Netwatch welcomed as sponsor as IT Carlow’s 10th annual computing showcase launches


12 cybercrime projects amongst the 60 ideas and technologies displayed.

Irish and international software and gaming employers are being invited to view from tomorrow the ideas and technologies of honours and masters’ level computing talent at Institute of Technology Carlow’s tenth annual Showcase of Final Year Computing Projects.

Now in its 10th year, Showcase normally draws a physical attendance by the top Irish and international tech companies interested in recruiting graduates and postgraduates from IT Carlow’s various degree courses in computer games development, software development, IT management, interactive digital art and design, and cybercrime and IT security. This year’s event is online with potential employers invited from 11am tomorrow to view an extensive range of ideas and technologies from 100 students via a dedicated site

Video monitoring solutions company Netwatch has come on board to sponsor this year’s milestone event in a move that has been warmly welcomed by organisers. 

“We are delighted to welcome Netwatch on board as a sponsor of our industry showcase event which highlights some of the best IT talent in the south-east”, commented Nigel Whyte, Head of Department of Computing, Institute of Technology Carlow.

Declan McGrane, CIO, Netwatch Group commented “Netwatch is privileged to be involved in this event with the department of computing of IT Carlow. Our R&D department benefits greatly from these courses, having had many interns and graduates on our team over the years, and we are proud that many are still with us. We work in a fast-paced environment, taking things from concept to production in a very short time. It should be daunting for a graduate, but the students of IT Carlow are always so well equipped for the real world -  it’s refreshing. We are looking forward to seeing the final projects and wish the very best of luck to the students in their future.”

Amongst the 66 projects on view are 12 on cybercrime, covering subjects such as vulnerability management tools, using QR codes as a means of cyber-attack, and the design of a cost of breach calculator. 

Research postgraduate projects are wide-ranging and include topics such as augmented learning in adults with intellectual disabilities, the effect of gamification on time management in tertiary education, and an investigation of dynamic temperature monitoring and control in modular data centres.

The Department of Computing has been a central and productive component at Institute of Technology Carlow for well over a quarter of a century. During this time, the department has developed and enhanced its reputation for producing industry-ready graduates for leading national and international companies. Work placements are part of all undergraduate ordinary and honours degree programmes, including Software Development, Information Technology Management, Interactive Digital Art and Design, Computer Games Development and Cybercrime and IT Security.

The department has strong collaborative relationships with key local, national and international ICT organizations ensuring that students acquire up-to-date skills. Demand by employers for graduates is very high, according to programme directors, with many of Institute of Technology Carlow’s final year computing students already in receipt of at least one job offer within the computer game industry and ICT sector. Alumni are working for global leaders, including: UNUM; IBM; Microsoft; Netwatch; SAP; Amazon; Apple; Intel; HP; AOL; SAGE; Aeria Games; Sony Entertainment; Google and Gamesparks.

Showcase opens today (Tue. 25th May) at 11am. To view the projects, visit