Dublin students’ creativity shines through at Kinia Creative Tech Fest Event!

by Rose Barrett
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Ireland’s creative future is in safe hands if the abundance of talent and creativity on display at this weekend’s Creative Tech Fest event is anything to go by.

Over 1,000 young people and those working in youth focussed organisations attended this week’s events, marking Kinia Creative Technology Weekthe first national celebration of creative technology in Ireland.

[Kinia is an education focussed non-profit organisation and social enterprise, ensuring that critical future focussed skills and digital learning opportunities are accessible and available for all children and young people*]

Now celebrating its 10th year, the Creative Tech Fest event, an entirely inclusive event, was held in Cumann na bhFiann, Ionad Oige na hEireann, Drumree, and welcomed guests working in all types of youth focused organisations and roles, including teachers, family resource centre professionals, youth workers and of course young people aged between 12-18 years, and showcased the incredible creative technology projects of young people throughout Ireland in the areas of STEAM, Digital Media and Computer Science. Earlier in the week an all-Irish version of the same event took place in the form of Tech Feile.

Attendees enjoyed a full programme of fully interactive events including the Kinia Robot Wars Competition, Kinia Live Concert, Kinia LAB & Spaces and a live streamed Kinia Award Ceremony.

Robot Wars

Unsurprisingly the Robot Wars element of the day was a highlight for most, an initiative created to enhance team building skills, and effective planning as well as developing STEM and digital skills. A further highlight was the live music concert which saw 10 talented musicians and youth bands take centre stage with their performances being broadcast live across Spotify & YouTube platforms.

Dublin students excelled in some areas.

Ashton Deegan (16) from New Cross College in Finglas (see feature photo) won the Emerging Technologies project prize at the Kinia Creative Tech Event Awards. Entitled ‘Up-cycled Go Kart’, the winning group upcycled an old and broken pedal Go Kart and converted this to run on DC electricity, with the frame and base for the motor using entirely recycled materials.

Michael Carey, TG4 Presenter, presenting Brendan Cummins from RICCY’S Youth Café in Irishtown, Dublin 4, at the Kinia Creative Tech Fest event, with his Overall Winner Award for Kinia Educator of the Year.

Brendan Cummins from RICCY’s Youth Cafe in Irishtown, D4 won Kinia Educator of the Year award. Brendan has been a key youth worker throughout the years, not only supporting young people using digital media, but supporting Kinia in the lead up to The Creative Tech Fest itself.

Michael Carey, TG4 Presenter, presenting Zach McDonoagh (13) and Timi Olojo (13) and Lilith Kavanagh (15) from Foróige Movie Club, Blanchardstown at the Kinia Creative Tech Fest event, with their Overall Winner Award for Video Production.

Zach McDonagh (13), Timi Olojo (13) both from Corduff and Lilith Kavanagh (15) representing Foroige Movie Club in Blanchardstown won best Video Production at the Kinia Creative Tech Fest Awards.

Evan Timmins (11) of the Crosscare Sandyford Youth Services and his Robot Big Flipper with his Overall Winner Award for Best Robot in the highly competitive Robot Wars element of the fully interactive Kinia Creative Tech Fest event.

Evan attends Guardian Angels NS in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Lastly Dublin based band Parallax (above) performed for hundreds of attendees at the Kinia Creative Tech Fest Event, as part of a Kinia Live Concert.

The event also coincided with the launch of the brand new Kinia NanoCreds  unique credentials for children and young people that reward, incentivise and build confidence as they strengthen their 21st century digital skills in creative technology. Recipients are the first in Ireland to receive a Kinia NanoCred, which is a European Digital Credential for Learning.

Marianne Checkley, CEO of Kinia commented “We’re delighted with the response to Creative Technology Week, the first nationally recognised celebration of Creative Technology here in Ireland, and to see such abundant talent on display at both this year’s Tech Feile and Creative Tech Fest events. It has given young people an opportunity to broaden their aspirations and be recognised for their learning skills development in Digital Media, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. The events during the week are a celebration of potential and are designed to spark interest in future career paths, helping to make sure that no young person is left behind in an increasingly complex and digital future.”

Further information and photos from the event can be found on www.kinia.ie

*The Kinia non-profit ethos prioritises educators who work in DEIS schools, School Completion Programme, Rural and Gaeltacht areas, TUSLA and youth work services to reach disadvantaged and marginalised young people.

**Kinia Creative Technology Week event is proudly supported by partners ESB, The Department of Tourism, Culture and An Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland, Medtronic, Science Foundation Ireland, Rethink Ireland and Sonalake.

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