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Day 1 – Review January 12, 2011

Posted by macgabhc in Uncategorized.
Opening ceremony at the BT Young Scientist

An incredible energy at the opening ceremony

Like all major events worthy of the name, the BT Young Scientist Exhibition went off with a big bang. Just a couple of days after the bling of the Meteor Music Awards was shut down, the opening ceremony today at the RDS more than made up for it with a spectacular mixture of exhilarating lighting, great music, and fantastic entertainment.

Students were deservedly put in the spotlight, and it was just reward for their perseverance and efforts which, as the Uachtaran Mary McAleese pointed out, will be the cornerstone of future Irish growth and economic recovery. Music entertainment was provided by the impressive trio The Minutes and went down a treat with the crowd, both young and younger.

Judging also started in earnest. Various stands stood out to me, with projects ranging from the use of motion sensors in the game of tennis to the impact of social media on the academic performance of its users. What struck me across the exhibition hall, was an acute awareness of the contemporary issues facing younger generations, but also the display of a gripping originality.

The President’s speech during the opening ceremony cemented this key issue in the minds of her public. It is the brain power, the intellectual ability, and the core intelligence of our young people which will help to drag Ireland out of this economic downturn.

The IBM stand was also firing on all cylinders. Many hands were on deck, preparing for the tidal wave of visitors which will flood the RDS in the next few days. The role of IBM in developing the raw talents of the young students at the Exhibition was also evident today. It is by harnessing and encouraging the burgeoning gifts of the new generation of Irish people that new life can be blown into our country. Today, those gifts and talents were painfully obvious, and following today’s Big Bang, we can look forward with optimism to the rest of the week.

In the video below, Deirdre Kennedy (Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM Ireland) encourages all students to pursue subjects such as science, technology, engineering and maths, as they can open doors in terms of career opportunities. Watch the brief interview.



1. pollicia - January 12, 2011

Kudos to Deirdre! Always ready and prepared in front of the camera. Nice words of encouragement for students!

2. Kristina O'Regan - January 12, 2011

A great start to a really inspiring event. As President Mary McAleese said the place is electric and is being powered by a national grid of intelligence. I can’t wait to meet all the students and other visitors.

3. Claire Penny - January 12, 2011

Looks fantastic – well done all! Looking forward to hearing the students ideas and perceptions of a Smarter Planet!

4. bodonovan - January 13, 2011

Well done team. It looks like IBM has a stand that we can be very proud of.

5. Claire Penny - January 13, 2011

What a fantastic day today was! Well done to everyone. The place was entirely electric, the IBM stand and the Smarter Cities message something I am very proud to part of. 🙂

6. Ed Smalley - January 14, 2011

Fabulous! Great event guys – really proud to be a part of this wonderful exhibition.

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