Around 2,000 students and interested members of the public have been checking out the local tech industry at the WIT Arena today.
Over 50 companies who are working together as Crystal Valley Tech are showcasing what they do and what they have to offer.
Some of the exhibitors include Bluefin Payment Systems, Sun Life Financial, Routematch, Red Hat, TSSG, Nearform and many more.
Dr Padraig Kirwan, Head of the Department of Computing & Mathematics at Waterford Institute of Technology said the future is bright for ICT in the South East: “Computing is thriving in the South East judging by the number and diversity of ICT companies here today. Even more encouraging is the number of second level students who attended from Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary and Wexford and how interested they are about the career opportunities in this exciting industry.”
Elaine Fennelly, Bluefin Payment Systems General Manager and co-founder of Crystal Valley Tech said: “People who work in the industry already know that Tech is well established in the South East and the number of opportunities and companies continues to grow and grow. According to a recent Tech Ireland report there are over 60 indigenous and multinational companies employing well over 1,500 people from their bases in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow.
Speaking at the event, WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said, “ The quality of our teaching programmes coupled with industry partnership ensures that our graduates are the most sought after by the industry nationally and internationally and students choosing to study in computing in WIT are guaranteed access to continuing the career in the region.”