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Students Put Through Their Paces at BT Business Bootcamp

BT’s annual business mentoring and skills camp begins at NovaUCD

Some of the best young business minds in the country are getting ready to be put through their paces at the 9th BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp which takes place at NovaUCD from 26 February – 1 March.

The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp was established in 2010 by BT and is delivered jointly with the innovation team of UCD Research and Innovation on an annual basis.

In January, 4,251 students took part in the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and 29 students were hand-picked from the pool of prize winners to take part in Business Bootcamp.

Over the four days students will get to experience first-hand the world of technology, commercialisation, business propositions and entrepreneurship. They will learn the fundamentals of critical business applications such as patenting, business development, sales, marketing and presentation skills.

The week will conclude when the students pitch their projects to a panel of expert judges, representing various business and technology fields. The winning team and the best individual will be presented with a trophy and a place in the Science Camps in the University of Limerick during the summer.

This year, 14 schools from across Ireland will be represented, spanning eight counties including Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Limerick and Roscommon. The students taking part are representatives of 18 projects, 8 are individuals and 21 are from group projects.

The Bootcamp is the brainchild of BT, one of world’s leading communications and IT providers, and the organiser and sponsor of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Explaining the purpose of the Bootcamp, BT Ireland Managing Director, Shay Walsh said,

“As an extension of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp has enabled us to showcase how projects developed by students can lead to commercial businesses. This is an excellent platform that helps to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business and mentor the next generation of young innovators and entrepreneurs.

The students will be mentored by BT personnel that are experts from the areas of technology, IT, finance, marketing and product development. Over the years we have seen a number of enterprises developed with the benefit of their learnings at Bootcamp. Among the successes include the Duffily Bag, a business which provides purpose-built sleeping bags and mats for the homeless, made by the homeless.”

At Business Bootcamp the students will be divided into groups to work on six diverse projects that were picked from the categories at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The six projects are titled;

  • Machine Learning in the Treatment of Molar Cancer
  • VPN – One in Every Home
  • Heart Valve Design and Prototype Development
  • Identifying Bats from the Roost- Using an Inexpensive Raspberry Pi Bat Detector and PCR.
  • Feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050. The effects of Pseudomonas Fluorescens L321 on enhancing barley crop yield.
  • Using facial recognition and AI as assistive technology for moderate stage dementia patients.

As well as the key business and commercialisation skills taught to the students, there will also be a number of key note speakers, including: BTYSTE winner Aisling Judge, founder of Restored Hearing Rhona Togher, and BT futurologist Dr. Nicola Millard, who will speak about how robotics and AI will impact the world and the jobs our students may end up doing.

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