This week marked the second annual IT Professionals Day, an initiative launched last by the ICS (Irish Computer Society) to celebrate the IT profession and support professionals in realising their potential.

It is intended as a platform to raise awareness of the IT profession, its importance, the potential within the profession, the need for continued professionalism, and the value of further contribution to society as an IT professional.

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) celebrated the milestone with an event on April 25 where it awarded honorary fellowships to Lord David Puttnam in recognition of his contribution as a digital champion and to Mary Moloney, global CEO of CodorDojo, in recognition of her significant contribution in the field of information technology. The event also provided a platform for established professionals to hear from leading industry figures on opportunities within the sector and advice on how to mature within the profession.

Although it began only last year in Ireland, this year’s IT Professionals Day was also celebrated in Malta and received messages of support from IFIP, the European Commission, CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) and Science Foundation Ireland.

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) took the opportunity to capture video messages of support from international and local thought leaders, all of which have been posted on its website at

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) also ran an online campaign through its website, inviting individuals to ‘Commit’ to a code of conduct, ‘Connect’ to a professional network and ‘Contribute’ their skills for a worthy cause.