The outstanding work of South East Technological University’ (SETU) computing and software development students was proudly displayed at the university’s annual Showcase 2024. Now in its thirteenth year, the event is proudly sponsored by Netwatch and was held at SETU’s campus in Carlow.

The key to the success of the showcase is the continued support of Netwatch, a world-leader in proactive video monitoring with offices based locally in Carlow. While the company has garnered global success since its Carlow-based beginnings some twenty years ago, it remains a strong supporter of the local area, evidenced in its continued support of SETU graduates.

Showcase 2024 was an opportunity for industry leaders and the wider SETU community to experience the projects of final-year students of cybercrime and IT security, games development, software engineering, IT management, interactive digital art and design, and data science. The projects demonstrate an extensive range of ideas and technologies employed by students in these disciplines.

Industry employers had the chance to meet some of the best IT talent available in the region, and nationally, just as students are about to embark on their professional lives. This was a powerful networking opportunity for employers and students alike, proudly facilitated by SETU’s Department of Computing who believes wholeheartedly in the calibre of its graduates.

Simon Walshe, Software Development Manager at Netwatch Group commented, “This is our fourth year to be involved in the Showcase and it has been as impressive as always. Each year it is so encouraging to see the standard of graduates SETU continues to produce. At Netwatch we are lucky to benefit directly from this, with many of the R&D team having come through the SETU computing streams. We see first-hand how the style of learning these graduates undergo benefits companies when the students move into the working world. We’d like to congratulate all the students involved and wish them the very best of luck in the future.”

Nigel Whyte, Head of Department of Computing at SETU  in Carlow said, “I am immensely proud of our students across subject disciplines who have showcased their enormous talent here today. The skills, talent, and know-how of SETU graduates are consistently in high demand among employers, with a reputation for being highly collaborative and industry-ready after their time at the University. Huge thanks to our loyal sponsors, Netwatch, who have supported our students for many years. It is so encouraging, not only for our students, but for my academic colleagues and me, to have the support of a globally successful company. Our collaboration has enriched our course offering to students and is one that we look forward to continuing long into the future. Well done to all involved in today’s event.”

The showcase culminated in a presentation of awards from Netwatch to students whose project presentations excelled in the following categories:

Best in Games Development – Joseph O’Keefe

Best in Interactive Digital Art and Design – Mat Margielska

Best in Software Development – Shane Kennedy

Best in Cybercrime and IT Security – Peter O’Hare

Best in IT Management – Nao Endo.