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Students put thinking caps on at London conference


University of Wolverhampton students put their computer thinking caps on recently at a conference held in London.

Five students studying for degrees in Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Physics from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, accompanied by Dr Herbert Daly, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, attended the IBM z15 Think Summit London 2019 conference to explore the latest in computing innovation.

The conference focused on mainframe systems which are widely used in industries like the financial sector, airline reservations, logistics and other fields where a large number of transactions need to be processed as part of routine business practices.

The conference hosted more than 2,000 clients, business partners, developers, academics, analysts, influencers and journalists who gathered together to network, share new ideas, explore creativity and discover innovations which will shape the future.

Satwant Kaur, a second year student studying for a Computer Science degree in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science, said in her blog: “The event was really useful for attendees to learn about the capabilities of the new IBM z15 and to connect with IBM subject matter experts and engineers so that we could learn about new innovations such as cloud-native development tools, Blockchain, artificial intelligence and more.

“Some students managed to meet experts from IBM and we had the opportunity to check out Quantum Computing so overall it was a very exciting day for us.”

Dr Daly said:  “Attending this conference puts our students in a really valuable networking space where IBM partners were demonstrating their business and work, offering samples and demonstrations from organisations such as Meridian IT, Trilogy Technologies and Compucentre.

“Mainframe technology is huge, used by major banks and corporations all over the world and with many people who work with this system now at retirement age, there has been a surge in businesses looking for the next generation of employees with mainframe skills. The University of Wolverhampton is one of only a few universities that offer courses specifically dedicated to mainframe teaching which will hopefully create the new generation of mainframers.”

Anyone interested in studying in the School of Mathematics and Computer Science should register for the next Open Day on Saturday 16th November 2019.

Picture caption from left to right: Dominique Day (IBM), Ben Hodgson, Jordan Brown, Chloe Allen, Lukas Jaks and Satwant Kaur.


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