ITB Year 4 Business Students win Digital Marketing Pitch of the Year 2018

Congratulations to Year 4 General Business students Sean O’Grady, Amber Malik and Adedolapo (Dee) Hamid who received an award for Digital Marketing Pitch of the Year 2018.

As part of their studies, they completed a digital marketing pitch as part of their final year marketing module ‘Digital and Contemporary Marketing Practice’ on the Bachelor of Business (Honours) programme.

The aim of the module is to replicate the real- life marketing environment where the students created their own marketing agency and devised a strategic and creative response to a brief. This year there were ten ‘agencies’ competing for the coveted award.

Marketing lecturer, Anne-Marie Nolan said, “The School of Business has been utilising this innovative style of learning and assessment for a number of years drawing on my own experience of working in a senior account management role for a number of full-service marketing agencies.”

Previous students have progressed into Marketing and Digital Marketing roles in both brand organisations and marketing agencies. While others have undertaken level 9 Masters programmes in Marketing and Digital Marketing.

For more information regarding this course, please see the course page on the ITB website here: http://www.itb.ie/StudyatITB/bn101.html

Liberty IT hosts ‘Recursion” – ITB Computing end of year show

The Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) was delighted to showcase their fourth year students in Informatics end of year project exhibition on Thursday May 17th at Liberty IT’s facility in Blanchardstown.

Showcasing the best of innovations in computing, the exhibition featured student’s work from final year projects on the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing and also three groups from the year three group projects. Visitors to the exhibition witnessed a wide range of engaging, creative projects featuring mobile application development, java development, text processing, computer vision and games development and computational intelligence. The top three, year-four projects were voted for by Liberty IT staff and the final order was be decided by a panel of judges. Prizes included Amazon Echo Dot, Raspberry Pi Starter Kits and vouchers.

From the courses’ inauguration in 1999, ITB’s computing programme has attracted an impressive cohort of creative, dynamic and talented students who are passionate about technology: Students who have a serious competence in computing and have developed the skills to allow them to contribute to today’s interconnected world.

The Head of School of Informatics and Engineering at ITB, Dr Anthony Keane said of the exhibition, “Congratulations to the class of 2018 on successfully reaching the end of their college degree and presenting us with their final year projects. As the daily life of lectures, labs, assessments, deadlines, exams, results, happiness, disappointment, fears, triumphs, classmates, discussions ends, so starts a new set of challenges and new experiences as they begin their careers in society.”

“Education has long been recognised as the differentiator between poverty and wealth opportunity and especially in today’s World of technology, where people having a degree in Computing is highly valued by employers. Information Technology is the backbone of the World from big corporate enterprises to personal individual behaviours”, he continued. Daniel McSweeney, Head of Department of Informatics and Engineering said, “Creativity, caring and empathy are not often the first words that spring to mind when we think of Computing. The public’s perception of computing is often framed by the stereotypical masculine image of a cold computer scientist pouring over algorithms and data sets. And yet, when I survey this group of projects, I am taken aback by the level of creativity involved in the design and development of each. They feature many of the core elements of a scientific approach to computing, but surrounding those elements is a project which aims to meet a real human need, be it the need to monitor driver behaviour, a learning application, a tool for visualising data sets, an application for carers, a guide to creative Fingal, or a companion for senior citizens. These students have adopted an ethos of technology for the benefit of others, a tool to enrich the lives of our citizens, families and friends. It’s a noble quality that is often neglected in the discourse surrounding the computing discipline and I’m delighted to see it to the forefront of many projects this year. Its presence is no fluke! Our academic staff have shaped an educational experience of care and inclusion, challenging our students to use their skills for the benefit of themselves and others. In their years in ITB, the students have been fortunate to work with a team of academics who care about their individual and collective development. The form and quality of the projects on display is also a credit to all of the hard work of the academic community in the department”.

Felim O’Donnell Director, Liberty IT explained that “having established a base in Blanchardstown just four years ago, it was important for Liberty IT to build a strong relationship with our local Higher Education Institute. Addressing the final year students, he went on to say “I would encourage all of you, no matter what road you end up travelling- whether you work for yourself, for a small company or even for a multinational to always seek out opportunities to learn. Computing as a discipline will continue to evolve making it challenging and fun to keep up with the latest technological advances”.

