Dublin Silicon Docks

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Computer Games Programming students enrolled; on 3D Modelling (IMAT2907), Mobile Robotics (IMAT3404), Game Engine Architecture (IMAT3905) and Advanced Games Programming (IMAT3606). Game Design and Architecture (IMAT1909) and Applied Mechanics (IMAT2903) and Computer Science students enrolled on; Software and Security Management (CTEC2904), Computer Programming I (CTEC1902) and Computer Programming II (CTEC1903), Functional Software Development (CTEC3904), Professionalism in Forensics and Security (CTEC3428) and Emerging Topics in Security (CTEC3753 ) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive 1 academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


Dublin docks are historically an industrial district which played, for two-hundred years, an important role in the industrial revolution. This beautiful historical site underwent a redevelopment in the late 1990s to host modern companies. About 15 years ago major technology companies having their main headquarters in the Silicon Valley decided to open a large European subsidiary in Dublin. This phenomenon started in 2004 with Google which was shortly followed by many technology giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Riot Games, Linkedin, Squarespace and Engine Yard, thus giving life to the new technological district, namely the Silicon Docks.

This major economical change of the area occurred contextually with an architectural redevelopment designed by the famous american architect and landscaper Marha Schwarts. The result is a breathtaking blend of ancient industrial quays and factories with hyper-modern and technological buildings hosting the avantgarde of the world’s technology. Silicon Docks is even more interesting if we consider that the technological stars mentioned above are surrounded by constellations of new start-ups and spin-out companies. The latter are  often founded and led by young and brave entrepreneurs who decide to challenge the market soon after their degree.

On the first day students will be hosted by Deborah Carberry from RoundPeg Republic – Educational Technology at the Guinness Enterprise Centre where there will be a series of talks and presentations delivered by software professionals.

On the second day the group will visit Boulder Media (2D and 3D Animation) and will go on a tour with Simon Colreavy-Donnely. In the afternoon students will have the opportunity to see how Computer Hardware is built, using the most advanced technology currently available in this space as they will be a visiting the Intel Ireland’s Leixlip campus.

This trip will be a unique exciting opportunity for the students from School of Computer Science and Informatics to get a closer look at large technology headquarters which have recently become major parts of the new economy. Students will have a chance to meet prospective employers, be inspired by entrepreneurial ideas, and have an initial understanding of the sector in which they may work in the future.

Cultural activities

Dublin is a capital city and students will have plenty of time for cultural activities outside of the formal academic programme. Potential activities include taking a tour of Trinity College Dublin as it is a centre of historical and Cultural value for Dublin city and an impressive example of Georgian and Victorian architectures. The Trinity College Library, which is famous for having been featured in the Star Wars and The Transformers film franchises. There is also the National Library Ireland and the Yeats Exhibit, the students will be encouraged to learn more about other Cultures and Literature. Temple bar is ‘Dublin’s cultural quarter’ and is certainly worth visiting during the evenings to experience traditional Irish music and dancing.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Irish immigration requirements.

Ireland, along with the UK, is a member of the Common Travel Area. British nationals travelling from the UK don’t need a passport to visit Ireland. However, Irish immigration officers will check the ID of all passengers arriving by air from the UK and may ask for proof of nationality, particularly if you were born outside the UK. You are therefore advised to take your British passport with you.

Students of other nationalities should check the entry requirements.

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for applying for your visa, checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Wednesday 30 January 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 2 February 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for UK and in-country transfers, academic visits (£10), food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED