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AIB inspire DIT business students to develop innovative apps

Posted: 4 May, 2017

AIB delivered an app development course to forty business and marketing students in DIT Aungier Street, culminating in a demo day with 14 innovative apps presented.

AIB App Development Course

L-R front row: Niall Minto (DIT), John Jameson (Head of the School of Retail, DIT), Paul Sweeney (AIB), Daniel Cuadrado (1st place), Kyle Treacy (2nd place), Kate UÍ Ghallachóir (Head of the School of Marketing, DIT), Back row: Iker Zuniga Alonso (3rd place), Andy O’Sullivan (AIB), Brendan O’Neill (2nd place)

As part of the programme, students designed and developed an app, presenting their final product in a showcase on Wednesday 26 April, with the overall winners announced after much deliberation from the judges. Their creations covered everything from an app for the Chaplaincy service in DIT to an app to provide education about sight affecting diseases.

The course is in its second year and offers student a chance to gain valuable industry tech knowledge, learn a new skill and, in some cases, get a business idea off the ground. Two of last year’s winners have since founded startups — Kickabout and Appytoy.

The course director, Andy O'Sullivan of AIB commended the students: 'The commitment needed from all the students, to learn a skill completely new to them, while juggling existing college work and in some cases, actual work, was inspiring and commendable.' 

The programme is a partnership between DIT College of Business and AIB. 

Winners of the 2017 AIB/DIT App Development Course:

1st place – Daniel Cuadrado – On-Trip-Line – social network for backpackers/ travellers around the world

2nd place - Kyle Treacy and Brendan O’Neill- Leeg app – Management of sports leagues and scoring tables

3rd place – Iker Zuniga Alonso- Supermarket app- allows shoppers to scan items, offers product advice and payment facility.

You can read more about the app development programme here, and check out a blog post from course creator and director, Andy O'Sullivan of AIB here