Recursion is the brainchild of Stephen Sheridan, Course Coordinator for the final year of the BSc (Hons) in Computing at ITB.

According to Stephen, “the final year project is an integral part of ITB’s undergraduate computing programme and gives students the opportunity to demonstrate all of the computing knowledge and skills they have acquired in their four years of study at ITB. In particular, the project gives students the chance to work on a long-term project from its initial conception right through to a final demonstration of a working system. Having the experience of a full software development life cycle is a critical skill for our computing graduates and our collaboration with Liberty IT gives students the chance to get valuable feedback and insight from industry professionals as well as experiencing a real-world software development working environment. It is always a pleasure to coordinate and supervise year four projects and the year four supervision team and myself would like to wish all our computing graduates the best of luck in their future careers and as it states in the 2018 Project Brochure “Keep in touch!”

ITB hosts ‘Kaleidoscope’ – Creative Digital Media End of year Showcase 2018

‘Kaleidoscope’, the annual showcase for ITB Creative Digital Media students took place on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2018. The exhibition gave visitors the opportunity to witness the very best in emerging digital talent and showcased a diverse range of creatively crafted interactive design and motion projects.

A number of awards celebrating student achievement were presented on the night:

  • Stephen Kennedy of Year 4 won Best Project for his film Dublin “In Focus“.
  • Student Of The Year was awarded to Emmet McDonnell and Ashling Smith was the recipient of the inaugural Draiocht Creative Digital Media Graduate Award.
  • For Year 3, Conor Diggin was commended for his documentary film “Six Portraits” about the Daughters Of Charity Programme.
  • Eric Harford, Shane Egan and Daniel Sharkey of Year 2 won Best Group Project for their excellent work “The Stranger Dance“.
  • In Year 1 a team of students (Siobhan Lee, Ellen Clarke, James Reynolds; Krzysztof Lancucki, Stephanie Sercken, Darragh Cummins and Christopher Carney) were commended for their involvement in the Ahead Debate, hosted by Dell in their maker space, which was a collaborative activity involving all of the CDM Year 1 students.

Course Coordinator, Hugh McCabe, said “The Kaleidoscope show is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work of our students on the Creative Digital Media programme. On show will be a range of projects in areas such as Interactive Storytelling, Short Film, Visual Effects, Digital Design, Installation and Gaming. It’s a great chance for potential employers to meet with the best of emerging digital talent and also a great chance for the general public to enjoy the creativity and innovation of a new generation of digital natives”.

Further details on the projects can be found in the slides below and at http://www.creativedigitalmedia.ie/

Adam Kelly wins SciFest@ITB 2018

Adam Kelly SciFest@2018 Winner

13 Post-primary school students from schools all over Dublin, Meath and Kildare took science to the next level with over 80 projects at SciFest@ITB 2018

Of the over 80 projects exhibited at SciFest@ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown) 2018, the top prize on the day went to Adam Kelly from Skerries Community College for his project, An Open Source Solution to GPU Accelarated Quantum Computer Simulation.

As one of the 16 regional venues hosting a SciFest STEM fair, SciFest@ITB saw more than 180 students from schools all over the region exhibit almost 80 projects at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and put their knowledge of science to the test.

SciFest@ITB co-ordinator Aideen Hodgins said: “We are delighted to host SciFest for our 10th Year. It is a fantastic annual event and a wonderful opportunity for students and encourages them to develop an interest in STEM. The joy of seeing students showcasing their work and communicating their ideas to others is immensely encouraging and motivational for everyone involved.”

SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific.

Commenting on the SciFest@ITB 2018 regional STEM fair Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said: “2017 was the tenth anniversary for SciFest and a hugely successful year with another big increase in the number of students taking part. In total 10,000 students exhibited their projects in local and regional STEM fairs across the country. We are sure that 2018 will be another successful year. SciFest gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their interest in STEM and inquiry-based approaches to learning, while developing their creative and problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team.”

SciFest 2018 will be the fourth year of the prestigious Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science fairs; the overall winner of this award will go on to compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award  at the national final in November.

ITB Creative Digital Media Graduate wins Best Short Film at the National Student Media Awards 2018

ITB Creative Digital Media graduate Laura Byrne, took home the award for Best Short Film at the National Student Media Awards held at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday April 19th 2018.

