It Starts Here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

It Starts Here at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

5 Sep 2017

2018 will mark the 54th anniversary of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.

For many students, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a beginning, a place to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths. It’s a platform to demonstrate your creativity and to innovate old ideas – to turn imagination into reality.

Interested in entering? We’ve taken a look back at some of the most interesting and inspiring entries over the years, many of which came from relatively simple problems that can be addressed with a bit of imagination and scientific method. Hopefully these may inspire you to take the initiative and get your project proposal together.

Remember! The deadline for the entry is September 25th, 2017.

You never know, your project idea could be the first step to an ambitious and exciting career!

Female Friendly Phone Alert System

Leah Barry, Aine Upton and Muireann Tobin of Desmond College were the 2016 Technology category winners for their project, ‘Female Friendly Phone Alert System’. The students designed adevice that would subtly alert women by using a key fob to make their handbag handle vibrate using a specially designed electronic circuit.  

Duffily Bag

Emily Duffy gained significant media attention for her 2015 invention. She went on to partner with a Dublin Charity making her sleeping bags available to homeless people in Dublin and refugees in Calais. She has since launched a a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who are homeless.


Patrick Collinson of Castletroy College has made quite a career for himself. In 2005 he designed Auctomatic, a new dialect of lisp. He went on to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology but dropped out for a career in Silicon Valley. He is the owner of tech companies Auctomatic and Stripe which has partnered with Facebook and Apple.

The Sound of Silence

Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll, from Ursuline College Sligo, won an award in 2009 for their project “The Sound of Silence” which helped sufferers of tinnitus. Now they run their own company called Restored Hearing, which is continuing to develop technology to help tinnitus sufferers

Our Spinis will be bringing some previous competitors to visit schools around Dublin on Wednesday 6th September. 

The schools are:

Larkin Community College, Champions Avenue, Dublin 1

St Joseph’s CBS, Merville Avenue, Dublin 3

Ringsend College, Cambridge Road, Ringsend

Margaret Ayward Community College, Dublin 9

Christian Brothers, Synge Street, Dublin 8

Presentation College, Warrenmount, Dublin 8

For more information and for details on how you can enter, visit the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition website here.