BT Ireland have recently launched the 2016 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and are encouraging young people across the island to ‘imagine their discovery’ and enter what has become one of the world’s largest science and technology events of its kind.
The exhibition is a major investment by BT into fostering home-grown talent across the island of Ireland, giving every secondary level across the island the opportunity to showcase their idea under the broad umbrella of science, technology, engineering and maths. BT calculate that more than 72,000 students have entered over 34,000 projects in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition over the past 51 years.
Many of the exhibition’s alumni have gone on to become distinguished scientists, academics, researchers and entrepreneurs including Ireland’s youngest billionaires, Patrick and John Collison from Limerick. More recently, Eimear Hickey, Ciara Judge and Sophie Healy Thow, winners of the BTYSTE in 2013, were last year named in TIME magazine’s list of the world’s most influential teenagers.
A major eco-system has grown over the exhibition’s 52 year history, bringing together key organisations and individuals who share the common goal of nurturing critical STEM skills in young people. These include partners such as the Departments of Education in ROI and NI, Analog Devices, Intel, Perrigo, RTE, the 80-strong panel of influential judges, and the exhibition’s co-founder Dr. Tony Scott who continues to evolve the exhibition with BT.
BT Ireland CEO, Colm O’Neill, says, “Ireland is one of the top locations globally for attracting investment from the world’s leading technology brands, including BT. We depend on talent and skills to drive our economy and the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition plays a key role in nurturing that future pool of talent.”
The closing date for 2016 entries is 29th September 2015.
The event itself will run from 6 – 9 January 2016.
You can read more about the exhibition and how to get involved at www.btyoungscientist.com.