Secondary school students speculate on world of 2064

The ITLG Young Innovators event will bring secondary school students together with tech experts and entrepreneurs

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16 January 2014 | 0

The first Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) inaugural Young Innovators event will take place on 27 January at Shannon Airport.

Supported in part by Dell, ITLG, Shannon Airport and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), the event seeks to young people to envisage what life will be like in 50 years.

Divided into teams of 10, the 600 registered participants will be supported by the ITLG delegation of successful technology entrepreneurs who will help bring each group’s ideas to life.

“This event is all about embracing technology and talent, while inspiring and  empowering our young people to shape the innovations of the future”, said John Hartnett, CEO, ITLG. “Demand for this event has already been exceptionally high. We are looking forward to an exciting day of ideas and innovation from Ireland’s youth at Shannon Airport.”

President of LIT Maria Hinfelaar added: “This event provides many unique opportunities for secondary school students, giving them technology, innovation and entrepreneurship experience and insights.

“The speakers and mentors participating at the ITLG Young Innovators event are global leaders, so we are delighted that these young students will be able to learn from industry, and hopefully industry will learn from the students also, as they are our future and therefore best positioned to visualise how we will live, work, play, learn, shop and travel in 2064.”

Dell’s entrepreneur-in-residence Ingrid Vanderveldt, leader of the Dell Founders Club and the Dell Centre for Entrepreneurs, will deliver a keynote address at the event and will be joined by RTE ‘Dragons’ Gavin Duffy, Peter Casey, Barry O’Sullivan and Sean O’Sullivan to help judge the projects developed by the students over the course of the day.

Students will also have the chance o get to grips with new technology in 3D printing and hologram technology, as well as get the opportunity to meet with experts working on future technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, smart housing, aviation amongst others.

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