BTYSTE teams up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 More than 40 pupils from Northern Ireland will be taking part in next week’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Dublin, which is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors. 15-year-old Harvey Donnelly from Wellington College in Belfast is hoping to impress judges with his project, which uses a computer programme to model electrochemical cell reactions to build better batteries. The 4th year student will present his research alongside 550 other science and technology projects, which are all competing for the coveted title of ‘BT Young Scientist & Technologist’. Harvey says: “I’m really excited about going to Dublin and seeing what all the other students have come up with. It’s the same week as my mock exams and one of these has had to be re-scheduled but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. “I’ve learned so much and my project has already taken me to Queen’s University, where I’ve been talking to researchers in the Department of Chemistry.  I want to develop better batteries and, ultimately, address the biggest challenges facing the world, like climate change and the need for renewable energy.” The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has teamed up with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) so that participants, like Harvey, can use their project work to count towards the Skills section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Kate Thompson, DofE Director in Northern Ireland, says: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.  It’s valued by employers and universities – just like participation in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. “That’s why it made sense for us...

The World’s Most Famous Hacker & Security Expert, Kevin Mitnick to Keynote BT Mindshare 2018

January 11th 2018, BT Arena, RDS, Dublin Kevin Mitnick will be performing a live hack on his first appearance in Ireland at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2nd January 2018; BT Ireland is delighted to announce ‘The World’s most famous Hacker’, Kevin Mitnick, as the keynote speaker at BT Mindshare, which takes place during the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 5.00pm in the RDS, Dublin. Formerly one of the FBI’s Most Wanted, Kevin Mitnick has since transformed himself into a trusted security consultant to Fortune 500 enterprises and governments worldwide, mentoring leaders and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering and educating consumers on how they can protect themselves from today’s latest threats. With average annual losses of cybercrime to companies worldwide standing at €6.6 million, cybersecurity is top of mind. Kevin Mitnick knows everything there is to know about staying protected online and BT is excited to host him as the keynote speaker at the annual BT Mindshare event. On his first visit to Ireland, the security expert will be performing a live hack and will bring insight and experience alive to a room full of senior business professionals where security is top of their agenda. Limited places are available, but those interested can register at info.btireland.com/BT_Mindshare_2018. Speaking about the upcoming BT Mindshare, Steve Benton, General Manager of Cyber & Physical Security Operations at BT, said “Security is one of the biggest boardroom agenda items across the globe. “We want to use this opportunity with Kevin as a chance to educate our customers to recognise the...

Be Inspired at the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

The 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will run from 10th – 13th January 2018 at the RDS, Dublin 550 unique student projects showcased Live Q&A with astronaut in training, Norah Patten ‘The World’s most famous Hacker’, Kevin Mitnick, revealed as keynote business speaker Mentalist, live science shows, robot wars, exhibition stands and much more… 9 December 2018; An abundance of innovation, unique ideas and creative thinking from young minds will fill the halls of the RDS in Dublin next month at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).  Over 1,100 inspiring students will showcase their projects to an expected 50,000+ visitors and 84 judges from 10th – 13th January 2018. Leading communications and IT Services Company, BT, is also delighted to announce a host of new acts, shows and speakers that will be performing at this year’s Exhibition for the first time, including Ministry of Science UK, a live Q&A with astronaut in training, Norah Patten and keynote address at BT Mindshare from the ‘world’s most famous hacker’, Kevin Mitnick. Shows returning by popular demand include mentalist David Meade, The Real Science of the Circus, 3D Space Journey and the incredibly popular World of Robots. ‘The World’s most famous Hacker’, Kevin Mitnick, will be performing a live hack on his first appearance in Ireland at BT Mindshare which takes place on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 5.30pm in the BT Arena, RDS.  Once wanted by the FBI, now turned trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500, Kevin will bring insight and experience alive to a room full of senior business professionals where security is top...

Homelessness & Equality to the fore at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Finalists for the 2018 Exhibition announced 2,031 projects submitted to the 54th BTYSTE Project titles show increasing mindfulness of major social issues 1st November 2017: The finalists of the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) have been announced as the Exhibition gears up for the 54th year of the renowned educational event. This week BT, the organisers and sponsors of the event, delivered the good news to the students involved in the 550 finalist projects. An impressive 2,031 projects were submitted by students across the island of Ireland, with every county represented by a submission. This year’s award is more special than ever, as the 2018 overall winner will represent Ireland in the European Union Contest for Young Scientists when it comes to Dublin in September. An unusually high number of the 2018 Exhibition entries investigate burning social issues such as homelessness, transgender rights and mental health. Whilst subjects such as these are not uncommon for the Behavioural Science Category, this year the trend is visible in the more traditional categories such as Biological & Ecological Science and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Science, highlighting just how much these topics are impacting on students’ lives. Shay Walsh, MD BT Ireland said, “BT Ireland is proud to once again be organising the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and to announce the 2018 participants. As a technology company we feel that it is vital to foster an interest in STEM right across the country to ensure our cities and towns have the talent required to move forward as a society. This is something we are proud to do with...

The Race is On! Deadline for Entries for 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is Fast Approaching

Ireland’s favourite illusionist is urging students to submit entries 2018 winner to represent Ireland at European Union Young Scientist taking place in Dublin Top illusionist David Meade has joined BT Ireland in urging students from across the country to submit an entry for the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), ahead of the fast approaching deadline of 25th September 2017. The exhibition, now in its 54th year, is one of the largest and longest running STEM* events in the world. The theme for BTYSTE 2018 is ‘It Starts Here’ highlighting and celebrating the role the Exhibition can play in captivating a love of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and help nurture Ireland’s leaders of tomorrow. Signifying the beginning of opportunities for young people at the exhibition, they can express their interest in STEM and demonstrate their creativity by turning their ideas into reality outside of a classroom setting. David Meade, a BTYSTE ambassador, said: “The exhibition can be the starting point of a bright and brilliant future for many and it allows young people to really develop their imaginations and interest in STEM subjects, which is extremely important. I would strongly urge both students and teachers alike to get involved, and to work together to submit an entry before the deadline of September 25th.” BT Ireland has also reinforced its commitment to support schools from across Ireland to enter this year’s exhibition with a free travel and accommodation grant. All schools on application can qualify for the grant, which means that schools that are located over 70km from the RDS, where the exhibition is held, are eligible...
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