Employers snap up app-developing students

Industry-ready computer and software students have never been more employable, say the organisers of a skills showcase at National College of Ireland.

Pramod Pathak, dean of NCI’s school of computing, said: “The computing industry in Ireland is facing significant demand for specific ICT skills and today’s event highlights that our graduating class are more than equipped to provide the technical talent employers need. The quality and diversity of the projects on display represent not only commercial potential, but also the best calling card for our students.”

Microsoft, Oracle, CR2, the Web Summit, Citigroup and others will attend today’s showcase from 11am to 1pm at NCI’s Dublin campus.

Final-year computing students will outline projects ranging from a real-time virtual fitness trainer to cloud- based payroll and banking applications, and a mobile app that will make life easier for craft beer drinkers to order in their favourite pubs.

Patrick Byrne is in the final year of NCI’s BSc in Computing at NCI. His project, a mobile app called Gigidy, uses GPS technology to provide a list of music events all over the world, and gives people details of suitable places to meet nearby.

Newly recruited by a Dublin software engineering firm, Patrick said: “I decided to build a mobile app that allows people around to come together and create social gatherings using the medium of live music.”

Also attracting employer interest is Redline, a mobile app built by NCI student Krzysztof Sowa for motorsport enthusiasts. The app allows data to be shared via Twitter and Facebook. He plans to release the app in the next three months.

Student Ancuta Chiru has developed an educational tool to help people create a website with Adobe DreamWeaver. Ancuta developed the project as a training resource for small businesses.


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