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Irish academics experience Intel Galileo

In October 2013 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the Intel® Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel® architecture.

The collaboration with Arduino sought to inspire creativity, learning and invention with Makers and Students and development kits and software programming interface that make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments.

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Intel’s Padraig O’Murchu opens the session at Maynooth University

To further spur innovation across the entire computing spectrum, Intel went on to provide 50,000 Galileo boards to universities worldwide. The new development boards, which were designed in Ireland, will enable university students to innovate at the lower end of the spectrum with inventions that will be compatible with other Intel® Architecture-based devices in the Internet of Things.

Over the past number of months, almost 1000 boards have been provided to 21 different institutions across Ireland who have been integrating them into upcoming curriculum plans and using the boards for a variety of research projects.

To support the integration of the boards in the recipients third level institutions, Intel recently held a one day ‘Train the Trainer’ event designed for university or institute lecturers to help them develop their own customised curricula as well as sharing any existing curricula and collaborate with Intel Galileo.

The first of the ‘Train the Trainer’ programs took place on September 30th in the computer science department in Maynooth University where over 30 participants from 16 different higher education institutes across the island of Ireland took part. The course covered both theory and practical sessions and was designed for university/institute lecturers to help them develop their own curricula as well as share any existing curricula and labs.

The course was delivered by Adrian Burns Intel Quark with assistance from John Brady Intel Labs. Feedback from the participants was very positive with many committing to implement the learning into their college teaching curriculum.

Speaking at the event Finbarr O’Meara form Dublin Institute of Technology said “I found the course very interesting. There are a variety of uses that this board can be used for or that I will develop and test”.

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Over 30 participants from 16 different higher education institutes across the island of Ireland take part in the first Galileo ‘Train the Trainer’ event at Maynooth University

The Intel Galileo board and the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 by which it is powered were both designed in Ireland at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare by a team of 70 people. The design team is led by Philip Moynagh and Noel Murphy who have guided the project over the last 3 years from a mere idea to the very innovative piece of technology which is available today. The project has been supported since its inception by the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in Ireland.

For further information about the Intel Galileo University Donation program, visit

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Galileo Boards in third level institutions

Further images can be found here: Intel Galileo experienced by academics – an album on Flickr

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