DIT student wins scholarship for his software innovation

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L to R - John Twomey, managing director, Robert Bordianu, winning student, Anthony Fee, software engineer.

A student who is studying Information Systems and Information Technology at DIT has been named overall winner in a software innovation competition.

Robert Bordianu will have his student fees paid for a year and will also participate in a paid internship with Emutex Ltd, the company who sponsored the competition which was launched throughout Ireland’s third level institutions in late 2012.

Robert is a mature student who holds a full-time job in construction while studying part-time at night at DIT. He won the competition by creating a pocket-sized file server using a cheap miniature computer.

Images, videos and other files were stored on the €50 device. He then developed iPhone and Android apps to access the files from wherever he was. The design notably included a high emphasis on security measures to protect the data on the device.

“Essentially this is like a Dropbox™ but gives the owner full responsibility of their information, thus guaranteeing privacy. Nothing is stored in the cloud and so security is in the hands of the user,” Robert explained.

Commenting on his success, Robert said: “Winning this competition has been the proudest moment of my life. Plenty of sleepless nights went into this project but in the end the hard work paid off. I'm honoured that the guys in Emutex appreciate the effort that I've put in.”

Prizes were also awarded to Sam Boles of DIT and Eoin Sheils-Ryan of DKIT, who finished second and third respectively in the competition.

Emutex Ltd, which is based in Limerick and is an embedded software solutions company, launched its Software Innovator of the Year Scholarship to encourage people to take an interest in engineering from a young age and to highlight what the company described as “a shortage of Computer Engineering and Science Graduates throughout Ireland.”

The company plans to continue the scholarship programme in 2014 and has said it would be good to see other indigenous companies offer similar initiatives to promote computer software engineering and science.

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