Third level placements awarded to BT Business Bootcamp winners
Maynooth student wins best individual student prize
TechLife | 30 Mar 2012 :
A team of five school students who workshopped the project Smart Pipe: An automated water circulation anti-freezing system were chosen as the best overall group at this week's the 2012 BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, held at University College Dublin.
Matt Murtagh White (17) from Kilkenny College, Kilkenny; Emer Creedon (16) from Regina Mundi College, Cork; Adam Torrens (19) from South Eastern Regional College, Bangor; Deirdre Harford (17) from Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan, Dublin; and Megan Doyle (16) from Skerries Community College in Dublin were evaluated by a panel of expert judges and course mentors.
Daniel Hobbs (17) from Maynooth Post Primary, Co Kildare was recognised as the best individual student.
The winners are awarded a summer placement at one of the leading third level universities in Ireland.
The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp is a week long business mentoring and skills programme devised and delivered by BT and NovaUCD. Following the intensive week of training and workshops, some students have stated they will change their academic direction, and in turn their future career, based on what they learnt during the week at UCD. 90% of those attending this week also stated they anticipate an Irish economic recovery to take 7-10 years while most students would like to pursue medical, science or business degrees at third level.
Thirty-two students were selected from January's BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition to take part in the programme.
In addition, James Eggers of St Michael's College, Dublin has been offered both commercial space and the opportunity to pitch his idea at the next Dublin Web Summit in October 2012 for his project, The Detection Of Incidents On Roads In Real-Time With Twitter And Traffic Cameras.
The students participated in a number of business focused workshops from business planning and intellectual property management to design thinking and communications. Using these skills the group developed concepts ranging from developing a mathematical learning and communication tool for Autistic children in primary school to how to grow dessert apples in Ireland.