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

IT Leaders Event, Mary VincentOne of the world's leading experts on green IT innovation visited the University on Monday 12 April to deliver two lectures. The first was tailored towards students and another took place as part of the North-east's IT Leaders' Forum which was launched in February.

Serial entrepreneur Mary Vincent, founder and CEO of Green Star Solution, a global business and technology firm, examined why innovation methodologies for IT are so important. Brought to Scotland through the Girl Geeks global network for women in IT, which is sponsored by the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering & Technology (UKRC), Mary selected Robert Gordon University to host the event as one of the leading universities in Scotland. She hopes to urge more women to create technology-related businesses.

Ian Allison, Head of the School of Computing, commented: "We were 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!"

Leaders Event The public talk was 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 allowed 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: Green Star Solution.

Sheryl Newman, Operations Director of IT training consultancy Easthaven Group, the company that coordinates the Aberdeen arm of Girl Geeks Scotland, added: "This event was 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."

A second Aberdeen Girl Geeks event is to take place on Tuesday 11 May at the Palm Court on Seafield Road. This will feature keynote speaker Justine Cassell, from Northwestern University in the USA, who received a ‘Women of Vision' Anita Borg award in 2008. For more details contact Sheryl Newman via

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Katy Jones
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