20 February 2021 | 10.20am
Location: Scarlett Visitor Centre
Join Love Tech and the Manx Wildlife Trust for a fascinating Fossil Hunt and science themed talk at the Scarlett Visitor Centre, in Castletown. This location offers outstanding coastal scenery, spectacular limestone and volcanic rock-formations, great seasonal flowers and plenty of birds to see.
Whether you have a budding palaeontologist in the household, you simply want to get your child outdoors to explore nature or looking to feed your child’s curiosity, in a fun and educational environment, this event is for you, and most importantly, the children!
A big thank you to the Manx Wildlife Trust for supporting us with this wonderful event, we can’t wait!
Ticket information to be announced shortly. Due to limited spaced, tickets will be on a first come first served basis via an Eventbrite link.
The Visitor Centre stands between the quarry, source of the limestone which built Castletown, and the triple lime-kilns on the shore. Displaying maps, diagrams and data, the Centre introduces the complex geology and fossil remains of the Scarlett peninsula. A short film shows off the areas rich coastal flora and bird life. A marked Nature Trail explores these features on the ground, specifically the limestone pavements and volcanic rocks such as the Stack. This is an exhilarating walk at any season, especially when spring flowers including spring squill, thrift, bird’s foot trefoil and stonecrop, carpet the rocky outcrops and the turf. In addition to the many and varied seabirds of Castletown Bay, wheatears, stonechats and meadow pipits dart among the rocks in summer and the disused quarry lake attracts hawking swallows and martins.
27 March 2021 | Time TBC
Location: Marine Drive
Join the Love Tech team and science mentors for our spring event – Risso’s Dolphin Watching & Marine Conservation Talk with the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch on Marine Drive in Douglas.
This event will be FREE of CHARGE. However, due to restricted numbers, we will require those attending to acquire a ticket. Ticket information to follow.
More about the Risso’s Dolphin, from our friends at Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch…
The Risso’s dolphin can be distinguishable at the surface by the large dorsal fin on the centre of the back. They generally have a rather slow travelling pace, but break out into bursts of highly active behaviour during or after foraging. This behaviour varies widely and can include breaching, head slapping, spy hopping, head and tail standing, swimming upside down and logging.
Risso’s dolphins are the most commonly seen dolphin species in summer months despite our distinctly shallow waters. They are often observed extremely close inshore in areas such as Port St Mary, Marine Drive and Langness. These coastal areas have water depths of just 22m-35m, so quite different from their typical habitat. They are often seen around the Calf of Man, either passing through The Sound or around the back near the Chicken Rock. Young calves are seen every year during the spring and summer.
The reason for such abundance in our shallower waters is not yet known, but Manx waters are clearly a critical habitat for this species.
Press Release: Love Tech Postpones Events Schedule
It is with regret that we need to inform you that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone all forthcoming Love Tech events, due to the unprecedented times we’re facing with regards the Covid-19 outbreak across the World.
The health and safety of everyone who supports Love Tech, whether it is a child, parent or volunteer, is of paramount importance to us and we believe that this is the right and most conscientious course of action for all concerned.
We have therefore placed all events, board and committee meetings on hold for the short term and we will continue to share updates and STEM related content via our social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram).
The committee is looking forward to delivering more exciting events in the near future.
Love Tech Press Release for Game Development Workshops
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 14 TH OCTOBER 2019
Love Tech invites award winning game development studio to the Island, to run free workshops for the next generation of developers
Love Tech is delighted to announce a new event in their November calendar: two FREE Game Development Workshops run by award – winning Game Doctor Ltd.
Game Doctor Ltd is a game development studio in the UK that builds educational games for children, primarily around healthcare. They aim to transfer STEM and health education through the production of digital media. Founded by microbiologist Dr Carla Brown, the company develops mobile games, software and media to educate communities about complex topics in science and healthcare.
The two workshops will be run by Dr Brown and her senior developer, who are traveling to the Island for this purpose, at Love Tech’s invitation. Dr Brown is a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and TedX speaker, and Game Doc tor Ltd has won multiple awards for their approach to learning. The two workshops take place on 23 and 24 November, with the Saturday event designed for a younger audience of 12 to 15 – year olds, and the Sunday event for 15 to 18 – year olds. Workshop attendees will learn about developing “tech for good”, with a focus on skill sets and career options in game development and technology, how to differentiate a good idea from a poor one and how to design a game to solve a problem. At the end of each workshop, attendees will pitch their ideas to a small set of judges and their peers for critique and feedback.
Dr Brown, CEO of Game Dr Ltd, said : “This is our first visit to the Isle of Man, and we are excited to learn more about the Island and meet the students involved in the workshops. ”
Lydia Barbara, Love Tech committee member and Chair of Digital Isle of Man, said : “Game development has consistently been the most popular aspirational career choice for the students Love Tech has engaged with so far, and we couldn’t be more pleased to host Dr Brown and her colleague.”
