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‘World Wide Waste’ – Talk on green IT to highlight energy issues


One of the world's leading experts on green IT innovation is to visit Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen this month to deliver two lectures. The first will be tailored towards students and another as part of the North-east's IT Leaders' Forum which was launched in February.

On Monday 12 April, serial entrepreneur Mary Vincent, founder and CEO of Green Star Solution, a global business and technology firm, will examine why innovation methodologies for IT are so important. Brought to Scotland through the Girl Geeks global network for women in IT, Mary hopes to urge more women to create technology-related businesses.

Ian Allison, Head of the School of Computing at Robert Gordon University, comments: "We are delighted to welcome Mary to our shores. When you consider that Google handles something like 200 million searches daily, and some say just a couple of these generate as much energy as it takes to boil a kettle, the issue of green IT suddenly becomes a pressing matter. Research suggests that the IT industry generates as much greenhouse gas as the world's airlines!"

Open to the public, the second talk of the day, from 5.30pm at the University's St Andrew Street Building, will be co-sponsored as part of the IT Leaders' Forum by HEAD, the IT resourcing group, ScotlandIS, the trade body for IT in Scotland, and law firm McGrigors. The aim of the Forum is to grow and support a network of IT managers and this event will allow members to share ideas on the global green IT issue.

Based in San Francisco, speaker Mary Vincent has an impressive track record of software product innovation, and is now an ambassador for green software solutions. Previously, she worked at Sun Microsystems and DHL, creating and managing global Java programmes. She has since founded a number of green businesses and is keen to establish links with businesses and educational communities across the world. For more information, visit: http://www.greenstarsolution.com.

Sheryl Newman, Operations Director of IT training consultancy Easthaven, the company that coordinates the Aberdeen arm of Girl Geeks Scotland, adds: "This event is great news for the women in IT working in Aberdeen. Mary is a phenomenal speaker and has proven time and time again that female entrepreneurs can engineer hugely profitable ventures that are ethically and environmentally sound."

For more information and to register for this free event, call 01506 472200 or email leigh-ann.donoghue@scotlandis.com

ENDS                                                                              02 April 2010