- This week Shannon Airport was transformed into an incredible student think-tank as more than 700 students from all over Ireland gathered to invent solutions for how we will live, work, play, learn, shop and travel in 2064.
- The event was one of a number of activities taking place in the region over a 2 day period in collaboration with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG).
- The event was opened by Minister Hogan and was attended by representatives from across the education and business community
This week Shannon Airport was transformed into an incredible student think-tank as more than 700 students from all over Ireland gathered to invent solutions for how we will live, work, play, learn, shop and travel in 2064. The event was one of a number of activities taking place in the region over a 2 day period in collaboration with the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG).
With support and mentoring from the ITLG investors, the Irish “Dragons” Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan as well as Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Ingrid Vanderveldt among others, secondary school students from Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and WestMeath all competed against each other for an array of the latest technology gadgets and cash prizes.
Intel Shannon, which is located a short distance from Shannon Airport, were involved in the event sponsoring a number of prizes which included Intel powered Smartphones as well as the new Intel Galileo development boards which were designed right here in Ireland. Intel employees were also on hand throughout the day to connect with the young participants and to showcase a series of technology demos.
The demos that Intel showcased were innovative and interactive examples of how technology is enhancing user experiences and included an Interactive, Collaborative Classroom, a Virtual Reality in Retail showcase and the Phocaby which is an example of how to attract, capture and connect audience, brand, location and social media.
On the day a team from Castletroy College, Limerick walked away with the first prize for “How we will live in 2064 – Dry Hygiene”, which creates a new water-energy hybrid to deal with 3rd world water shortages globally in 2064. The winning team walked away with the latest in technology gadgets, school prizes and flights to California on the new Aer Lingus Shannon – San Francisco route.
Former Intel CEO and Chairman Craig Barrett is now the Chairperson of ITLG and was in Shannon for the ITLG event and in addressing the audience stressed that a healthy dose of paranoia about the competition was key to driving a billion-dollar business. Mr Barrett referred to Intel co- founder Andy Grove who said: “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”
“It’s been hugely exciting to witness the creativity and progressive ideas generated by the students here today”, said Barry O’Sullivan, ITLG. “Seeing the talent and innovation culture at work at this ITLG Young Innovators event has been inspirational for all those involved”.
Hosted in venues across the city, the two day ITLG event was brought to the Region by Limerick City and County Council, LIT, UL, Shannon Airport and Limerick Chamber to drive collaboration, innovation, job creation and investment between the Mid West Region and Silicon Valley in California.
Pictured at the ITLG Young Innovators event are Colm O’Neill (CEO, BT Ireland) Ingrid Vanderveldt (Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell) Craig Barrett (ITLG Chairman and former Intel CEO), Rose Hynes (Chairman of Shannon Airport), Maria Hinfelaar (LIT President) and John Hartnett (President ITLG)
More than 700 students from all over Ireland gathered at Shannon Airport to invent solutions for how we will live, work, play, learn, shop and travel in 2064
Intel Shannon employees showcased a number of technology demos during the event
Established in 2007, the ITLG is a group of executives and technology leaders in Silicon Valley who are Irish or Irish-American, each of whom are committed to helping Irish start-up companies. In 2010, the ITLG opened the Irish Innovation Center in San Jose for Irish companies to easily set up operations in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.itlg.org.
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