We found out more about the bootcamp for enterprising young people, which was recently held in person for the first time in two years, from students and organisers.

Five students between the ages of 15 and 17 received the best group award at the BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp last month for their project on sports-related injuries.

Taha Fareed Farooqi, Hannah Walsh, Sophie Creedon, Harry O’Connor and Claudine Mulihano looked to design and develop wearable technology that could better enable the measurement and recording of head impacts.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Isabelle Linehan received the best individual title for her project that looked at new ways to help people with seasonal affective disorder.

Head of BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Mari Cahalane told SiliconRepublic.com that the previous two annual bootcamps were conducted virtually as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s really important I think for everyone involved, the students, BT and the judges and everybody else, that we get some face-to-face time,” Cahalane said.


Words by Leigh Mc Gowran