Lucky for some! Deloitte launches 2013 search of Ireland's Top Technology Talent

Third Top technology Talent Competition open to all college students

Competition seeks ideas on how technology can solve a business problem

Deloitte, the leading business advisory firm, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2013 Top Technology Talent Competition. The competition, now in its third 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 business plan to a judging panel of technology industry experts.

Pictured at the launch are (from l-r): Philip Hayes, last year’s winner and judges Jason Ward, EMC Ireland Country Manager and Harry Goddard, Partner, Deloitte

The winner of the 2013 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:

“Deloitte’s Top Technology Talent Competition is about finding the finest minds amongst the next generation of technology talent. As a significant employer of graduates, Deloitte recognises how critical talented technology graduates are to the future.  We are looking for practicable, workable and innovative 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 technology consulting business with every day.

“This competition showcases the excellence, originality and entrepreneurial spirit that exist within Ireland’s student body. We have been impressed with the quality of submissions in previous years and are excited to see what innovative ideas the 2013 competition will bring!”

The shortlisted entries will be invited to Deloitte’s Dublin offices in April to present their idea, ‘Dragons Den style’, to a panel of industry experts who will determine the overall winner. Along with members of the Deloitte Technology Consulting team, the judging panel will feature Jason Ward, EMC Ireland Country Manager, as a guest judge. Before the final presentation, the shortlisted students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their idea and guidance on their presentation from designated mentors from Deloitte, benefiting from practical advice from experienced technology consultants.

Philip Hayes, last year’s winner, had studied Business Studies in University of Limerick. Philip’s winning idea was entitled – a social networking website that explores aspects of user interaction both on a virtual and a physical level, thereby differing it from other social networks. The technology the site would utilise included Web 2.0 and cloud computing. In addition, geosocial networking is integral to the idea, in relation to organising user details such as locations and interests, alongside targeted advertising.

Philip commented: 

“I was thrilled to have won the Top Technology Talent Competition last year. The competition was an excellent opportunity for me – the feedback from the judges and from my mentor proved to be invaluable. I would definitely recommend the competition to any student who is considering submitting their unique ideas. Being announced as the winner was a moment I will remember for a long time.”

The closing date for entries is 15 March 2013. Group and individual submissions are possible. For full details please visit


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