A digital first for LIT students in Samsung competition

Digital first: Students Niall O'Hagan and Paul O'Brien who won an award for their submission, Modern Technology Through Time
LIMERICK Institute of Technology students have been awarded the top spot in a prestigious award for creative digital multimedia.

LIMERICK Institute of Technology students have been awarded the top spot in a prestigious award for creative digital multimedia.

In the Convention Centre in Dublin, students in the BSc in Multimedia Programming and Design at LIT claimed the first and second prizes in the national Samsung Digital Media Awards.

Of the 20 award categories, only one is available to student entry, and three of final five selected projects were submitted by LIT students.

First place in this category was awarded to LIT students Niall O’Hagan and Paul O’Brien, for their submission, Modern Technology Through Time. This interactive animation told a story about the role that mobile devices have in international relations and global development.

The animation was based on historical events that had an impact on the world, beginning with Christopher Columbus using the map on a Samsung tablet. The next scene is Michelangelo using the camera, who tweets it to Einstein, who is using the calculator on his smart phone. Einstein walks towards the window looking up to the moon, and the next scene is the moon landing. The final scene shows Barack Obama posting on Facebook that he is re-elected as President of USA on his mobile phone.

Second place was awarded to LIT students Stephen O’Malley and Patrick O’Shea, for their submission - The Evolution

of Sammy - which was based on the concept of a Samsung smartphone named Sammy, who was born into the world and had to learn the skills necessary to become a fully functional smartphone.

Head of the department of IT, Janice O’Connell, said “winning the prestigious Samsung Digital Media award is fantastic recognition for our students, their knowledge, skills and competencies. It is also a huge tribute to the quality of students emerging from the IT Department.”