Paul Clarke named overall winner of BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2014
13 January 2014 | 0
Fifth year student Paul Clarke from St Paul’s College, Raheny in Dublin took the top prize for his project Contributions to Cyclic Graph Theory at this year’s BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition.
Clarke was presented with a cheque for €5,000, the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 26th European Union Young Scientist competition in September and a trophy. As this year’s winner, Clarke also won a hosted trip to Silicon Valley.
Almost 1,165 students from 32 counties covering 550 projects from 210 schools competed in this year’s competition.
Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony, Colm O’Neill, CEO, BT Ireland said: “When we set out last year to plan for the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition we wanted to make sure that this was our most exceptional event to date… Over the years the exhibition has proven to be an important launch pad for the next wave of entrepreneurs, academics, scientists and technologists; people who will be fundamental in addressing the global skills shortage. For that reason, we cannot underestimate the importance of this exhibition in encouraging our young students to pursue careers in science and technology.”
Other awards presented included Best Group which went to first year students Cathy Hynes and Eve Casey from Kinsale Community School, Cork for their project “A Study Using Statistical Methods of People’s Attitudes to the Ageing Workforce of the Future in the Social & Behavioural Sciences category at junior level.
The award for individual runner-up went to second year student Shane Curran from Terenure College, Dublin, for his project Chemical.io: The Cloud-based Lab Management Solution in the Technology category at junior level.
The award for group runner-up went to fourth year students Conor Gillardy, Evan Heneghan and Calum Kyne from St Gerald’s College, Mayo with their project Gumshield Communication Device for managers and Players in the Technology category at intermediate level.