Ireland’s smartest young programmers win a trip to compete at the Olympics of Programming

ioicamp2After several selection rounds of the All-Ireland Programming Olympiad (http://aipo.computing.dcu.ie/) four young men from around Ireland are off to pit their wits against the best in the world in a very 21st century competition, the International Olympiad in Informatics (http://www.ioi2014.org/). And the remarkable thing is all of them are still in secondary school!

Competing against over 300 students from 86 other countries in the beautiful and exotic city of Taipei in Taiwan, Team Ireland consists of:

  • Richard Tynan (19yrs) from Cistercian College, Roscrea
  • Áron Hoffman (17yrs) from Luttrellstown Community College, Dublin
  • Conor Griffin (18yrs) from Ardscoil Ris, Limerick
  • Daniel Mulcahy (17rs) from Gonzaga College, Dublin

Computing Student Wins Place on University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Masters Programme

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Dublin City University student Robert Lis has been awarded a place on the Engineering, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) programme at US University, Notre Dame, for the Academic Year 2014/15. The student will be supported by a fellowship from the Naughton Foundation which, every year, makes 4-5 awards to outstanding candidates from Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and University College Cork.

OPENET to support School of Computing

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Openet, one of the largest privately-owned software companies in Ireland, has agreed to provide essential funding to DCU to strengthen academic resources within the School of Computing.   

A significant number of Openet staff are DCU graduates, according to Joe Hogan, a proud graduate himself of DCU's BSc in Computer Applications (1989), “Openet has long recognised the calibre of graduates produced by DCU, particularly from the School of Computing, and more recently we have been working to strengthen the relationship links between Openet and the university.  We are keen for DCU students to view Openet as an employer of choice when they graduate.” 

Some Fantastic Projects Displayed at DCU’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing Final Year Expo

FYP-Expo2014-1This year saw the largest turnout ever of both final year students and employers  to  the Faculty of Engineering and Computing Expo. Over 175 projects were on display from the School of Computing, the School of Electronic Engineering and the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.  Employers were impressed with the range of technology on show and spent much time talking to students in detail about their projects.   Many of the companies visiting hired students on the day.  SAP Ireland was the main sponsor again this year and sponsors of prizes included Fidelity Investments, FINEOS, OPENET, Ericsson and IBM.

The winner of the most innovative project was ‘Safe Return’ created by Computer Applications student Martin Jeffers, chosen by OPENET.  Joe Hogan, CTO said “our criteria focused on novel projects that had real potential to be developed with the help of OPENET.  We were impressed on how Martin delivered two very polished mobile applications, with excellent user interface design and well engineered back-end architecture”.

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