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Girls Hack Ireland 2017 @ DCU

Girls Hack Ireland 2017The most recent Girls Hack Ireland event was held at the All Hallows campus of DCU on Saturday March 11th. Over 50 girls (aged 13 to 17) were introduced to web design and writing HTML/CSS. The day included a panel interview of women in STEM careers and was supported by a number of students and staff from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing as well as volunteers from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and other industry partners who provided technical support and encouragement to the teams.

The girls came together in teams to create a comic based on a fairy tale or story and impressed the judges (including the School of Computing's Dr Monica Ward) with their ability and creativity. Winners of the judges prize took on the tale of Snow White with seven hackers working to retrieve Snow White's Instagram account from the Evil Queen. The audience prize went to a team who had a topical view of Red Riding Hood meeting Donald Trump in Phoenix Park.

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School of Computing's Prof. Alan Smeaton named as fellow of the IEEE

Prof. Alan SmeatonDCU’s Professor Alan Smeaton has been awarded the highest possible honour by the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity for his outstanding contributions to multimedia indexing and retrieval.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has awarded Professor Smeaton a fellowship, the highest grade of membership which is conferred upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishment in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Professor Smeaton is Professor of Computing at Dublin City University and one of the founding Directors of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. He joins only fourteen IEEE Fellows in Ireland to date.

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