BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp begins

By: March 3, 2014
Pictured are bootcamp participants Anna Fitzpatrick and Paula Faulkner, Scoil Chonglais, Wicklow with Eoin McMahon, Gonzaga College, Dublin Pictured are bootcamp participants Anna Fitzpatrick and Paula Faulkner, Scoil Chonglais, Wicklow with Eoin McMahon, Gonzaga College, Dublin

The BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp 2014 starts today at University College Dublin (UCD).

The four day ‘innovation and skills camp’ will see 29 students learn how to develop an idea into a commercially-viable enterprise.

“Our mission with the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is to foster innovation and creativity. With BT Business Bootcamp, we aim to take this one step further by giving the selected students the practical skills to take their commercially viable ideas to the next level,” says Shay Walsh, managing director, business, BT Ireland.

The bootcamp is taking place at NovaUCD and the student group projects include:
1. Renewable production of ethanol bio fuel
2. Addressing the issue of unnoticed road signs
3. Water leak detection system
4. Gumshield communication device for managers and players
5. Peizo electric shoes
6. Lemna minor; is it an effective method of removing persistent inorganic pollutants from aquatic environments?

The bootcamp ends on Thursday March 6, when the teams will present their business plans to a judging panel including academics and business people. The winners will receive summer placements at either NUI Galway or the University of Limerick.