2019 in Review - LIT in the Community

Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019 has been a busy year for our Belfast and Dublin committees – we’ve done everything from impostor syndrome events to the Pride parade, from bodyweights classes to sleeping outside the airport – and a whole lot in between!

It’s been a great year for our charity fundraising, with Dublin colleagues raising over €10,000 for Pieta House and Belfast colleagues helping The Welcome Organisation to raise £25,000 for a street ambulance.

Women in Tech have run a number of events in Belfast and Dublin, including two very successful ‘Yellow Chairs’ in which colleagues talked about the barriers they have faced or observed, and how we all have a role to play in building a more diverse workforce.

Pride @ LIT has been established and will be formally launched in February 2020. In Belfast, our Green Scene committee helped us come third in our category in the Active Travel Challenge, and our Balance committees in both locations have continued to promote physical and mental health initiatives, including digital ways of taking care of ourselves.

STEM Ambassadors have given over 150 hours to working with pupils, students and teachers. We also ran our first ever Code First: Girls event and you can learn more about it in this short video.

 

Dublin colleagues have been heavily involved in Tech for Good Dublin and have recently worked with Inner City Helping Homeless to create their website and to develop an app which will be launched in 2020. We also welcomed Fingal Libraries to our Dublin office, to spend a day imagining what the digital library of the future might look like and determining what can be done now to make libraries more accessible.

 

We’re looking forward to seeing what 2020 holds for LIT in the community!