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Day 3 – Young Scientists January 14, 2011

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The bubbling excitement was not too far away. Just scratch away a little of the surface, and pouring forth were the hopes, aspirations, and dreams of these young exhibitors. Whether they had created a revolutionary new boat engine, tested the theory of multi-tasking, or come up with a way of predicting blood clots, they all shared a common ambition. Months of preparation, hard work, and dedication boiled down to the visible work of the past week, but that is no more than the tip of the iceberg. The effort which was put in behind the scenes of this highly successful exhibition was all done with the ultimate aim of reaching the promised land and being called up at the closing ceremony to receive what is more than a mere accolade. The winner of the BT Young Scientist walks away with much more than a trophy and will follow in a long line of innovators to have changed the face of their respective domains.

The winner of this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition was Castleknock College student Alexander Amini, who used sensors to capture data and detect the subtle differences and patterns in the data, for the automatic detection of different tennis strokes. Although his system was developed using the tennis environment as an example, Alexander says it could be implemented in monitoring traffic and cars. You can’t but feel an enormous sense of admiration for a student who is so passionate about his studies and so promising not just for his future, but for ours, too.

Alexander was one of the students whose stand we stopped by yesterday and we managed to videorecord a small interview with him. You can watch it here. We even found the time to ask him some questions about IBM 🙂

Winner of the special IBM Smarter Planet award was Loreto College Stephen’s Green with the team project ‘How Rocky is your road?’ and we will follow up with a dedicated post on the winners as soon as we can.

For IBM to be part of this event was an exhilarating experience. Run off their feet, exhausted, but nevertheless persevering, the volunteers at the stand and around the RDS put in an almighty shift. The success of the stand, to which the amount of IBM pins and stickers throughout the arena is testimony, owes a lot to their energy and exuberance.

But the real stars of the show were the students. In our eyes, they are all winners. The following video, capturing some of the students and their projects, is our way of celebrating them all. Please join us in congratulating them by adding as many comments as you can. With the right encouragement and the right tools, these young minds are truly on the way to make our planet smarter!


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1. Kristina O'Regan - January 14, 2011

Amazing night. Congratulations to all the winers and well done to all the students who have participated in this unforgettable event. This positive energy has been infectious this week. Ireland needs good news and new ideas for a better future.

2. Ruud - January 15, 2011

O wow thats awesome! I wish I knew this was going on, I would have definitely joined! Is this every year??

3. bodonovan - January 15, 2011

Yes Ruud this goes on every year. I look forward to seeing your project next January 🙂

4. paddy - January 15, 2011

excellent event, enjoyed the volunteering experience and getting to take a look around the student exhibits too. incredible to see the huge interest in science and engineering topics, great for schools, companies and the country in general for the future. fair play to all involved.

5. Student interview… as gaeilge! « Come see IBM Ireland at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - January 21, 2011

[…] P.S. To view this interview in English language (alongside all our other student interviews), check this previous blog post. […]

6. Student interview… as gaeilge! « Come see IBM Ireland at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - January 21, 2011

[…] P.S. To view this interview in English language (alongside all our other student interviews), check this previous blog post. […]


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