Glanmire Community College, winners of the CEIA app development competition, at the awards presentation in Cork last Thursday. Included are students Ana Cruceanu, Jennifer Johnson, Brian Long, Adam Dunne, Caolan Maher, Ruth Whelan and Jordan Flynn (missing is student Conor Crowley), with judges Brian English, Head of Software Development, Robiac Technologies; Michelle Donovan, Chief Operations Officer at Voxtake and Harry Moran, 17-year old tech entrepreneur. (Pic Darragh Kane)

Three schools from within The Avondhu catchment were amongst the winning entries in the CEIA’s App development programme, titled SySTEM. Teams of Transition Year students from schools across Cork presented their Apps to judges as part of the final.

Following careful deliberation, the CEIA (Cork’s technology network) last Thursday announced Glanmire Community College as overall winner for their app ‘Are You Codding Me?’ –  an educational reflex game that teaches the user about the dangers of overfishing in Ireland – with Ana Cruceanu, Jennifer Johnson, Brian Long, Adam Dunne, Caolan Maher, Ruth Whelan, Jordan Flynn and Conor Crowley on the team.

The game has 5 different fish species that resemble endangered fish in Ireland. If the user catches an endangered fish, they receive a negative score – but if they catch a common fish they receive a positive score.

In congratulating the winners, Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA said SySTEM is a new programme for us in the CEIA, ‘and we are absolutely thrilled with the standard of our finalists’.


Colaiste an Chraiobhin, Fermoy took home an award for best functionality for their App ‘SkyClimb’. Students Aisling Healy, Kate Kiely O’Riordan, Niamh Harris and Megan Tobin accepted the award. Their teacher is Kevin Carey.

While Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig na bhFear TY students, with their project ‘PebbleBash’, won best marketing plan. The successful team consisted of members Sean Murphy, Casey Doran, Dylan Roche, Shane Foley, Evan Downey, Daniel O’Mahony, Con O’Driscoll and Adam O’Connor. Meanwhile, students from St Brogan’s College, Bandon took home the award for best design for their App ‘Paddy’s Panic Run’.

The CEIA provided training workshops for participating teachers and students over the course of the programme on Programming, Design, project management and presentation skills, as well as individual team mentors from companies including Johnson Controls, CIX, Horner APG, Cork Training Centre, CIT Boston Scientific and Tyndall National Institute.