DIT School of Computing students impress industry with their innovative ideas

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l-r Michael Meagher (Microsoft) Zachary Davidson, Han Bin and Niall Duffy, DIT School of Computing Students and winners of the Microsoft Award for innovation, Dr. Deirdre Lillis, Head of DIT’s School of Computing

12th April 2011

Over one hundred representatives of industry, with eyes firmly on the future, arrived in DIT Kevin Street today to check out the latest student innovators at DIT’s annual Computing Project Fair. A number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in DIT’s School of Computing used the opportunity to showcase the innovative technologies that they have developed for a range of sectors including health, transport, financial systems, music, tourism and business.

While students are encouraged to participate in the Project Fair, it is not a requirement for their degree. Indeed, the employment market for IT graduates is extremely buoyant at the moment. In spite of that, over sixty projects were exhibited and the students, ranging from undergraduates to PhD candidates, were anxious to showcase what they could do. Examples of projects on show included an augmented reality tour guide; video games and other technologies for the visually impaired; an electronic drum tutor; a method of email encryption; and apps that range from accessing guitar chords to patient health records to DART timetables.

According to Mark Deegan, lecturer in the School of Computing, “In DIT we are very focused on creating opportunities for students to interact with industry partners through a range of initiatives throughout their studies. This gives them confidence in applying their theoretical knowledge to real-life situations and also encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to participating in the Project Fair, the students have undertaken internship and work placements and have had exposure to guest lecturers from a wide range of industries.”

Deegan says the response from industry this year to the Project Fair is more enthusiastic than ever. “The employment market for IT graduates is extremely buoyant at the moment. We are delighted so many companies and organisations have shown such interest in the Fair this year and the event proved a really enriching experience for students to present their industry-relevant ideas to industry representatives who are genuinely alert to the possibilities for innovation through technology.”

An award for best student presentation on the day was made by Microsoft. Indeed, testament to the quality of the students’ innovative technologies is the fact that judges Michael Meagher from Microsoft and Dr. Deirdre Lellis, Head of School of Computing could not shortlist the winner down to one, and so awarded three students the top prize - Zachary Davidson, and Han Bin 4th Year DIT Computer Science and Niall Duffy, 3rd Year Computing.

To find out more see the Project Fair website.

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Michael Meagher from Microsoft lends an ear as Stephen Hanrahan, 4th year Computer Science student at DIT shows off his innovative project – an electronic Cello Instructor.

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Three 1st year DIT Clinical Measurement students check out David Levins, 4th year DIT Computer Science student’s innovative project – a system for clothes recognition for the visually impaired

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Song Qiao, 4th year Computing student at DIT pictured at this years computing project fair in Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street.

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