On May 29th in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, almost 100 Transition Year students representing 40 schools and 14 Lions clubs from across the country took part in the Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp all Ireland Final. The final event is the culmination of Entrepreneurship Ideation camps which have taken place throughout the most recent school year in conjunction with the Lions Club with the aim of creating young innovators and empowering future entrepreneurs to create solutions for today’s problems and creating employment. In total almost 1500 students took part in Intel Entrepreneurship Ideation camps across the country and winning projects from each were represented at the Tullamore Grand Final.
The Ideation Camp is a practical and intensive two day program which takes participants through an ideas development framework and works to build foundation skills that can be used for any big initiatives in their career – like a science or engineering project, social innovations, creating disrupting technologies and breakthroughs or creating the next big start-up.
The aim of the Ideation camp program is to develop ideation and innovation skills in young people by giving them an opportunity to work on real challenges. It is a transformational model designed to help young people experience and develop skills to increase the relevance, scale and impact of their ideas.
Students from Beara Community School are pictured with their prizes
Intel entrepreneurship experience programs build on Intel’s leadership in technology and innovation and it’s respected track record of investing in improving education globally. Paul Phelan, Corporate Affairs at Intel, attended the final event and said “It is great to see the enthusiasm of the students as they learn these skills. Proliferation of these skills to other schools across the country through Lions clubs will hopefully be the seed of many entrepreneurs and new start-ups of the future”.
Part of the Lions Clubs of Ireland mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities which is closely aligned with the aims of the Ideation Camp. Paul Bell of Tullamore Lions Club was also in attendance at the final and added “Lions Clubs of Ireland are thrilled to be teamed up with Intel in this incredibly rewarding project. It gives Lions Clubs a great connection with the youth of our areas and gives us the feeling that we are genuinely helping to educate the successful entrepreneurs of the future. In the current economy new Start Up’s are the way forward and we all owe it to the youth of today to give as much help and guidance to help them in their future careers”.
The judges at the final were Dr Padraig O’Murchu (Intel), Mark Gallagher (Lions Club Ireland), Niamh Dowler (Offaly County Council) and Paul Bell (Lions Club Ireland) and all were very impressed with the enthusiasm and level of engagement form the students.
The 2014 Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp winners were representing Beara Community School in Co. Cork with their project called Smoke Alarm Bands which is a strong, vibrating arm band aimed at alerting deaf individuals to the fact that their smoke alarm is going off. Each member of the winning team received an Asus Fonepad Tablet PC powered by Intel Atom Technology.
Further images can be found here: Lions Club and Intel – Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp Final – an album on Flickr
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