• Paul Fingleton

Students at NCI showcase their projects to Tech and Industry leaders

The National College of Ireland (NCI) annual tech student project showcase has become a big draw for employers looking for the best of Irish tech talent.

Over 120 computing students showcased their final year work at the National College of Ireland (NCI) to employers including Amazon, AOL, IBM, Irish Life Financial Services, J.P. Morgan, KBC Bank Ireland, McCann FitzGerald, Primark, SAP, Version 1, Viatel Ireland Ltd and Ward Solutions.

Noting that there is a big shortage of graduates with skills areas such as cybersecurity, software development and data analytics. For employers the showcase is a rare opportunity to see the graduates’ skills in action

This year’s projects included a theft prevention and recovery system for bicycles, a web application to streamline treatment for leukaemia patients, virtual reality games and a fitness app that uses gaming techniques to encourage exercise .


"Demand for qualified graduates just keeps rising. 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.”

- Caroline Kennedy, Careers Officer for NCI


Project included innovative solutions like John Noone’s GPS Encipher, for example, is a native security android application which allows users to create a customised encryption key using a personal password and current GPS coordinates, that can only be unlocked by returning to the GPS location where the key was created.

Graham Kinsella designed a live damage monitoring system for vehicles that alerts the owner, takes photographs and uses geolocation technology. “It would be extremely useful for anyone with fleets who need to be able to track and monitor the impact of any vehicle impacts or to the insurance industry,“ Kinsella said.

Health was also a focus with apps for fitness and diabetes among the exhibits. Veronica Ancuta created a 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. Ian Arbuckle created FitNow, a fitness app that uses gaming techniques to keep exercisers engaged.

Every cyclist could do with Bike Pro, a theft prevention and theft recovery system for bicycles. It's a mobile app which communicates with remote sensors to track unauthorized movements of a user’s bike. According to its creator Ronan Browne, 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.

The world of social media recruitment was the domain of Graham Murray’s final year project which enables recruitment consultants to visually analyse their LinkedIn social network graphs. Murray said, “It allows them to see and understand how people in their networks are connected when sourcing candidates which can give them a real edge in the war for talent”