The Inspirefest Pay It Forward programme sponsors youth groups to attend the international sci-tech event.

Inspirefest 2018 welcomed groups from the Dublin City University Access programme, the Bridge21 education programme at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin’s CS Sparks programme, and the Teen-Turn initiative.

These groups of young people and their instructors were able to attend the two-day event thanks to sponsorship from Silicon Republic, Dropbox, Keywords Studios and Aon, respectively.

The aim of the Pay It Forward initiative is to spark the curiosity of young people from underrepresented groups in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). In turn, it allows companies at the forefront of the STEM industries to ensure the pipeline feeding their future is diverse and inclusive.

As one young attendee put it: “It was great to see … that people from all around the world have the same interest and you can do anything no matter what age you are, where you’re from and your background.”

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Words by Elaine Burke