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TECHSTARS Competition 2018

TECHSTARS 2018 COMPETITION

Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s School of Applied Computing recently participated in the TECHSTARS Competition and presented their enterprising and innovative ideas to a panel of expert judges (below) at Swansea’s Tech Hub.

TECHSTARS 2018 Competition was organised by UWTSD Senior Lecturer James Williams who teaches the School’s Enterprise and Innovation module. The Competition enables students within the School of Applied Computing to form inter-disciplinary teams and pitch their ideas to a panel of experts from industry. Teams consist of students from multiple programmes including Applied Computing, Business Technology, Web Development, Computer Networks and Software Engineering. The panel of experts included: Ann Swift (Enterprise Manager for the Welsh Government), Professor Ian Wells (Head of the School of Applied Computing) and industry representative Lee Woodman from Visit Digital.

The Winning Team H.E.L.P. (below) consisted of students Paul Lawrence, George Searle, Henry Cobbold and Ross Van Den.

Halo Emergency Logistical Provisions (H.E.L.P.) created a product titled HALO v1 an emergency mobile networking product for governments and aid agencies around the world, is designed to provide a communications system in areas where traditional methods of communications i.e. Cell coms, Wi-Max coms etc. are no longer available due to the damage of communications towers. It is to be utilized in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster provides a High speed Local Area Network (LAN) and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) communications i.e. voice, video and data between rescue workers, medical professionals etc. on the ground to coordinate humanitarian aid/rescue efforts. And a High speed Wide Area Network (WAN) satellite communications i.e. voice, video and data to a Command and Control (C&C) center located in the UK that contains professionally trained logistical coordination staff who will liaise with governments and aid agencies near to the effected country/area to provide.

A special mention and recognition with regard to immediate commercial viability was given to Team ‘Top Ticket’ including team members Oliver Jordan, Lara Terzi and Lewis Ireson (below) for their product ‘Food Scout’. An App that provides comprehensive maps of a store, provides a product’s location and compares prices across stores using location based filters.

Professor Wells (below right) said: “The School strives to include the principles of Entrepreneurship in all that it teaches. This exciting event highlighted some of the very innovative ideas that our students can produce, many of which were commercially viable propositions.”

Fellow judge Anne Swift (above left) added: “It was my pleasure to attend Techstars. It is a great event giving students the opportunity to develop and practice their entrepreneurial skills within their course subject. All of the teams presented innovative business opportunities as well as some really viable products that could be taken forward into real businesses. I hope the event has opened up the students eyes to the possibility starting their own business one day as well as highlighting how they could use the skills to identify opportunities for future employers.”

TECHSTARS organizer James Williams said: “I arranged the event because I know there is great potential within every person and when people are given the opportunity to apply themselves in a supportive environment they discover that potential for themselves. In this case I arranged the event to allow 2nd Year Computing students studying the Enterprise & Innovation module to have the opportunity to pitch their innovative ideas and prototypes to a panel of expert judges from industry academia and the Welsh Government. The feedback they received was very valuable inspiring and rewards for the students. A fantastic learning experience for our students who are now better prepared for Graduation and Careers that will positively contribute and evolve our society with their Computing skills and enterprising growth mind-sets.”

Well done and Congratulations to all students who presented at the TECHSTARS Competition 2018.

Students receiving their Certificates of Achievement.

For more photos please click-here.

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Applied Computing Judges prestigious WorldSkills Competition

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Young people from across Wales descended on Swansea to take part in the all-Wales final to find the most talented students in the field of web design. Hosted by Gower College Swansea and Judged by Industry Experts from the School of Applied Computing, the WorldSkills Web Design Competition is part of a network of tournaments supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund to highlight the importance of developing strong Employment skills.

WorldSkills UK is the name for high quality skills competitions that are run annually throughout the UK. These competitions aim to encourage young people and adults across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to excel in their skill area. They raise participation, esteem and standards in vocational training.

Congratulations to all the finalists listed below who made it through the heats to the Web Design Final:

  • Mathew Bevan – Coleg Llandrillo
  • Craig Mosey – Coleg Sir Gar
  • Sarah Twigg – Coleg Llandrillo
  • Jack Lloyd Davies – Gower College Swansea
  • Jakub Pietrzyk – Gower College Swansea
  • Jake Rooney – Coleg Llandrillo

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Congratulations to the Winners:  Jack Lloyd Davies, 1st , Jakub Pietrzyk, 2nd and Matthew Bevan 3rd

For the winners, the Swansea EU and Welsh Government-backed event could set them on the way to compete in the WorldSkills UK final later this year and possibly the WorldSkills International event in Rio de Janeiro.

James Williams, Senior Lecturer from the School of Applied Computing who judged the event, said: “WorldSkills Competitions are fantastic events and create opportunities for Students to develop their skills and enhance their Employment prospects. Congratulations to Gower College for providing and hosting the event and to all the students who pro-actively engaged and took advantage of the opportunity. It was great  to see the students enthusiasm, they all performed really well, showcasing their skills in the creation of a fully-functional Multimedia Web Site. Congratulations to all the finalists and Good luck with your future Careers.” 

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