Monday, 22 May 2017

Ireland must grow its tech talent pipeline as employer demand for graduates is outstripping supply

National College of Ireland, home to one of Ireland’s largest computing schools experiencing unprecedented levels of employer interest in graduates

The Irish tech industry is on the up and employers’ demand for computing graduates is higher than ever according to a leading careers expert from one of Ireland’s largest computing schools. Caroline Kennedy, Careers Officer with the National College of Ireland(NCI) was speaking ahead of the NCI Computing Project Showcase which is being held on Wednesday the 24th of May.

“Demand for qualified graduates just keeps rising,” says Kennedy. “We have one of the largest computing schools in the country and employers tell us they are really impressed with the creativity and skills of the students. However, I think at this point, Ireland needs even more talent to be coming through the pipeline.”

Indeed, employers will be scouting the talent the NCI’s event where they will get to meet their next generation of app builders and cybersecurity experts and see their work in action

Cybersecurity is a hot topic at the moment and many students developed innovative solutions in this area. Other technologies such as internet of things, gaming and mobile application development will also be on show.

Some of the 120 projects on show include a theft prevention and recovery system for bicycles, a web application to streamline treatment for leukaemia patients, a fitness app that uses gaming technology to make exercise fun, virtual reality games and a system that can monitor the levels of moisture in your house plants.

Representatives from companies such as Ward Solutions, FlowForma, SAP, Sogeti, AOL, Optum, Version 1 and McCann Fitzgerald will all be in attendance.

“It bodes well for our graduates,” said Kennedy. “But all of the stakeholders in the Irish tech landscape need to be planning for the future, and that future includes ensuring that we are producing graduates with the necessary skills that will allow Ireland to realise its full potential.”

2017 Sample Projects 

For a list and details of all projects see the event booklet here.

Student: Ronan Browne

Project: Bike Pro - Theft prevention and theft recovery system for bicycles

Mobile application which interfaces with remote sensors to track unauthorized movements of a user’s bike. It allows a user to register their bike and record if it is stolen. This information is stored on a remote cloud database. It can also turn any user’s mobile device into a scanner for stolen bikes which have an embedded sensor.

Student: Veronica Ancuta

Project: E-Leukaemia Web Application

Secure web application used to streamline the process of leukaemia treatment by providing all information electronically. The application can be accessed by hospital staff and patients on demand in real-time. Unique security features include: user authorisation, multi-factor authentication, secure connections and access control which offer protection of data integrity, availability and confidentiality.

Name: Niamh Griffin

Project: eClip - Eclipse plugin

eClip is an Eclipse plugin that aids developers in implementing software more efficiently. The main functionality allows developers to save code snippet experiments in one place. Some security features in eClip are authentication of users, access controls to the code, encryption to the database and sharing of experiments once approved by the experiment owner.

Name: John Noone

Project: GPS Encipher

GPS Encipher is a native security android application which allows users to create a customised encryption key using a personal password and current GPS coordinates. The key will be used in a cryptographic algorithm to transform normal text into unreadable cipher text. In order to decrypt the text the user needs to return to the original encryption location.