BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2013
A tired but exhilarated BT team are this week reflecting on what was certainly the best ever BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. More than 180 of our employees from across Ireland organised and ran the exhibition last week, 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 in Northern Ireland, Department of Education & Skills in the Republic of Ireland, Analog Devices, Intel, RTE and Elan.
Within the confines of the RDS in Dublin last week, much of what is great about the island of 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.
And as international delegates from China, Malaysia, Canada, EU and Tanzania flowed in to learn the secrets of its success, we were proud to show what collaboration on a common goal can really achieve. We would like to congratulate our three winners from Kinsale Community School – Emer Hickey, Sophie Healy-Thow, and lastly Ciara Judge who, when asked about their winning attitude, captured the spirit of the exhibition with her response, “Never give up.” Students from Northern Ireland enjoyed great success too with several picking up accolades for their projects, and we won’t give up on encouraging greater numbers of schools from Northern Ireland to get involved.
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.
Chief Executive, BT Northern Ireland