Deloitte launches fourth Top Technology Talent Competition

Press release

Open to all college students who have what it takes to use technology to solve a business problem.

Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2014 Top Technology Talent Competition. The competition, now in its fourth year, seeks innovative ideas from college students at all levels across Ireland on how technology can solve a business problem.  The students with the top submissions will be invited to present their idea to a judging panel of technology industry experts.

The winner of the 2014 Top Technology Talent Competition will be able to choose either a €1,000 prize or four weeks of paid work experience in Deloitte’s technology consulting practice. This will enable the winner to further develop their idea if they so choose, or to gain valuable technology and business experience with Deloitte, one of Ireland’s leading business advisory firms.

Harry Goddard, Partner, Technology Consulting, Deloitte said:

“We are looking for innovative, practical ideas that use any form of technology to solve a business problem, create a business opportunity or enhance an existing service offering. The competition reflects the kind of challenges that Deloitte’s clients present our practitioners with every day and demonstrates how vital it is to be constantly creating new ideas in today’s fast paced environment. We are excited to see what creative business ideas this year’s competition will bring!”

“This competition is all about encouraging innovation amongst the next generation of technology talent and is just one of the ways in which we look to do that. We are extremely committed to this goal - we have recently launched the dedicated Deloitte Consulting Academy which provides a tailored training and development pathway for graduates working in the technology area. It provides our graduates with access to customised technology training and accreditation from experienced practitioners within our business incorporating a wide range of technologies and related skills.”

The shortlisted entries will be invited to Deloitte’s Dublin offices in March to attend a ‘development day’ hosted in the Deloitte Academy. This unique opportunity will give successful candidates the opportunity to receive training and insights from an experienced panel. The areas covered will include start-up advice and presentation skills. The following week a shortlisted group will present their idea, ‘Dragons Den style’, to a panel of industry experts who will determine the overall winner.

Last year’s winners, Samuel Albanie, Pablo Porto Veloso and Florian Rhinow, had studied an MSc in Networks and Distributed Systems at Trinity College. Their winning idea was an app which lets people upload an event into their diary and provides an option to share the event details instantly with their friends’ calendars. Events are uploaded by capturing an image of the poster or banner advertising the event. ‘Snapit!’ creates a new and innovative platform for event promoters to access their target market. Premium placed event slots could be offered to promoters and event organisers to purchase. These slots would depend on the user’s location, thus targeting the most relevant audience. Close integration with social media platforms could also offer further segmentation of the advertising market.

Florian Rhinow commented:

“We were delighted to have won the Top Technology Talent Competition last year. The Deloitte mentors and judging panel were a huge help throughout the process. As a team we met regularly to brainstorm new ideas in the start-up industry so the competition was a perfect fit for us. I would recommend the competition to any student with a unique technology business idea, as the competition itself was an excellent experience and to win was an added bonus!”

The closing date for entries is 12 March 2014. Group and individual submissions are possible. For full details please visit


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