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IT Carlow Student Creates Winning Idea for the Annual TATA ‘Dragon’s Den’ Competition

10/06/2016

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.

Jonathan Dempsey (Director of Education - 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 ”Smart review” was a web and app-based solution that allows parents to rate the safety of computer games for children. The winning project was undertaken by Steve Curry. Steve received a cash prize of €1,500 to assist him in bringing his idea to the 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 IT 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,Mr Gerry Moloney, Dr Keara Barrett and Mr Richard Butler 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 which is going from strength to strength each year”.

TCS was delighted to set the challenge for the students of the IT Management degree program this 2015/2016 academic year and looks forward to forging stronger ties with Institute of Technology Carlow in the future.

For further information, contact:  Muirghin Brophy,
Communications, IT Carlow. E: communications@itcarlow.ie