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Successful DCU Organised Spark2Start event for Entrepreneurs

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On Saturday 1st October in the Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) a unique collection of entrepreneurs gathered for #Spark2Start2016. Spark2Start is a free Startup Community Event for early stage entrepreneurs/startups where experts from all sections of the startup ecosystem came together to share their experience and advice. This event was hosted in the GEC with future events being planned in NDRC, DogPatch Labs and DCU Alpha.

The event proved very popular and the venue was full to capacity. Event organiser Ray Walshe and Founder of Spark2Start commented in his opening address that the turnout was a testament to the value of bringing all the ecosystem players together under one roof. Walshe said “Having experts from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres, incubators, accelerators, co-working space, venture capital leaders, angel investors and startup consultants present, created valuable opportunities for startups to network. This is definitely the best way to do this type of pipeline event for the next generation of early stage startups. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to all those who helped make the event such a success”.

Team Ireland go close at the Informatics Olympics in Russia

IOI2016-Pic1Like Ireland’s 400m sprinter Thomas Barr at the Rio Olympics, Team Ireland came very close to getting a Bronze medal at the Olympics of High-School Programming in Russia.

Teofil Camarasu, a sixth year student from Dundalk Community School came within 11 points of attaining a Bronze medal among 308 of the smartest young computer programmers from around the planet. 81 countries brought delegations to the prestigious 28th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Kazan, Russia for one the toughest tests of these young students’ lives. The IOI is one of five international science Olympiads for secondary school students with this Olympiad focusing on computing science and information technology and was first initiated by UNESCO in 1989. Each student must solve 6 algorithmic problems over two days of competition, with points awarded for how quickly their coded solution runs against large data inputs.

Irish Teen Problem Solvers Win World Bronze in India

Team Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad 2016

Four young Irish language code-breakers have proved themselves among the world’s best problem solvers at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Mysore, India. The Irish secondary school students, sponsored and tutored by the Science Foundation Ireland funded ADAPT Centre, have won a bronze medal and two Honourable Mention awards at the event, which concluded on 29 July 2016.

Claire O’Connor (17) of St. Louis' High School, Rathmines, Dublin beat off competition from 180 competitors from 30 countries to secure a bronze medal. Dónal Farren (17) of St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and Pádraig Sheehy (16) of Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin won Honourable Mention awards. Just outside the awards was Richard Neville (18) of St. Andrew’s College, Booterstown, Dublin.

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