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Former Insight researcher takes top spot at Techfugees Global Challenge competition

Former Insight researcher Suad Al Darra (pictured centre) was one of five winners at the recent Techfugees Global Challenge competition for her ‘Refugees Are’ project, a platform designed to analyse negative narratives published globally about refugees. 

Al Darra graduated as a software engineer from Damascus University in 2008 and worked for several international companies. She and her husband moved to Ireland in 2014 escaping the conflict in Syria. She worked at the Insight Fujitsu laboratories for two years as a Research Engineer and after that worked for UNICEF, analysing non-traditional sources of data and applying data science methodologies to incubate and develop data-driven prototypes that support emergency response.

In 2017, Al Darra enrolled as a part-time student to the MSc in computer science (data analytics) within the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway.

Read about her winning entry here.