Thank you from BT

Posted: January 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

I would like to sincerely thank you on behalf of BT for making this year’s competition the best yet. I was both amazed and delighted with the enthusiasm and energy that everyone from students, teachers, volunteers and judges invested in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

This is no doubt in my mind this year was a resounding success with a record number of schools entering projects from 32 counties. The exhibition ended on a real high note for this year’s overall winner Richard O’Shea from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, Co Cork, who took the top prize for his project entitled ‘A biomass fired cooking stove for developing countries’. Richard embodies the ideals of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition with his research, his hard work and the practical application of his project. There is great potential for Richard’s innovative design to help people in developing countries, and we hope the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will prove the catalyst for this.

Other winners include Hannah Eastwood from Loreto College Coleraine, Co Derry for her project entitled “Green rust the good gal”, and Paul McKeever and Bryan Murphy, from Abbey Christian Brothers Gs, Co Down, who won the Best Group award for their project entitled “Specs Detector” This project also won the NI award, new in 2010, which was presented to the best overall project from entries throughout Northern Ireland.

I am enormously proud of the winners and of course all the students who took part in the event this year. It is extremely rewarding to see the effect the exhibition has on the lives of these young people.

I am confident that the skills learnt by the participants during the course of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will benefit them in their future careers, as it has become widely recognised that innovation and ingenuity are essential for our economic growth. Many of the projects seen during the course of the exhibition have great commercial potential and so this year BT is enabling participants to see the business opportunities in their work by introducing a new programme called the ‘BT Business of Science & Technology Programme’.

This new programme, which kicks off in February, is a forum for over 40 students selected from the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition to be mentored by leading executives and professionals from the business world. These students will gain practical business knowledge from the mentors through a series of workshops and master-classes on subjects such as: protecting intellectual capital, global marketing, international business, stakeholder communications, innovation principles, and business strategy.

Our planning for BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2011 gets underway soon and I would like to encourage all students to take part – remember all you need is one good idea and a little hard work.

Thank you.

Chris Clark

Chief Executive Officer, BT

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