The war of the web designers

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Student trio deliver website for Children’s Group Link

Friday, 23 May 2014: After 24 hours of blood sweat and tears, locked in a room in Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus at Carriganore, one team has emerged victorious and was crowned winner of the Hackathon, an epic battle to design a website for the newly revealed mystery charity, Children’s Group Link.

Seven teams of three students from WIT entered the room in ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre at 4.00pm on Wednesday 21 May. Following a short briefing from Brendan Halligan from Children’s Group Link, the teams were left to their own devices to develop a website that met the needs of the charity. 24 hours later, the exhausted teams emerged with seven websites for the judging panel to consider.

Following presentations from all seven teams and long deliberations by the judging panel, the winning website was announced at the WIT Computing Student Project Fair on the main campus today. The winning site was developed by Bríd Mackey from Dunkitt in Kilkenny, Danny Pierce from Kilmore in Wexford and Gary Meehan from Wexford town, all students on the BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Applications. Each team member received an iPad sponsored by DoneDeal and the winning website, along with the other team’s sites, was showcased throughout the fair.

Speaking about the quality of the work, Brendan Halligan from Children’s Group Link said “We are very impressed with the standard of work and experience of all the teams who participated in the Hackathon. It was particularly impressive just how professional the finished websites were, given that they were designed in just 24 hours. We would like to thank WIT for the opportunity to be involved in such an innovative event, to Glen for coming up with the idea and most of all to the students for the inspiration way they approached the project and the inspirational ideas they delivered.”

The Hackathon, run by WIT in conjunction with WITSU and sponsors, DoneDeal and FeedHenry, was the brainchild of 2nd year Applied Computing student, Glen Keane.

“The Hackathon, as I envisioned it, was to get employers in to see students’ skills, and to get the students to make something for the community that employers would like to be a part of.” explains Glen. “I wanted it to be a fun learning experience, something to get people in the field together and for them to make contacts and most importantly, make something usable.”

FeedHenry, a Waterford based company offering mobile platforms for enterprise, kept the students’ strength up with some much needed sustenance throughout the 24 hours.

Children’s Group Link hopes to launch their new site in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on http://www.childrensgrouplink.ie

For more information on computing courses at WIT, visit http://www.wit.ie/schools/science/department_of_computing_maths_physics/courses/

Pictured:  Bríd Mackey from Dunkitt in Kilkenny, Danny Pierce from Kilmore in Wexford and Gary Meehan from Wexford town, winners of WIT’s Hackathon with their winning web design for Children’s Group Link.


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