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DIT students win AIB Hackathon competition

Posted: 27 November, 2017

DIT Hackathon team - Bus Busters – have won AIB’s fourth annual student Hackathon event, which saw more than 200 students from over 50 third-level institutions compete to win a grand prize of €2,000.

Bus Busters - Pawel Szydlowski & Aisling Lee

The winning team was comprised of final-year Computer & Communications Engineering student Aisling Lee and final-year Industrial Mathematics student Pawel Szydlowski. The theme of the event was “Smart Cities” under which Pawel and Aisling designed an app that would promote this concept using a range of innovative technologies.

Pawel found out about the competition on Facebook and found a willing teammate in Aisling after he posted an advert in a DIT Kevin Street student group. He says, “We started discussing what we could to win, and soon after we had a plan. We entered for fun, but we ended up winning.”

Although Pawel did have more experience than Aisling with the software initially, she really got a handle on it during the competition. “Pawel was a great help with getting me up to speed on various aspects of the project. So much so, that I am hoping to use as much of the learning outcomes and possibly repurpose some of our work to aid my research for my final-year project.”

After their amazing win, Pawel and Aisling eyes are firmly set on the future and they both feel winning the competition will stand to them in their careers. Pawel says, “It’s a very strong point on your CV, it means that you’re creative, you have the skills to make things and you work well under pressure. I want to go into the mobile development industry and all these skills will be important.”

Aisling is also delighted with the win and excited to finish college next year, “I want to get into research and development that incorporates both hardware and software solutions, most likely related to Internet of Things (IoT). I am taking a module in IoT next semester and I am very excited about that.”

You can read more about AIB's Hackathon competition on its website.