Two Dublin students win at BT young scientist business bootcamp

by Rachel Cunningham
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Two students from Gonzaga College in Dublin took home prizes from this year’s BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.

Alec Hannan, a fifth year student, was part of the team that took home the prize for Best Group with a project that was originally developed as an entry in BTYSTE 2024 and looks at the bus routes at a local school to see whether they are operating in the most efficient way. 

Members of the winning group also included Caragh Killeen, a sixth year student from St Joseph’s Community College, Clare, Séan Murphy, a fourth year student from Colaiste Mhuire, Westmeath, and Ava Gaffney, a fourth year student from Ballinamore Community School, Leitrim.  

Harry O’Leary, a fifth year student from Gonzaga College, also won an award for best individual at the competition.  

Pictured at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp is Harry O’Leary, 5th year student from Gonzaga College, Dublin, who took home the ‘Best Individual’ award.
Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

Now in its 15th year, the bootcamp was set up by BT Ireland to support BTYSTE finalists in developing their project ideas into commercial enterprises under expert guidance.

Delivered in partnership with Nova UCD, the initiative took place from March 4 to 7, and involved 26 students representing 10 counties.

Judges this year included Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland, Dr Tony Scott, co-founder of the BTYSTE, Catherine Howard, Vice President, Technology, at IDA Ireland and Brian O’Donovan, Work and Technology Correspondent at RTÉ. 

Pictured at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp are: Back row; Kamaya Gogna, 3rd year student St Josephs Secondary School Dublin, Eoghan MacMuiris, 5th year student Gonzaga College Dublin, Cara Mulligan, 4th year student Holy Faith Secondary School Dublin, Alec Hannan, 5th year student Gonzaga College Dublin. Front row: Joseph Murdrak, 4th year student Stratford College Dublin, Harry O’Learym 5th year student Gonzaga College Dublin and Liam Fuller, 4th year student Stratford College Dublin.

“Now in its 15th year, the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp provides finalists at the exhibition with the skills and insights to encourage them to turn their projects into commercial enterprises,” said Shay Walsh, Managing Director of BT Ireland.

“As the demand for STEM skills continue to grow each year, we know that the skills and advice that the students receive here will be instrumental in the development of Ireland’s future workforce, ensuring that Ireland continues to drive innovation as a market leader.”  

For more information on the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp, please visit BTYS Business Bootcamp – BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition or follow @BTYSTE on Facebook, Instagram, X, YouTube, or Snapchat (username BTYSTE).  

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