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Sync NI's top 10 Views of 2020

  • 2020 has seen a huge growth in fantastic opinion pieces and thought leadership views from the brightest tech minds across Northern Ireland, which we at Sync NI have been proud to be a part of. 

    The Covid-19 pandemic - although disruptive and detrimental for many individuals - encouraged many people across NI's tech and business community to come together and provide tips and feature pieces to help others during lockdown. 

    Below are the top 10 most read articles within our Views section this year. We hope you join us in 2021 to be a part of many more!

    #1 Bazaarvoice: A refresher for remote working in Bazaar times

    Caroline Grant has been working remotely from Donegal for years and is currently part of the team at Belfast-based tech company Bazaarvoice. As the COVID-19 lockdown has been extended for another 3 weeks, the initial ‘working from home’ momentum may begin to wane. Caroline shares her tips on maintaining a healthy mind and sustaining your workload during the extended lockdown.

    #2 COVID-19: Why do people create fake news and why do others want to believe it so badly?

    In a world where the term ‘fake news’ is actually comprised in the Cambridge English dictionary, and the ever-increasing prevalence of online stories seems to be endless, it is not surprising that false stories are continuously popping up in regards to the coronavirus pandemic every day.

    However, "why is it that so many people seem to want to believe the fake news?" asks Sync NI journalist, Niamh Campbell in this feature piece. 

    #3 PwC NI: Why we need to invest in our young people’s tech talents early

    Stephanie Gowdy discusses PwC’s approach to developing the technology experts of tomorrow.

    "As the PwC landscape continues to evolve so too does our need for tech-savvy talent who can confidently support our digital transformation - both for our clients and for our people..."

    #4 Prof Emma Flynn: 'Female entrepreneurs succeed at QUB'

    Queen's University Belfast (QUB) Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Emma Flynn discusses female entrepreneurial success at Queen’s and the role that women are playing to drive innovation in the University and beyond.

    #5 NI Screen: 2019 year in review

    2019 proved to be another prosperous year for Northern Ireland Screen with many successes across film, TV drama, animation, games and factual-entertainment.

    Throughout 2019 production continued to boost the local economy and provide employment and training opportunities for hundreds of local people. Audiences at home and abroad enjoyed locally made content in their millions.

    We are thus looking forward to reading about NI Screen's 2020 year in review soon!

    Bazaarvoice: How can organisations use these changing times to make their people leaders?

    Seamus Cushley, VP and Belfast Site Lead at Bazaarvoice discusses one of the fundamental questions of leadership; “how to bring the best out in the people you’re responsible for and really unlock their potential”?

    #7 How to maximise your LinkedIn profile for business

    Niamh Taylor is an award-winning founder of digital marketing agency, Digital Twenty Four. Having developed and delivered a range of digital transformation programmes for a wide range of businesses, including local councils, she is highly experienced in the use of LinkedIn for business growth and shares her top takeaways for maximising your LinkedIn business profile.

    #8 What to take away from WIB NI's #WomenInTechBelfast conference

    Back in February, our journalist Niamh Campbell attended Women in Business NI's ‘Women in Tech’ event at Titanic Belfast, bringing together inspiring and inspirational females from across the country to share their career experiences and network with like-minded ladies.

    She recalls her top points of the day - hopefully we can return to more face-to-face events like these in the near future!

    #9 What is the future of tech and start-ups in NI?

    Back in June, the Tech Nation team held a virtual discussion based on Northern Ireland's part within an even larger 'technological revolution' that the pandemic has accelerated. 

    Journalist Niamh Campbell attended the discussion, and in this write-up provides some key takeaways on the future of NI's tech sector for those that missed out. 

    #10 BelTech 2020: Cloud Native and what it means for business

    A platform piece by Dr Peter Farrell, Technical Architect at Kainos Software

    "Cloud nativity is not a checkbox for businesses interested in tech; rather, it is a broad range that covers the extent to which any organisation uses cloud services to improve their processes from cost and performance perspectives..."

    You can read all of the previous and up-to-date articles within the Views section on Sync NI's site here.

    About the author

    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

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