DCU School of Computing @ CoderDojo's Coolest Projects 2016

DCU Stand @ Coolest ProjectsDCU School of Computing and AIPO were inpired by the range of techology and talent on show at CoderDojo's Coolest Projects Tech Expo in the RDS Saturday 18th.

Now in it's fifth year, Coolest Projects, which started in DCU by ex-CA graduate Noel King, has ballooned in a spectacular showcase of almost 700 projects comprising of robots, gadgets, games, blogs and websites designed by coders between the ages of seven and 17. The School of Computing had 4 academics judging at it, with Dr. Mark Roantree having a hectic day as overall Judging Co-ordinator.

Alex O'Connor from the School of Computing said "As a first-time judge the scale of the event was almost overwhelming. The category which I looked at included many technically impressive challenges, and the entrants were all bright, enthusiastic, and suitably proud of their hard work. I suspect many of them have bright futures in technology"

Unlocking the secrets of a technology driven world - New BSc in Data Science

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In an increasingly technology-driven world, we are inundated on a daily basis with data that, at first glance, appears too complex to decode.  Data analytics allows us to mine and harness these rich seams of information for insights that can improve our lives in a myriad of ways - helping businesses understand customer behaviour, improving healthcare at personal and global levels, feedback to enhance athlete performance, helping science and research unlock the secrets of our universe, detecting and preventing cyber attacks or fraud, and creating smarter cities and countries.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, which advises the Irish government on current and future skills needs of the country, reports that there could be an estimated 21,000 potential job openings in Big Data and Analytics skills by 2020. 

Set in the context of an international report from McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) which estimates that, by 2018 the United States will experience a shortage of 190,000 skilled data scientists, and 1.5 million managers and analysts capable of reaping actionable insights from the big data deluge - an estimated 40,000 exabytes of data being collected by 2020 - the implications of this shortage become apparent.

In response to this and, in keeping with its reputation for developing expertise in areas of major technological significance, Dublin City University has announced two new initiatives - the country’s first BSc in Data Science and the AIB Chair in Data Analytics.

DCU’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing Host their Biggest Final Year Projects Expo Ever!

EXPO2016-1The ICT sector in Ireland is thriving, with exports and employment in both indigenous and multinational firms continuing to grow.  It’s no surprise that DCU’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing hosted their biggest ever final year project Expo with over 207 projects on show from over 220 graduating students.

A combination of both Engineering and Computing disciplines, employers came to view the projects from 8am and the campus was still buzzing with atmosphere right through to lunchtime.  

Prof. Barry McMullin, Dean of the Faculty said  "It is clear from the number of employers present we have an exceptional group of talented students who continue to innovate and deliver futuristic ideas.  An endless mix of project types and various technologies is testament to the quality of students here in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing".

CPSSD Teams take top 2 spots at IrlCPC 2016

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Two School of Computing CPSSD teams took the top 2 places at this year's IrlCPC on Saturday 2nd April in UCC. 39 Teams took part in this algoritmic programming competition from 10 different 3rd level instituitions including a team from Oxford University England.

2nd year CPSSD students Darragh Griffin, Conor Griffin and Terry Bolt claimed 1st place with 36 points overall with 1st year CPSSD students Noah Donnelly, Cian Ruane and Stefan Kennedy taking 2nd place with 35 points. Amazingly the AIPO team of John Ryan, Teofil Camarsu and Eoin Davey scored the most points of any team with 38 but did not qualify for the prizes as they are not at university yet.

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