ParkIT, a team from Sligo IT have been named as the national winners of Ireland's 2008 Imagine Cup competition.
Park IT won for their project, which aims to reduce urban congestion and carbon emissions by intelligently providing real-time information on available car parking in any given area. The application enables a driver to use a portable device to identify the parking spaces closest to their current location.
ParkIT will now compete with students and projects from around the world at the final in France this Summer.
Kieran Stafford, from the winning team said, “We’re delighted to have been chosen from amongst our peers to represent Ireland in such a prestigious competition. We look forward to representing Sligo IT, our fellow students and our country in France this summer and we are grateful to Microsoft for the opportunity.”
This year's Imagine Cup Gold sponsors are Enterprise Ireland and Riverdeep Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. Other sponsors include Lenovo, Imag!ne Telecommunications and Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.
Speaking at the finals, Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin said, “For students to thrive in a world enabled by information technology, they must be equipped with the skills to make sense of and use the technology that surrounds them. They need to know how to learn new skills as quickly as technology creates new challenges. The Imagine Cup inspires creativity and ingenuity in the use of technology. ParkIT have exhibited all these qualities and are worthy winners of the national stage of the competition. I understand the standard of entry was outstanding and I have every confidence that ParkIT will go forward and do Ireland proud in the global finals. I would also like to acknowledge Microsoft’s invaluable support of this exciting initiative.”