Winning ideas from the IT Carlow TATA ‘Dragon’s Den’ Competition


Leading global Information Technology consultancy, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), teamed up again this year the Computing and Networking Department of Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) with its TCS Challenge, a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition where students’ final year projects compete for a €1,500 cash prize (funded by TCS).  The aim is to produce a business plan for a commercially sound, innovative Information Technology service or product, which addresses an ethical concern in today's society.

Martin Byrne (Business Development Manager - TCS) and Christine Carty (HRM - TCS) formed the judging panel at the Institute of Technology Carlow.

A number of groups with the most suitable project submissions underwent a gruelling Q&A session. The winning project entitled ”Comhrá” was a computerised chat-based system that could be used by organisations such as Samaritans, Aware etc. The main goal of the project was to design a system that could possibly tackle the issue of silent calls and be available on a 24/7 basis. The winning project was undertaken by Ronan Farrell and Neil Cashin. They received a cash prize of €1,500 to assist them in bringing their project to market. During their presentations the shortlisted entrants were given invaluable feedback from the judging panel.

Dr Enda Dunican, IT Carlow said “As programme director of the BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems Management, I am delighted to see that TCS consider the work we are doing here as worthy of ongoing sponsorship.  It enables our students to get feedback on their projects from one of the leading IT consultancy companies in the world. I wish to thank my colleagues in the Computing and Networking Department, Dr Greg Doyle and Mr Gerry Moloney for all of their hard work in supervising these projects and getting them to this stage. I would also like to thank our Head of Department Mr Nigel Whyte for his continued support of the initiative. We very much look forward to ongoing collaboration with TCS and it is going from strength to strength”.

TCS was delighted to set the challenge for the students of the Computer Systems Management degree program this 2013/2014 academic year and looks forward to forging stronger ties with Institute of Technology Carlow in the future.

Image Detail: (Centre) Winning Students Ronan Farrell (Hacketstown, Carlow) and Neil Cashin (Carlow), with Christine Carty and Martin Byrne, competition sponsors, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).



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