Students gallop to Success at BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp
A team of five teenagers from Offaly, Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick claimed the winning spot at the seventh annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp at NovaUCD yesterday.
Daniel Carroll (16) from Colaiste Choilm in Offay; Khadija Gull (17) from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan in Dublin; Maeve Shaw (16) from Coláiste Pobal Osraí in Kilkenny; David Hamilton (15) from Ardscoil Ris in Limerick; and Alanna Slater (16) from Desmond College in Limerick won best overall team for their project Courses for Horses: Feeding performance horses as nature intended.
At the end of the four-day camp, the group presented to a judging panel of business professionals as they looked to demonstrated how their idea could improve the digestive health and efficiency of performance horses.
Heather Murphy (16) from Sutton Park School in Dublin was recognised as the best individual student. She showed the judges an in-depth understanding of the process of bringing an idea she had on paper all the way through to project commercialisation.
“This week we saw some of the country’s brightest young minds come together at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp,” said Shay Walsh, managing director, BT Ireland. “The programme aims to help students’ bridge the gap between education and business and bring their inventions to market and we have certainly seen this come to life over the past few days. I would like to congratulate everyone who took part and hopefully they leave here today with a greater understanding of how their creative ideas can live in the business world.”
Throughout the week each group was mentored by a senior BT professional and got inspiration from key speakers which included former BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition winner Aisling Judge and Rhona Togher, CEO of Restored Hearing.