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IT Carlow welcomes big name game companies

Published 28/04/2015 | 15:19

L-R: Mark Murphy, Kevin Loughrey, Cillian Flood, Chris Sherlock and (behind) Mihass Konopelkom, final year students at Carlow IT and recent winners at Games fleadh (Photo: James Wynne)
L-R: Mark Murphy, Kevin Loughrey, Cillian Flood, Chris Sherlock and (behind) Mihass Konopelkom, final year students at Carlow IT and recent winners at Games fleadh (Photo: James Wynne)

Over 70 final year students will take part in IT Carlow's 'Showcase of Final Year Computing Projects', hoping to impress representatives from some of the world's top gaming and tech companies.

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Taking place on the the 29th of April, the showcase will present an extensive range of ideas and technologies in the areas of games, software engineering and IT Management. Among the companies in attendance will be representatives from Microsoft, IBM, Intel and EA Games.

Projects on show include games with titles such as Dark Neon; Crystal Capture; Poker! Runaway Intern; The Thief and Call of 2D: Single Plane Warfare. In the gaming realm, the showcase also features gamification tools for ambient assisted living and teaching sign language.

A number of apps will be presented by students, including an app for smart shopping and one to prevent obesity in dogs.

4th year Games student (Chen) Xiaoqian Xi (Chen) whose project title is ‘Evilless’, using technologies ‘Cocos2D-X engine, C++, Lua and Box2D’ will be part of the Industry Showcase of Final Year Computing Projects at IT Carlow on the 29th of April 2015. (Photo: James Wynne)
4th year Games student (Chen) Xiaoqian Xi (Chen) whose project title is ‘Evilless’, using technologies ‘Cocos2D-X engine, C++, Lua and Box2D’ will be part of the Industry Showcase of Final Year Computing Projects at IT Carlow on the 29th of April 2015. (Photo: James Wynne)

Carlow IT's GameCORE research centre will demonstrate a number of recently complete projects. The Secret to Life is a serious game to teach the concept of death to intellectually disable people. PiP is a gamification system to help people learn how to manage stress. Join In is an EU funded serious games project for elderly people, aimed at social connectedness and reducing physical and cognitive decline.

The tech sector's demand for talented graduates is well known at this point, with numerous efforts in place to encourage a greater uptake in tech courses in college. According to IT Carlow's programme directors, this demand rings true, with many final year computing students already in receipt of at least one job offer before graduation.

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