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Students from Galway Jet Off to Silicon Valley Oon ITLG Internship

Competitive Innovation Drive Yields Bright Ideas for a Sustainable Future at ITLG Young Innovators at Shannon Airport in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology

Ten students from Gort Community College are heading off to Silicon Valley on an exciting ITLG Internship, following the ITLG Young Innovators held at Shannon Airport. More than 800 students participated in a competitive, innovation drive to create solutions to how we can better live, work, play, learn and travel in the future.

Teams of secondary school students from all over Ireland took part in the 3rd ITLG Young Innovators Powered by LIT and pitched their innovative ideas and concept to ITLG’s John Hartnett, LIT President Vincent Cunnane, RTE Dragons Barry O’Sullivan, Gavin Duffy, Alison Cowzer, Eleanor McEvoy and Chanelle McCoy, in front of their peers from secondary schools allover Ireland. ‘Plastic Penneys’, an incentive scheme to reduce single-use plastics was the winning concept, developed by Gort Community College.

Aer Lingus Ground Operations Manager Mike Moloney presented the students with their free flights to San Francisco, and Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) President John Hartnett explained how the students will experience the startup culture of Silicon Valley through these internships, which includes engagement with Google, Dropbox, Facebook and other tech giants based in Silicon Valley.

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Speaking at the ITLG Young Innovators event, ITLG President John Hartnett said,

“Stimulating entrepreneurship and sustainability is key to what ITLG Young Innovators is all about, and the winners of today’s ITLG Young Innovator challenge represent those vital attributes for business today. Our thanks to the partners, sponsors and particularly Limerick Institute of Technology, Shannon Airport and Aer Lingus for making this massive event possible.”

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT commented,

“We’re very proud to have driven Young Innovators since the beginning. This event reflects much what LIT is about – excitement, passion, innovation, the intersection between academia and real-world expertise. Gort Community College were worthy winners, addressing a key challenge in our world today and creating a win-win solution which is the key to every successful business. It’s great to see students and teachers practice innovation skills and opening doors to the possibilities of the future.”

Chairman of Shannon Group, Rose Hynes said,

“This event represents a huge opportunity for our young people, to share their ideas with successful global entrepreneurs and to understand that they can unlock their own potential and succeed on a global scale by being creative and innovative. We are delighted to be partners in the ITLG Young Innovators event.”

Taking place during Science Week 2018, the ITLG Young Innovators event is community-driven with technology companies like Dell, Modular Automation, J&J, Kemp, WP Engine, Jaguar Landrover and more from Limerick for Engineering supporting the event, showcasing and sharing the very latest in STEM technology. Local companies and organisations including Carambola Kids, Dell, Cook Medical, Modular Automation, Limerick Chamber of Commerce and Shannon Chamber of Commerce have also lent their support, and University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Foróige and CoderDojo form part of the steering group as well as taking part on the day helping to make this a very exciting event for students, teachers and industry.

Aer Lingus Communications Director, Ruth Ranson, said she

“Aer Lingus is delighted to once again sponsor the ITLG Young Innovators competition. Ireland has a very strong and growing technology sector. Competitions like the ITLG Young Innovators are fantastic for nurturing young Irish talent and encouraging careers in this increasingly relevant field and help to reinforce the strong links between the tech industry in Ireland and the US, which is home to so many of the world’s leading tech companies. We’re looking forward to flying the winners over to Silicon Valley this year and wish each young innovator the very best of luck.”

ITLG Young Innovators event has been designed and developed by LIT and ITLG. Support for ITLG Young Innovators is also being provided by Enterprise Ireland, Innovate Limerick and the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, Kemp Technologies Johnson & Johnson and Science Foundation Ireland, as well as Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ireland Funds San Francisco.

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