Young Innovators descend on Shannon Airport for shot at Silicon Valley trip

ITLG 2016 Winners
Pictured: The team from from St. Patrick's Comprehensive Shannon with Declan Carney, Aer Lingus (centre) and John Hartnett, ITLG (right)

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7 April 2016 | 0

Everything from microchips inserted at birth to predict health problems to self-drive cars with workstations were imagined for a world 50 years from now at the second Young Innovators competition held at Shannon Airport yesterday.

Some 700 students from schools nationwide were set the task of imagining the world 50 years from now and coming up with new business ideas for then across six categories covering how we live, work, play, shop, learn and travel.

The Irish Technology Leaders Group (ITLG) event, in association with LIT, saw the students mentored by representatives from some of the world’s leading companies including Dell, Intel, Analog, Johnson and Johnson, Cook Medical, Zagg and Logitech ahead of submitting their project. The event was also supported by Shannon Airport, Enterprise Ireland, Aer Lingus, Carambola kids and Innovate Limerick.

The six category winners – St. Patrick’s Comprehensive, Shannon; Mary Immaculate, Lisdoonvarna; Patrician Academy, Mallow; Salesian College, Limerick; Castletroy College; and Presentation Secondary School, Thurles – then pitched their ideas to a panel of judges.

The winning idea from St. Patrick’s Comprehensive, Shannon, Co Clare was a concept for implanting a micro-chip at birth that would deliver predictive diagnostics for health issues.

The team will now travel to Silicon Valley to see leading tech companies in action and also walk away with devices sponsored by Dell.

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