Donegal school becomes first Irish winner of international TCS’ monthly technology challenge
Rosses Community School in Dungloe, in Co. Donegal has become the first ever Irish winner of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) flagship STEM education program: go Innovate Together (goIT).
The team of five transition year students from Rosses Community School competed against schools across Ireland and UK to win the monthly challenge to promote social inclusion through digital innovation.
The winning project from the team at Rosses Community School saw them develop their app, Coffair, designed to help reduce the exploitation of coffee farmers that are faced with language barriers when trying to negotiate fair prices for their goods. Their innovative app would enable coffee farmers to connect with buyers in a global market to enable more transparency in the supply chain.
Brian Kelly, TCS CSR manager, said: “This monthly challenge is a recurring opportunity for classrooms to directly engage in the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the goIT digital innovation. It is also an excellent opportunity for students all over Ireland to express their innovative ideas and gain valuable experience in presenting their ideas.”
The winning students – Dylan Doherty, Cianán Mc Daid, Louie Mort, Eoghan O’Hagan and Darragh Davidson – spent the morning in the TCS boardroom discussing their app idea with leadership at TCS’ global delivery centre in Letterkenny, where it provides employs 1,000 staff.
GoIT has benefited more than 130,000 students worldwide since 2009. The international goIT monthly challenge has led to the design of more than 26,000 tech-for-good digital innovation prototypes by young innovators.