Whilst on the Island, Dr Brown will also speak at the Google Developer Group’s first ‘ DevFest ’, which takes place on 22 and 23 November in the Hubb, located above the Eagle Lab. More information can be found on www.devfest.im.
Love Tech has also just announced their second Book Club event, now running until the 2nd November. For information about these and future events, please visit the Love Tech website www.lovetech.im/events
Manx-born filmmaker Sarah Kerruish wows hundreds of cinema goers with local film premiere of GENERAL MAGIC and her Love of Tech, raising thousands for local not-for-profit!
Local not-for-profit ‘Love Tech’ formed late 2017 to raise awareness of career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for girls and women on the Isle of Man, have held their first major fundraising event, wowing hundreds of local cinema goers in the process!
The inaugural fundraiser, which raised £11,500 for Love Tech, took place on Saturday 19 January 2019 at the Broadway Cinema with more than two hundred and fifty people in attendance. The general public including many young students and local businesses were blown away by the Isle of Man premiere of highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary, General Magic.
The film, co-produced and co-directed by Manx-born Sarah Kerruish, was followed by an informative and exclusive Q&A session with the director and compered by Christy De Haven. The film is the story of one of history’s most talented technology teams. From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emojis, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic, a 1989 Silicon Valley start-up that most of us haven’t heard of. This fascinating documentary is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world.
Filmmaker Sarah Kerruish commented:
“I can’t thank the Love Tech team enough for everything they did and for making my homecoming so special. It meant so much to me to be able to share the film and the story of making it, with such a warm audience. It felt like so many strands of my life coming together and it was definitely the most meaningful screening for me to date.”
Love Tech Director and Account Director for Continent 8 Technologies, Roberta Castle commented:
“Sarah is a true inspiration and we were so proud to be able to bring her back to the Island to share her incredible documentary and story with so many people. Sarah’s talent for filmmaking and storytelling is evident, as is her passion for technology and we were delighted to have such a great role model supporting our cause.”
Claire Milne, co-founder of Love Tech and Partner at Appleby, added:
“We want to thank our fantastic sponsors and everyone who purchased a ticket for the event. We’re thrilled with the level of funds raised and we’re looking forward to delivering many more exciting events in 2019.”
Award Winning Independent Movie General Magic to Premiere on Isle of Man
Independent Film co-produced by an award winning, Manx born film director, to premiere on the Isle of Man this January.
Love Tech Isle of Man, formed in 2017 to raise awareness about career opportunities for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), announce their latest event to take place on Saturday 19 January 2019 at the Broadway Cinema, Douglas.
The first official fund raising event for the not-for-profit will see Manx-born, award-winning filmmaker Sarah Kerruish return to the Isle of Man to premiere her highly acclaimed independent film and documentary ‘General Magic’.
The first of two screenings kindly supported by Digital Isle of Man, Continent 8 Technologies, GameOn Marketing and IT Works will be shown at lunchtime, exclusively for teenagers between the age of 14 and 18. Tickets are just £10 each and include the film, refreshments, and a cinema ‘goody bag’. The evening event kindly supported by Annexio, The Stars Group, Continent 8 Technologies, GameOn Marketing and Digital Isle of Man is priced at £60 per ticket and aimed at the local business community. Tickets include a welcome glass of fizz, soft drinks, dinner, the film, refreshments and a cinema ‘goody bag’. Book tickets here
Sarah Kerruish, co-director and co-producer of the film, grew up on the Isle of Man, but after embarking on a Manx scholarship with the University of Idaho found the course of her life changed forever. She lived in the US for 20 years, the last 15 of which were spent in Silicon Valley, where she worked alongside some of the great inventors of our age.
The film ‘General Magic’ is the story of one of history’s most talented technology teams. From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emojis, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic, a 1989 Silicon Valley start-up that most of us haven’t heard of. This fascinating documentary is a tale of how great vision and epic failure can change the world.
The film features members of the original Mac team along with the creators of the iPhone, Android and eBay, whose visions of the future have shaped our lives today. The film captures the spirit of those of us who dare to dream big and the life-changing consequences when we fail, fail again, fail better, and ultimately succeed. The trailer can be seen here: www.generalmagicthemovie.com
Following each screening, compere Christy DeHaven will be joined by Sarah Kerruish on stage for a question and answer session.
Love Tech Director and Account Director for Continent 8 Technologies, Roberta Castle commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Sarah back to the Island for this exciting event, not only to share her inspiring and incredible journey, but to also premiere the fascinating story of General Magic with the Manx public. Love Tech’s mission is to inspire, engage and empower girls to explore career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and what an incredible role model we have in Sarah.”
Sarah Kerruish added: “Our hope is that General Magic will inspire the next generation of technologists and makers to learn from those who have gone before them and apply the lessons of General Magic to solving the most important problems of our day.”
For more information on how to purchase tickets for either of the two events, follow Love Tech on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit www.lovetech.im/events.