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Deadline for entries is fast approaching for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017

By September 9, 2016No Comments

Exhibition announced as official Gaisce Challenge Partner


8 September 2016: Time is running out to enter this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) before the deadline on Wednesday, 28th September 2016. Taking part couldn’t be simpler – students can submit a one-page proposal outlining their idea via For secondary school students who have ever thought “What if?”, BTYSTE offers an opportunity to dream big and give it a shot.

This year, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has been named an official Gaisce Challenge Partner which means that students can now dedicate their BTYSTE project work towards achieving a Bronze medal as part of Gaisce – The President’s Award. BTYSTE planning, preparation and participation will all count towards the Personal Skill qualification, one of the four challenge areas undertaken as part of the Gaisce programme.

Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, said: “BTYSTE isn’t just a school science fair. It is a unique event that provides an opportunity for students to dream and to push their imaginations as far as they can. Each year we see young people take the first step towards becoming entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists, starting out with a simple idea that can blossom into a formal research concept or even a profitable business. Our new partnership with Gaisce – The President’s Award provides yet another reason for young people to explore an idea or an innovation, and enter a proposal for 2017.”

D19077-0019LRTo find out more about dedicating BTYSTE project work towards a Gaisce Bronze medal, visit To qualify, participants must be aged 15-19 years old, and will need to commit at least one hour per week over a period of 13 weeks.

The annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, one of the world’s largest and longest-running school STEM showcases, is a national platform for outstanding young minds to develop and present their ideas and inventions to senior academics and professionals. It is a stepping stone that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in young people and nurtures essential skills in the workforce of tomorrow.

Organised by BT, one of Ireland’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, BTYSTE will take place in the RDS, Dublin from January 11-14, 2017. Participants will have the chance to represent their local community, and compete to win more than 140 student, teacher and school awards, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year.

For more information on the exhibition and for details on how to enter, log onto or follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE.

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About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. In Ireland, BT operates globally and delivers locally, serving multinational corporations, indigenous exporters and public sector organisations in every segment of the Irish economy, as well as other major communications providers through our wholesale offering. Our portfolio is a powerful combination of cloud services, global networking, IT integration, contact centre solutions and professional security expertise, enabling customers to solve complex business communications requirements on a global scale. BT’s reported revenue in the Republic of Ireland was €507.8 million for the year ended 31 March 2016.

With more than 600 employees across five cities, BT is invested in Ireland’s economic growth and success. We are proud to have organised the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition for the last 17 years, designed to raise school engagement in STEM subjects and help nurture local talent and skills for the workforce of tomorrow.

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About Gaisce – The President’s Award

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people which enhances confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges. Gaisce is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to young people aged 15-25 to dream big and realise their potential. Gaisce is non-competitive – participants are encouraged to choose their own activities and goals with the support of a trained, adult President’s Award Leader (or PAL). The Gaisce programme is delivered by over 1,500 PALs working and volunteering in a variety of organisations across Ireland. There are three levels of Gaisce – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The more time and energy participants give, the greater their reward. Visit for more information.

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