Beach clean 2018

Team JT and Super League Triathletes join together to keep our Island clean

Islanders of all ages are invited to join volunteers from JT and professional athletes of the Super League Triathlon to help clean the beach at West Park before the world-class actions gets underway.

The big JT Beach Clean will take place on Thursday 27 September from 3.30 pm and is being organised by JT in association with Little Feet Environmental and Jersey Marine Conservation, JT’s chosen charities for 2018. A team of volunteers from across all business areas of JT will be taking part and hope Islanders of all ages will join them to help ready the area for world-wide attention.

Eight athletes who will be competing in the Super League Triathlon that weekend (29/30 September) will also be joining in, providing a great opportunity for the public to meet the professionals before their attention turns to the high-speed competition around the Harbour and Waterfront.

Christophe Chateau, JT’s Head of Culture & Employee Engagement, said: “We’d like as many people as possible to come down to the area in front of La Frégate Café for 3.30 pm, or as soon as you can after the schools finish. The eyes of the world will be on that part of Jersey in the following days, so we want to make sure Jersey is looking its very best. It should be a great community event, with the charities, athletes, team JT and the people of Jersey taking part.”

As the official Technology Partner of Super League Triathlon, JT is actively involved over the weekend, including running the free JT Fan Zone – an area above the Waterfront car park which will include live music, food and drink, children’s activities and a ‘tech zone’ for adults and children alike to test their sporting prowess in a Virtual Reality world.

Michael D’Hulst, CEO and co-founder of Super League Triathlon, said: “At Super League Triathlon, we are passionate about being a sustainable company and reducing our impact on the world. Our athletes share this passion as they are out in nature training for so much of the year. We will be reducing the use of plastic as much as possible across the RBC Super League Jersey event, helped by JT. Come along to the JT Beach Clean and join our athletes to keeping Jersey and our oceans clean.”

The clean will be led and coordinated by Little Feet Environmental and Jersey Marine Conservation. It should last around two hours, although the more people who turn up, the quicker the clean will be.

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Issued by Julien Morel at Direct Input. Telephone 01534 735253 or email julien@directinput.je for more information.



National Coding Week

Inclusivity and innovation provide the key for Fifth National Coding Week

Digital excellence, innovation and inclusivity will be at the heart of the fifth National Coding Week, sponsored by JT.

This year’s National Coding Week (NCW) takes place 17 – 23 September and will offer a full programme of events in both Jersey and Guernsey to encourage interest in learning digital skills and provide hubs of activity that highlight inclusivity, social contribution and innovation.

Jersey-based NCW Head of Strategy Jonathan Channing said that the 2018 programme of events demonstrates the relevance of digital knowledge in all sectors of our community.

The week kicks off with a JT hosted launch event at the Digital Hub on 17 September which will look at the opportunities presented by new technologies and will also help people understand how to protect themselves from online threats. At the event the NCW team will also demonstrate an augmented reality T-shirt and app, which uses computer generated content to show the inside of the human body.

“The events we have lined up this year are a genuinely exciting mix and really do show the scope of digital innovation and the ways in which it is now embedded in so many areas of our lives. There are a range of events in both Jersey and Guernsey that will showcase the extent of digital innovation within our communities and there will also be many opportunities to join digital networking and leadership events in both islands,” said Mr Channing.

Mr Channing said that he was delighted that NCW’s work had recently been endorsed by the National Cyber Security Centre, which provides advice for the public and private sector in how to avoid computer security threats, for helping to make people aware of the need to be secure online and looking for ways to balance this with accessibility.

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director for the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, said: “National Coding Week is a great reason to try your hand at coding but take the time to learn about writing secure code as well – it’s even more fun! This week, whether you’re a beginner or pro, I challenge you to learn one new technique to make your code safer. Safer code means a safer UK.”

Jersey Library and Digital Jersey will be the centres of activity in Jersey with Digital Greenhouse playing host to a variety of events in Guernsey throughout the week.

Tamara O’Brien, JT’s Head of Customer Experience, said: “It’s inspiring to see how National Coding Week has continued to grow which is down to the passion and energy of the organisers and their commitment to promoting digital learning and skills for people of all ages and abilities. We have been involved for 5 years providing sponsorship and one of the reasons that we’re very happy to support NCW is that it is centred around the concept of accessible technology and helping people in our communities to adapt to new changes in the digital world. Their events are inclusive and open to all provided in relaxed environment which I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of, in helping people of all ages grow in confidence and adapt to the opportunities of the digital world.”

NCW was the brainchild of Islanders Richard Rolfe and Jordan Love and over the past five years, it has spread globally with events now being held as far away as the US and Australia.

