Almost 1,000 students from all over Ireland will convene on 15 November at Shannon Airport for the 3rd ITLG Young Innovators Challenge in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT). Students from across the island are coming together to innovate and develop new solutions, which will shape the way we will live in the year 2050.

ITLG Young Innovators, supported by Shannon Group and Aer Lingus, will see second level students using their creativity to develop solutions for today’s societal challenges. Working in teams and with mentors such as EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Dr Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange, RooMigo’s Ed Burke, Kelly O’Brien of CDK and Pinpoint Innovation’s Chris Kelly, students will be challenged to create solutions to improve the way we will live in the year 2050. They will then pitch their innovative solutions to leading Irish investors and RTE ‘Dragons’ Barry O’Sullivan, Gavin Duffy, Eleanor McEvoy, Chanelle McCoy and Alison Cowzer.

“With the rapid pace of technology and change, it is vital that we continue to innovate and create solutions to challenges our world faces. The societal challenges of the future are the focus of this ITLG Young Innovators challenge,” said John Hartnett, Founder and President of the ITLG. “We want to stimulate skills such as problem solving, creativity, concept development and presentation within the young people attending, and give them a true experience of innovation and entrepreneurship at work.”

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of LIT commented, “We’re very proud to have driven Young Innovators since the beginning. This event reflects much what LIT is about – excitement, passion, innovation, the intersection between academia and real-world expertise. It’s great to see students and teachers practice innovation skills and opening doors to the possibilities of the future.”

The winning ITLG Young Innovators team will be awarded with an enviable ITLG Internship, which includes return flights to San Francisco sponsored by Aer Lingus, site visits to Silicon Valley’s fastest growing tech startups as well as innovation stalwarts like Google and Intel. The winners will meet ITLG investors and mentors and truly have an experience of a lifetime that should stand to the students and their careers in the future.

Speaking at the launch of the ITLG Young Innovators Challenge, Chairman of Shannon Group, Rose Hynes said, “This event represents a huge opportunity for our young people, to share their ideas with successful global entrepreneurs and to understand that they can unlock their own potential and succeed on a global scale by being creative and innovative. We are delighted to be partners in the ITLG Young Innovators event.”

Taking place during Science Week 2018, the ITLG Young Innovators event is community-driven with technology companies like Dell, Modular Automation, J&J, Kemp, WP Engine, Jaguar Landrover and more from Limerick for Engineering supporting the event, showcasing and sharing the very latest in STEM technology.

Local companies and organisations including Carambola Kids, Innovate Limerick, Limerick Chamber of Commerce and Shannon Chamber of Commerce have also lent their support, and University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Foróige and CoderDojo form part of the steering group as well as taking part on the day helping to make this a very exciting event for students, teachers and industry.

Aer Lingus Communications Director, Ruth Ranson, said she “is delighted to once again sponsor the ITLG Young Innovators competition. Ireland has a very strong and growing technology sector. Competitions like the ITLG Young Innovators are fantastic for nurturing young Irish talent and encouraging careers in this increasingly relevant field and help to reinforce the strong links between the tech industry in Ireland and the US, which is home to so many of the world’s leading tech companies. We’re looking forward to flying the winners over to Silicon Valley this year and wish each young innovator the very best of luck.”

ITLG Young Innovators event has been designed and developed by LIT and ITLG. Support for ITLG Young Innovators is also being provided by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland, as well as Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ireland Funds San Francisco.

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