From the Nominator
With a strong heritage of innovation, Trinity College Dublin was central to creating the computer science industry in Ireland. Established in 1969, the school of Computer Science at Trinity has inspired generations of entrepreneurs, and remains a driving force for innovation in the sector. The founder of the School of Computer Science and Statistics was Professor John G Byrne. Affectionately known as the "father of computing" in Ireland, he was instrumental in establishing the software sector, which today employs 24,000 people and generates €16 billion of exports annually. During his five decades at Trinity College Dublin, Prof Byrne fostered leading-edge research and championed women in the field, while campaigning to make the nascent software industry a priority for the government.
From the Judges
This is an impressive event, from the publication to the video to the gathering itself. Nostalgic and proud combined with excited and energized is an excellent goal for an event, since it plays to the strength of an in-person experience. The flip book is a tiny bit visually busy and so sometimes a little hard to read, but it's fully of fantastic content and clearly does the nostalgia-to-energy goal really well. Highlight reel of the event itself is nicely done and really shows what was special about the event and how successful connecting the scholarship to John Byrne turned out to be. The 50 years video does a good job of presenting the content from the book in an engaging, event-friendly way. Tying Trinity’s 50th anniversary of computing to the beloved and academically significant figure of Professor Byrne personalized the milestone in a way that could have otherwise felt rather sterile.