Guides which explain how to get involved in NCW, case studies and the full programme of events are available on the NCW website https://codingweek.org

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JT - Proud Tech Sponsors of Super League Triathlon

Virtual Reality Tech Zone to take Islanders to another dimension at Super League Triathlon

A free ‘Tech Zone’ – including VR headsets for children, mixed-reality gaming and a triathlon experience that allows you to take on the professionals – will form part of the new JT Fan Zone at next month’s RBC Super League Jersey event.

JT – the official Technology Partner of RBC Super League Jersey – is expanding its support this year by introducing a selection of free for all entertainment, food and games to the world-class event. Team Gravity, a virtual reality eSports team which JT also sponsors – will run the new JT Tech Zone having just returned from competing in the VR League World Finals in San Jose, bringing another world class experience to the weekend of fun and sport.

The JT Fan Zone, which will be based above the Waterfront car park over the weekend of 28 – 30 September, will also include a stage packed with Jersey talent playing free music throughout the week, healthy food served by local caterers and an activity-filled Kids Zone.

Tim McGuinness, who is founder of Team Gravity and Virtex Studios, a company which is the leading provider of Virtual and Augmented Reality services in the Channel Islands, said: “We’re really excited about sharing the possibilities of VR in the JT Tech Zone. I’m looking forward to the community getting involved.

“Both VR and AR are growing rapidly and it is now also a very real concept in the Channel Islands thanks to the completion of JT’s full-fibre network in Jersey. Being part of the first professional VR eSports organisation in the world, Team Gravity is leading the way in a rapidly expanding industry, and we can now go further thanks to JT. We would like to invite all islanders to pop by and discover the power of VR for themselves for free next month.”

Michal D’Hulst, co-founder and CEO of SLT, said: “The vision of Super League Triathlon is to provide fans with a world-class event experience. This VR immersion at JT’s exciting new Fan Zone will give the fans in Jersey the opportunity to get closer to the action than ever before.”

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive Officer of JT, said: “We are looking forward to the RBC Super League Jersey event for its second year and are proud to provide and support them with world-class technology to power this important event for our island. It’s also the ideal place to celebrate the Island reaching 100% of broadband customers now connected to our full-fibre network so it’s fitting that we offer islanders a taste of what is now possible thanks to our network. Team Gravity is providing that, giving an exciting addition to what already promises to be an entertaining weekend of sport, music and fun for the whole family.

“The newly created JT Fan Zone this year, will further ensure the weekend has something for everyone, with plenty to see and do between the sporting action. It’s a great initiative for the island and will help bring islanders, atheletes and the latest technology together in one place.”

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Issued by Julien Morel at Direct Input. Telephone 01534 735253 or email julien@directinput.je for more information.

To find out more about what’s happening in the JT Fan Zone, visit our jtglobal.com/superleague.

About Super League Triathlon
Super League Triathlon (SLT) is the pinnacle of the sport on the world’s stage, delivering game-changing formats – mixing up long and short course athletes – in a series of fast-paced events with unpredictable outcomes that culminate in the crowning of the best and most versatile male and female triathletes in the world.

Over the course of the season, the top 50 (25 male and 25 female) triathletes from around the world battle it out for the crown to become the best all-round triathlete. There are three means by which these 50 top athletes qualify for the Championship Series, equally split between male and female competitors: automatic qualification from the previous SLT season (20 places), wildcard qualification (10 places at one given time), and ‘Golden Ticket’ success at the SLT Qualifiers in Poznan and Penticton (20 places). Pros from all over the world can race to be in with a chance to qualify for the main Championship events.

The league travels to some of the world’s most spectacular racing destinations throughout the season. Poznan (29 June-01 July) (Q)*, Penticton (17-19 August) (Q), Jersey (29-30 September) (C)**, Malta (27-28 October) (C), Mallorca (3-4 November) (C), Singapore (23-24 February 2019) (C) and Australia (23-24 March 2019) (C).

With highly addictive content, sports fans across the globe will have unprecedented access to the races as well as behind the scenes content and memorable fan experiences. Whether watching from home or at one of the awe-inspiring SLT locations, the rivalries and battles for the top spots will leave fans thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Super League Triathlon races are focused on attracting a new generation of audiences with the aim of fostering and inspiring future champions and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the wider community.

To find out more about Super League Triathlon, visit superleaguetriathlon.com.

*Qualifier event
**Championship event

Tim McGuinness is the founder and CEO of Virtex Studios, a local start-up specialising in virtual and augmented reality services. Currently based at 18-20 Dumaresq Street, the company is focused on utilising these new technologies to encourage growth and development across many sectors.

“Opening your eyes, challenging your mind, and making the impossible, reality.”
– Virtex Studios

Click here for more information about Team Gravity and here for more information about Virtex Studios.