Tremendous excitement followed the announcement recently that two students on the popular Games Design and Development programme at LIT Thurles,
Ger Stone (3rd yr) and Joseph Bentley (4th yr), won the Irish finals of the prestigious Microsoft Imagine Cup.
The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a competition that challenges students to use their creativity and technical expertise to design technical solutions for practical problems in the world around us.
This is a wonderful achievement for Ger and Joseph who now go forward to the world semi-finals of the competition.
This is a competition with strong practical applications as Microsoft Ireland provides mentoring to students to enable them to turn their ideas into viable start-up businesses.
In today’s competitive marketplace employers continue to emphasize the dearth of highly- skilled and adequately-trained young people available to meet the demands of industry.
This competition goes some way towards bridging this gap.
Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland said, “The job market today is changing rapidly. Worldwide we see a generation of young people having a hard time gaining employment.
In the technical field there is a skills gap between what students are learning and what the best jobs require.
But Imagine Cup helps students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, gaining experience in problem-solving, project management, communications and teamwork.”
We wish Ger and Joseph continued success in the future and best of luck in the World semi-finals due to be launched on 1st. May.