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NUI Maynooth team chosen to compete in major student tech competition

The three computer science students, whose app provides info on buildings’ accessibility for those with mobility impairments, will compete in the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals in Seattle at the end of July.

The team behind Access Earth, Matthew McCann, KC Grant, and Jack Gallagher.
The team behind Access Earth, Matthew McCann, KC Grant, and Jack Gallagher.

THREE STUDENTS FROM NUI Maynooth will be competing in one of the world’s largest student technology competitions.

The team behind Access Earth, an app which provides information on buildings’ accessibility for those with mobility impairments, will be competing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals later at the end of July.

The team, which consists of three computer science students from the university, is one of 35 teams to be selected from a total of 170 finalists from 72 different countries to compete in the finals.

The team has been nominated for the ‘global citizenship’ category, which focuses on applications that benefit as many people as possible.

The app allows people to find out whether a building is wheelchair accessible or not. It provides information on its facilities such as ramps, and wheelchair accessible toilets alongside an overall building accessibility rating.

It relies on the public to provide information on buildings and shows where each relevant access point is.

This is the team’s second time competing in the competition, having finished runners-up in Ireland in 2013. This is the fourth time in eight years students from NUI Maynooth have been selected to compete in the event.

The World Finals will take place in Seattle from 28 July to 1 August.

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