Praise for students' technology talents
BT Ireland's chief executive Colm O'Neill has praised ideas put forward by children at a major science and technology exhibition.

​More than 4,000 students from secondary schools across Ireland have submitted nearly 2,000 ideas for the 49th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin, which is taking place this week.

Visitors to the exhibition have included Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny and TV host Ryan Tubridy.

Judging is underway for the 550 projects that have qualified to compete for the coveted title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year 2013.The winner will be announced this evening.

As he toured the exhibition, Colm said: “The range of ideas is incredible, and the way they talk about how they came up with them, what they have done to research them and how they have brought them to the exhibition really is very enjoyable.”

He added: “We’re in the middle of a techno-scientific age. Everything is changing and science and technology are going to be one of the primary drivers, but there’s a global shortage of skills necessary to do that.

“An exhibition like this really does encourage young people to enjoy science, participate in science and hopefully pursue science and technology as a career in the future. We think that’s going to be good for Ireland and good for the world.”

For the first time, a special free app has been prepared for the exhibition. It was put together by the Digital Skills Academy’s WebElevate Programme, in partnership with BT Ireland, and runs on any mobile device. The app, which can help visitors to the exhibition locate projects or find projects in any category, can be downloaded from the BT Ireland exhibition website.

You can take a look at some of the exhibition highlights on BT Ireland's video.

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