Young scientists prove their worth

A tired but exhilarated BT Ireland team are reflecting on what was certainly the best ever BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.

More than 180 of our employees from across the island organised and ran the recent exhibition, and it continues to be one of the undertakings of which we are most proud.

We cannot do it alone, and are grateful for those individuals and organisations who help this exhibition thrive — the students, teachers, parents, judges, public, media, and corporate and public sector partners including the Department of Education & Skills in the Republic, Department of Education in the North, Analog Devices, Intel, RTE and Elan.

Within the RDS in Dublin, much of what is great about Ireland was on display: 550 ideas for a better future from over 1,100 young people; abundant encouragement from teachers and parents; 79 judges from academia and industry dedicated to a professional judging process; and dozens of organisations with outstanding exhibitor stands to engage with the next generation of leaders.

We would like to congratulate our three winners from Kinsale Community School — Emer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow, and Ciara Judge — who, when asked about their winning attitude, captured the spirit of the exhibition with her response, “Never give up”.

The planning has already begun for 2014, so those who’d like to take the trophy home next year are encouraged to get their thinking caps on.

Colm O’Neill

Chief executive

BT Ireland

Upper Grand Canal Street

Dublin 4

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