L-R: Professor Peter McHugh Dean of CoEI, Conor Flynn, Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology. Photo by Aengus McMahon
Nov 06 2017 Posted: 11:03 GMT

StudentGo – an app to support international and first year students - has been awarded Best Final Year project in the BA in Information Technology programme. The award is another success for creators Conor Flynn and Fiachra Coyne, as it comes hot on the heels of receiving backing from Blackstone Launchpad, the International office and the College of Engineering and Informatics.

As a result of the support they have received, StudentGo is now available to download on the google play and iPhone app store. 

StudentGo is an interactive guide to Galway to help incoming international and first year students settle in to their new home.  Built on the back of student experience, this app offers students the opportunity to reduce the settling in period in Galway so that they can make the most of their time here.

Conor and Fiachra were inspired to create the mobile app based on their personal experience as Erasmus students.  Both engaged in the year-abroad programme in 2015/2016 and faced numerous challenges accessing academic and social information. 

They discovered that finding information about timetables and academic requirements was difficult to locate and understand. This was also reflected outside of the university in terms of finding suitable accommodation and places to integrate with the local culture and language.

Conor and Fiachra believed that the Erasmus and international student population of Galway should have a focused support system, which is inclusive, regardless of college, age, nationality, or gender.  This support system should be built by individuals who have personal experience studying internationally, and provide a means of easily accessing information about their destination city.  

The information must be up-to-date and useful for this group of students before their arrival and during their stay.  The StudentGo app is also beneficial to first year students who are new to the city and university environment.  

The award winning project was supervised by Dr Attracta Brennan and presented to Conor Flynn by the Dean of Engineering and Informatics, Professor Peter McHugh.  Fiachra Coyne was not in attendance, as he is currently travelling. 

 

College of Engineering and Informatics

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