Silicon Republic named official media partner for Digital Youth Council (video)

7 Jan 2015

Founding members of the Digital Youth Council Ciara Judge, Lee Campbell and Harry McCann

Silicon Republic has been named official media partner for the Digital Youth Council for 2015. Silicon Republic will be the first source of news for all things Digital Youth Council this year.

The 51st BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Dublin is the backdrop for the next stage in the evolution of the Digital Youth Council. Founding members Ciara Judge, Harry McCann and Lee Campbell say the movement is gaining ground.

Teen entrepreneur Harry McCann, founder of Kid Tech, inspired by last May’s Excited digital learning festival in Dublin, conceived the Digital Youth Council initiative.

McCann welcomed the media partnership with Silicon Republic, saying, “Already their fantastic articles on the Digital Youth Council and our members has allowed us to reach more people than we could have imagined and we hope that their continued support will allow us to continue to reach our existing audience, and to reach even more people throughout the year.”

Sixteen-year-old McCann established the Digital Youth Council with the help of Ciarán Cannon, TD, and Bernard Kirk, the director of the Galway Education Centre, both originators of the Excited movement.

The council is made up of 12 members who are all young leaders in technology, science and communications, including Google Science Fair winners, BTYSTE winners, Junior Eircom Spider winners and more.

The Digital Youth Council was set up with the aim of gathering the views of young people in relation to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and to express these views to various Government departments and tech companies.

“We have great admiration for the work that the Digital Youth Council is doing, and the way it is giving our young school-goers a voice in the future of digital education,” said Ann O’Dea, CEO and editor-at-large at Silicon Republic. “So we’re delighted to support them in any way we can.”

Video interview with founding members of Digital Youth Council at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years