Skerries student Adam Kelly’s quantum computing innovation earned him the winner’s spot at BTYSTE 2019.

It was an exciting evening at the RDS Arena as the awards ceremony for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) got underway. Elated students from all over Ireland collected their awards for various creative and ingenious projects, with Adam Kelly of Skerries Community College earning the top spot.

Kelly’s project involved an open-source solution that simulated quantum computing, one of the most cutting-edge technologies in development at present. Kelly walked away with a cash prize of €7,500, as well as the perpetual BT Young Scientist trophy.

Contest judge Prof Sean Corish explained why the project piqued the panel’s interest: “Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage.”


Words by Ellen Tannam