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Pictured: Competition judges Harry Goddard, partner, Deloitte (left) and Jason Ward, EMC Ireland country manager (right) with Philip Hayes, last year’s winner. Jason Clarke Photography
Deloitte has announced the launch of the 2013 Top Technology Talent Competition.
Now in its third year, the competition 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.
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.
"Deloitte's Top Technology Talent Competition is about finding the finest minds amongst the next generation of technology talent," said Harry Goddard, partner, technology consulting, Deloitte.
"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 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 guest judge Jason Ward, who is 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.
The closing date for entries is 15 March 2013. Group and individual submissions are possible.