Ignite your future 2022

Posted on: 1 March 2022 in Blog posts

Ignite your future 2022

IYF is an employability week in the Department of Computer Science which happens each year and is packed full of activities with industry.

Ignite Your Future 2022

Monday 7th March -  Thursday 17th March 2022

Ignite Your Future is an employability week in the Department of Computer Science which happens each year and is packed full of activities with industry. These can take the form of skills sessions, panel events, lectures or networking sessions.

This year Ignite Your Future will run from Monday 7th - Thursday 17th March and we hope to see as many of you as possible at all of the events. Come along, meet some new people, learn some new things and have fun!

List of events below:


MATLAB and Lunch - Programming with MATLAB, Tips and Tricks from Industry

Monday 7th March / 15:00 to 17.00 in 128MP-MPC1 (128 Mount Pleasant)

Come along to the interactive session which will look at Programming with MATLAB – Tips and Tricks from Industry. Learn how to utilise the MATLAB language at its full potential. Find out how to find and address bottlenecks in your code and more about efficient industrial coding workflow.

Kayser Space and NanoAvionics, organised with the Scouser Space Society

Monday 7th March / 17.00 to 19.00 in CTL4-Flex

The session organised by the Scouser Space Society, a new society to Ignite Your Future, will introduce two speakers: The first is Kayser Space who have been working with the European Space Agency and will talk about their collaborative project, Genesiss. The Genesiss project studies the effects of explosure of space environment has on plant seeds and function in extreme conditions such as vaccum, microgravity, radiation and variations in temperature.  The second speaker will be Edward Jamieson from NanoAvionics. NanoAvionics is a small satellite mission integrator focused on delivering new generation satellite buses and propulsion systems for the satellite applications market. With facilities in North America and Europe, NanoAvionics’ team consists of more than 130 driven and skilful employees. They have completed over 90 successful satellite missions and commercial projects.  Edward started his career at the European Space Agency (ESA) as a Young Graduate Trainee (YGT) in 2017, after completing a BSc Economics at the University of Portsmouth, and an MSc Finance and Investment at Durham University. As an investment portfolio analyst for downstream applications, Edward reviewed the return on investment generated by ESA across Europe, advising Member States governments on their social and economic impacts to inform budgets. In 2018 he moved to Oxford Space Systems, a manufacturer of deployable space structures, working in business development and product strategy. By 2020 he was working at NanoAvionics, a multi-national satellite manufacturer and mission integrator, where he is now the European Lead for Govt. Programmes and Strategic Partnerships. As part of the growing UK team, Edward drives NanoAvionics institutionally focussed growth, as NanoAvionics look to provide timely, cost-effect access to space for traditional and non-traditional space players alike.

Exploring Careers in a Virtual World - Gaming, VR and AR 

Tuesday 8th march / 17.00 to 19.00 in CTL4-Flex

The Exploring Careers in a Virtual World on Tuesday 8th March at 5pm will explore organisations, roles and the use of Gaming, VR and AR. If you are into gaming and using tech you need to be at this event.

Careers in Manufacturing and AI

Wednesday 9th March / 13.00 to 15:00 in Ashton Lecture Theatre, Ashton Building

The Manufacturing and AI event will include companies from manufacturing such as AstraZeneca, Unilever, MTC (Robotics) and Csols, a local company working on lab analytics. Martin Mansfield from Csols will be talking about how they use knowledge representation and multi-agent systems to improve data analytics and interpretation. MTC will demonstrate robotics in action at the event with a demonstration of their robotic dog. Hear how the organisations are using AI in their daily operations.

Careers in Cyber Secturity and COMP107 poster competition, organised with the CyberSecurity Society

Wednesday 9th March / 16.00 to 18:00 in Ashton Lecture Theatre, Ashton Building

The Cyber Security event and COMP107 poster presentations event will take place on Wednesday 9th March at 4pm. Come along to hear from industry about Cyber Security and vote for your favourite COMP107 Cyber poster. The Enid Mumford prize will be announced for the winning poster at the event. 

Our first speaker will be Nino Crudele from Hitachi solutions. Nino is a University of Liverpool Alumni and has +25 years of hands-on experience in cloud technologies and Cybersecurity, delivering large scale solutions and driving global companies to use technologies in the best and most profitable way. He is Microsoft Azure MVP since 2006, PGc in Cybersecurity at the University of Liverpool, and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Nino is an international speaker, author, and a well-known geek technology passionate in the IT community. Nino will speak about The Red and the Blue side of security in the real world of business and will share with the audience his real experience and research about the two main aspects of security in today's business scenario, the attack and defence. We will discuss how today's global companies look at security. During the session, the students will see how a hacker can discover a zero-day vulnerability in the real world. Nino will also discuss fascinating points about some major vulnerabilities he sees in cloud architecture, and he will provide his point of view to prevent this type of attack. In this session, the students will see how today's hackers operate, prevent these very dangerous threats, and the pros and cons of cloud architecture.

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, organised with the Blockchain and Crypto society

Thursday 10th March / 17:00 to 18:00 in CTL4-FLEX

At the Blockchain and Crypto event on Thursday 10th March at 5pm we will hear from our indusry speaker and Alumni Rahul Kothari. Learn more about Rahul's journey and role in Crypto for Reddit and the Ethereum foundation. Ask questions about technology, NFT's and the Metaverse. Find out more about how to find roles in the industry and the skills you will need to succeed. Ideal for anyone interested in Blockchain and Crypto.

Ignite Your Future in the City

Friday 11th March from 17:00 to 19:00 in CTL4-FLEX

The Ignite Your Future in Your City event on Friday 11th March at 5pm brings local organisations with opportunities in to speak to you! Come along to find out more about the LCR Graduate Scheme and how to apply, find out about the roles available you can apply for now. This event will be of interest to second, third and final years and Alumni looking for opportunities. Come along and find out about roles for your future in your city. We look forward to seeing you there.

Puzzle Game Jam, organised with the Game Development Society

Wednesday 16th March / 13:00 to 20:00 in Rendall Seminar Room 11, Rendall Building

Are you looking for a fun activity that's not online but actually with real people? Would you like to meet new friends? Then why not come along to the Game Jam on Wednesday 16th March at 1pm?  The Game Jam will be all about puzzles with you having the opportunity to work in a team to make a game. We've picked this topic because puzzles are an integral part of coding, when there is an issue its time to get solving. However, we are not looking for just coders to take part in the event - there is no minimum skills limit. Committee Members of the Game Development Society will be on hand to help so its just a case of turning up and having a go. You never know, you might just create the next Wordle?!  Puzzles will be judged by a representative from the Gaming Industry and there will be prizes for the winning team.


You can book all events on Handshake -  bit.ly/IYF2022