Laura’s film, ‘Skin Deep’, was completed for her final year project and is an accomplished and moving piece about the stories behind people’s tattoos.

Check out Laura’s award winning short film ‘Skin Deep’ here.

Well done also to ITB Creative Digital Media graduate, Valerie O’Riordan who held her own among tough competition as a nominee in the category for Radio Production Of The Year.

 

ITB Student Gains Senior Cap for Leinster Rugby

ITB Sports Management and Coaching student, Aimee Clarke has certainly had a phenomenal year on the rugby pitch. The 19 year old from Donnycarney Dublin 5 has just been presented her first senior cap for Leinster Rugby.

A relative new comer to the rugby field, Aimee initially started out playing Gaelic football with the Dublin U17 squad and eventually progressed on to playing rugby, when she joined up with the U18s in Suttonians RFC. After only her second game for the club she had a trial for the Leinster U18s 7s team from which she was selected. Since then, Aimee has played 7s rugby for Ireland U18s, winning a UK School Games 7s tournament and has competed with the Leinster U18 Girls in the Interprovincial Series. It wasn’t long until Aimee made her All-Ireland League debut with Railway Union RFC, with consistent strong performances ultimately leading to this senior cap for Leinster.

Aimee is currently in the first year of her Sports Management and Coaching degree at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and recently received a sports scholarship at ITB to recognise outstanding sporting ability. This young star is definitely one to watch.

 

Photo Credit: Sportsfile.com – Brendan Moran

ITB Student wins Best Fresher at the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards 2018

Congratulations to ITB student Noah Halpin, who won the ‘Best Fresher’ category at the 2018 Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) Awards. Congratulations also to the ITB Colours Society which came second in the Best Society (Cultural/Academic/Social) category.The awards took place on Friday 13th of April in The Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Cork.

The annual BICS awards provide an opportunity for students and their societies to showcase their many achievements. Higher education is more than exams, coursework and lectures, and students who are involved in running college societies know this. The purpose of the National Awards is to therefore recognise the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland. The National Awards are a means of recognising this dedication and are an opportunity to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.

ITB has had some success at BICS in the past, winning National Best New Society in 2011. Well done to all.

REACH Access Programme – Applications closing April 20th

Applications will close for our REACH Access Programme on Friday April 20th.

The REACH programme is an admissions scheme which offers places on ITB’s courses on reduced points, to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

ITB has a reserved a number of places on its courses for REACH students at reduced leaving certificate points. This means that if eligible you will be considered for entry on a reduced points basis provided that your points achieved are within 90% of the points required for the ITB course you have listed on your CAO form (i.e. you are eligible to be offered a place where your points awarded fall short by less than 10% of the points required up to a maximum of 30 points) and subject to places being available.

The places are spread across all our courses and consequently a student may not be offered their first course choice, but might be offered a subsequent choice. The order of preference on the CAO application form should at all times reflect your genuine preference choice. Applicants must also meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for one of the reduced points places.

For full details, please visit: http://www.itb.ie/StudyatITB/accessoffice.html#REACH

ITB Open Evening April 17th, 5pm to 7pm

Our next Open Evening takes place on April 17th from 5pm to 7pm. If you are interested in applying for a fulltime or a part time course in 2018, this event is highly recommended. Staff and students from all disciplines will be present at the event and will be happy to answer questions about studying at ITB. All are welcome and there is no need to pre-book; just call in. The event will take place in the Sports Hall; this is located in C Block (“Croi”). We look forward to meeting prospective students and parents on the evening. In the meantime, we invite you to watch this video which explains what our Open Days are all about:

 

New bus service serving Naas and Blanchardstown announced

A brand-new bus route, the 139 will begin operation on Monday 12 March 2018, running between Naas and Blanchardstown and connecting ITB, Ongar, Leixlip, Maynooth, Rathcoffey, Clane, Sallins and Naas, including Naas Hospital.

There will be nine services each way, seven days a week, with first departures at 07.15 and last departures at 22.35.
The 139 is a National Transport Authority (NTA) initiative and will be run by JJ Kavanagh & Sons.

Full details of schedules and fares can be found at:

https://www.transportforireland.ie/route-139-bus-service-connecting-naas-blanchardstown/

Naas to Blanchardstown Bus Service