Beach clean JT and Super League Triathlon

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 action 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 worldwide 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 in 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.


NCW national coding week 2018

Inclusivity and innovation provide the key for Fifth National Coding Week (NCW)

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 a 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 


WCA global telecoms awards

Jersey’s pioneering full-fibre network shortlisted at world’s top telecoms awards

Jersey’s ground-breaking fibre-optic network, which means that Islanders now enjoy some of the fastest internet speeds in the world, has been shortlisted in two categories at the global telecoms awards.

The World Communications Awards, which will be held in London at the end of October recognise innovation and excellence in global telecoms. The Island is shortlisted in two categories – Best Network Transformation Initiative and Broadband Pioneer Award. Both submissions focus on the recently completed ‘Gigabit Jersey’ project, which has seen every broadband customer in the Island connected to a full-fibre network, meaning Jersey has now become the first jurisdiction in the world to have every building with a broadband connection linked to this hyperfast and resilient network.

The completion of the project has already put Jersey on the telecommunications world map. Earlier this year, JT won the Fibre Connectivity Award at the prestigious Connected Britain Awards and the project will also be featured in the Technology Review paper within this year’s Parliamentary Review, an annual publication produced by the Houses of Parliament.

Graeme Millar, JT’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “To be shortlisted at our industry’s ‘Oscars’ is, in itself, a great honour and achievement and helps further raise our Island’s reputation globally. What we have achieved is down to the support of everyone on Jersey, the States of Jersey and the incredible work of the JT team and I would like to thank everyone for their support, energy, and commitment. To have companies and jurisdictions much larger than JT and bigger than Jersey now look to us to know how to achieve such an ambitious project is something we can all take great pride in

Iain Laird, Field Engineer Manager at JT said: “This shortlisting means so much to me and my colleagues.  Having been in our customers’ homes throughout this process, talking to them and connecting them, we see every day what a difference technology makes to people’s lives and how fibre really is enabling people to connect in whatever way they want, now and in the future.”

You can also find the shortlist on the WCA website, here: