Project Fair: 'Talent Showcase for Ireland's Booming IT Sector'

 

{L-R} Dean and Director of the College of Sciences & Health, Prof. Michael Devereux, DIT President Prof. Brian Norton, Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D and Dr Deirdre Lillis, Head, School of Computing at DIT

 

Over 100 industry representatives from Ireland’s booming technology sector gathered in DIT Kevin Street last Thursday for the Institute’s School of Computing annual Project Fair.

The event, which featured a keynote address from the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D, showcased the very best technological developments produced by DIT students this year, including projects in Internet of Things, Data Analytics and Security Applications. For the seventh year running, Ocuco, the leading Software Solutions Provider in the Optical industry, was the primary sponsor for the event.

58 students from three Undergraduate Computer Science programmes showcased their work to compete for a number of industry-sponsored prizes in a room overflowing with captivated IT experts. Examples of projects on show included a predictive tool for players of Fantasy Football, a Maths Learning app for students with learning difficulties, and an app to help anxiety sufferers track their moods and symptoms to help build a picture of the daily stresses which could trigger their anxiety attacks.

Launching the award ceremony, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. congratulated all students participating in the Project Fair and said it was exciting to see the next generation of Ireland’s tech talent begin their careers. “The high calibre of work displayed by students of Computer Science in DIT today is remarkable, as is the range of projects they have developed. Having witnessed the ability and dedication of these undergraduates first-hand, I am confident that Ireland’s technology sector will continue to flourish in the hands of this accomplished group of students.”

Welcoming Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D to DIT Kevin Street, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton agreed that the standard of work on show was hugely impressive this year. “What particularly impressed me today was the interdisciplinary nature of many of the projects on display. Our Computer Science graduates certainly have the technical expertise required to succeed in the Technology sector, but they also leave DIT with the skills needed to work well in many other sectors.”  

Speaking at the event on Thursday, Dr Deirdre Lillis, Head, School of Computing explained how the holistic learning environment offered by DIT prepares graduates for a career in the ever-changing software sector. “This year’s graduate cohort will join a thriving, innovative sector and will help copper-fasten Ireland’s reputation as the Silicon Valley of Europe. What sets DIT apart is our links with industry, which complements our focus on practice-based learning, and our students are prepared for the working world through opportunities such as today’s Project Fair.”

Continuing Dr Lillis said, "We were delighted to welcome over 100 industry delegates to DIT Kevin Street today, and I would like to thank our sponsors, Ocuco, for their continuing support. We would also like to thank our award sponsors S.A.P, DIT Hothouse, Fidelity Investments, HubLinked, Bearing Point, Salesforce and Liberty IT for their kind support.”

This year’s overall prize winner Andrew Cosgrave Lyons won for his project AutoArcher – An investigation and implementation of automatic archery arrow scoring.  

Prize recipients at the Project Fair 2018 included the following:

 

Sponsor

Prize

Recipient(s)

Project Description

Ocuco

Overall Prize for Best Project 

Andrew Cosgrave Lyons

'AutoArcher' - An Investigation and Implementation of Automatic Archery Scoring.

S.A.P

Luan O’Carroll Innovation Award

Katie FitzGerald

'Anxiety Manager'  - A novel approach for tracking anxiety in an Android App

Fidelity Investments

Most Innovative Software Engineering

Vlad Zat

‘MongoStratus’  - MongoDB Manager and Database Service Provider

DIT Hothouse

Most Commercialisable Project

Padraig McCarthy

'Student Helper' - A Chatbot Assistant for Students

Salesforce

Most Original Project

Cillian McCabe

Travel Assistant' - Aims to improve on various 'realtime' and navigation Android Applications using machine learning and movement data

Bearing Point

Best Communicator

Amandeep Singh

'Mathemagic: Maths Learning App' - Application aims to help young children learn Arithmetic functions, especially those with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

LibertyIT

Best User Engagement

Dale O'Shea

'My Dives' - Andriod App for people within the Scuba Diving Industry

HUBLinked

CSI4

Jelo Salomon

Lung Cancer Detection using Deep Convulutional Networks

DIT Computing

Project With Most Socially Engaged Technology

Daire Grimes

Multi-factor Authentication System - making Computers more secure by adding multi-factor authentication within a Windows 10 Environment

 


DIT Computing 2018