, the business is also planning to recruit 32 new employees to be located in England, where Novosco has an office in Daresbury, near Manchester as well as onsite presence with major customers.
Managed cloud provider Novosco has been awarded the contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH). The Trust runs Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie maternity hospital and is one of the largest and most digitised Trusts in the UK.
CUH is one of the 16 global digital exemplar (GDE) Trusts selected by NHS England for its digital excellence and maturity.
The contract, which is worth £107million over seven years, will see Novosco provide a range of services to support CUH’s award-winning eHospital digital programme and its electronic patient record system, Epic.
It adds to Novosco’s existing portfolio of health sector clients, which includes a number of UK NHS trusts.
The company, which is headquartered in Belfast and has offices in Manchester and Dublin, also counts major housing associations and universities, two premier league football teams, and some of the island of Ireland’s best-known businesses as customers.
The services Novosco will be providing to CUH include installing new secure platforms for application hosting, including Epic; updating end-user computing devices and print solutions; installing resilient and reliable networks; and delivering the technology that will enable the Trust to achieve its GDE objectives.
Novosco managing director, Patrick McAliskey, says: “CUH is regarded as one of the leading lights in healthcare digital transformation in the UK and we are delighted that they have chosen Novosco to provide these vitally important IT services. We look forward to working with CUH to help them further extend their digital platform and capabilities and to help them provide even better and safer care to patients.”
CUH director of digital, Dr Jag Ahluwalia, added: “We are pleased to confirm our new partnership with Novosco and look forward to working with them to meet the next set of challenges we face in our ambitious and ongoing plan to improve healthcare through technology. The further digital development of our hospital is central to improving care for our patients and providing a better experience for our staff”.
One of Northern Ireland’s leading IT businesses has joined with Ulster University to offer the IT engineers of the future the chance to develop their skills.
Novosco Cloud Camp – an educational initiative by managed cloud provider Novosco - will run at the university’s Jordanstown Campus between 30th July and 3rd August 2018, and it is bigger and better than ever before.
Free of charge and open to students between the ages of 16 and 17 (on 30th July 2018) at schools and colleges across Northern Ireland, it will provide hands-on IT infrastructure experience, as well as a fun learning environment.
Part of the camp will take place in Ulster University’s smart environment labs, which include some of the latest smart technologies, as well as a state-of-the-art robot called Sandy.
Professional IT engineers and Ulster University lecturers will facilitate the camp, which will also involve a tour of Novosco’s Catalyst Inc headquarters to allow students to see a world-class managed cloud company in action.
In addition to free registration, all participants will be provided with a free Raspberry Pi computer to keep, as well as a lunch voucher each day. There will also be complementary transport provided from Belfast city centre to the university.
The camp will help students develop their skills in areas including hardware and operating systems, creating a virtual server, machine learning / artificial intelligence, machine vision and sensor technologies, cloud technologies and consider the ‘Internet of Things’.
To mark its third year, the number of places on the camp this year has been increased by one-third.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, said: “Novosco Cloud Camp has grown and got better each year that it has taken place and we are delighted to expand the camp again this year in conjunction with Ulster University, with 40 places available. We were overwhelmed with the interest in last year’s Novosco Cloud Camp, and we anticipate even stronger interest this year. We are delighted to be working with Ulster University to help deliver the camp, which we see as an invaluable initiative for skills development in Northern Ireland. As a fast-growing managed cloud company, we are very aware of the need to encourage more of our young people to choose IT, and we believe that there is no better career than IT infrastructure.”
Ulster University School of Computing Associate Head of School, Dr Nicola Ayre said: “As Northern Ireland continues to attract global tech companies and local tech companies continue to compete on a global stage, it is imperative that we have a steady stream of qualified graduates with strong technology skills to fill the well paid positions available. The Novosco Cloud Camp in association with Ulster University aims to develop skills, raise ambitions and prepare future IT leaders by presenting the opportunity for participants to engage with our state-of-the-art robot, experiment with some of the very latest technology in our research labs and fully immerse themselves in the world of IT outside of a classroom setting.”
Novosco is a managed cloud provider with clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK and Ireland, including Premiership football teams, police forces, some of the UK’s largest health trusts and many of Northern Ireland’s top companies. Novosco employs over 180 people, mainly in Belfast.
Ulster University’s smart environments include a smart kitchen, smart bedroom and smart living room, used to support investigations into the area of assistive technologies and activity recognition.
In addition, a newly refurbished robotics laboratory is being used to investigate the development of autonomous robotics which could be used within home-based settings.
To complement this, a set of 400 sensing nodes is currently available to be deployed in a smart environment covering a footprint of over 6,800 square feet.
The university also has a multitude of mobile platforms and a recently installed mobile laboratory.