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Ahead of the Curve Project named Best Group and Isabelle Linehan named as Best Individual at BT’s skills and mentoring bootcamp

After an intensive four-day commercialisation workshop, the winners of the annual BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp have been announced.

Taha Fareed Farooqi (age 15), Hannah Walsh (age 17), Sophie Creedon (16), Harry O’Connor (age 16) and Claudine Mulihano (age 17) were named as the overall “Best Group” for the work on their project “Ahead of the Curve” and Isabelle Linehan (age 17) was presented with the title overall “Best Individual”.

The overall winning project was developed by Sophie Creedon and was presented at the virtual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2022 in January. The project investigates sports related injuries and seeks to design and develop wearable technology to better enable the measurement and recording of such head impacts.

The overall winning project was chosen after each group pitched their ideas to an expert panel of following a four-day programme including workshops on business, marketing, and commercialisation.

Congratulating the students, Shay Walsh, managing director, BT Ireland, said “The BT Business Bootcamp has been an integral part of the BT Young Scientist journey since its inception in 2010 and we were delighted to provide an exciting programme of activities for our participants in person for the first time in two years. 

‘Encouraging young people to engage in STEM subjects is at the core of our sustainability agenda, and supporting them along that journey, be it through academia or through entrepreneurship is integral to fostering tomorrow’s digitally skilled workforce. I have no doubt that all this week’s participants will continue onto brilliant things, and I look forward to keeping in touch with their progress.

‘Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to our participants and volunteers who make the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp possible.”

Over the years, a number of past participants of the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs, with the most noted enterprises to date being Evervault, and Protex AI.

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BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition – it is the experience of a lifetime for the students and teachers who take part. Designed to raise schools’ engagement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), the Exhibition calls upon students aged 12-19 years from all over the island of Ireland to showcase innovative science and technology project. In 2022, the Exhibition reached almost 8million visitors around the world through its virtual portal. The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is supported by several valued partners including the Department of Education, Analog Devices, Stripe, Perrigo, and RTE. Learn more at

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