At Future Human, BTYSTE 2020 winners Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan explained how they prepared for their project pitch.

Fifth-year students Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan of Coláiste Choilm in Co Cork walked away with the grand prize at last year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) for their project on gender stereotyping in young children.

Speaking at Future Human last October, the pair said it’s important to prepare to guarantee success in the competition, which returns in a virtual format this week.

“Have a clear plan of what you want to get done, set deadlines that say you want to get this bit of research done by a certain date, so then you can do a bit of analysis,” O’Sullivan said.

“And practise the days in the week before the event, practice pitching. For me and Cormac, I knew Cormac would be going first and then I’d be adding on to the next part of the project, and we’d have a rhythm and it’d look a lot more professional. That’s a very key point for the pitching is to have a rhythm to go through and know who’s speaking when.”


Words by Colm Gorey