Groups of young people got to enjoy a tour of Facebook’s Dublin HQ as part of the Inspirefest Pay It Forward programme in 2017.

At Inspirefest 2017, BT, AdRoll, Aon, and both the Inspirefest and Silicon Republic teams funded Pay It Forward groups from the St John Bosco Youth Centre, Bridge21 at Trinity College Dublin, Learning Hub Limerick, Teen-Turn and Maths Sparks from University College Dublin to attend the unique sci-tech festival.

The idea was that, by being at Inspirefest for two full days, these students would be able to see pathways into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) for themselves.

Taking this idea of ‘believing by seeing’ one step further, 2017 event sponsor Facebook brought the Pay It Forward groups on a tour of the international HQ in Dublin’s docklands.

“What we want to do is let people know that there are opportunities and that it’s not beyond the realm of possibility for people to work here,” said Kelley Cousins, ‎corporate communications manager at Facebook Ireland.

Words by Elaine Burke