Talk:Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

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Most of the winners aren't especially interesting in themselves, but I think there's more content to add about Sarah Flannery. If memory serves, the press got very excited about her cryptographic innovation. Subsequently, other researchers (I think including herself) discovered there were some major flaws in it (such is always the way with cryptography) and fixing those flaws obviated her method's speed advantage. If someone who knows what actually occurred: I think that would make an interesting addition. Thanks. -- Finlay McWalter 17:00, 9 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Her project used a different method (involving matrices) than the RSA (which uses the difficulty of factoring large numbers) which was faster than the RSA. Unfortunately the algorithm she developed wasn't secure enough to replace the RSA. As regards most of the winners not being especially interesting in themselves I agree. There isn't really any point in adding to the list indefinitely it would make more sense just to keep the last 6, so in January after the next competition the 1998 winner can be removed and the new winner added. -- Markcollinsx
There's no reason to remove the old winners - we should just keep adding onto the list. We have all the popes, all the holy roman emperors, and there's no cost in keeping them all (Wikipedia is not paper). And you never know - one of the old ones might win a Nobel Prize, or horribly murder someone :) -- Finlay McWalter 18:50, 9 Nov 2003 (UTC)

By the way it will be the 40th anniversary of the Esat Young Scientist Exhibition in January; probably cause to expand on article a bit after that exhibition. Markcollinsx 04:20, 10 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Improper redirection corrected[edit]

Someone redirected "Sarah Flannery" to this article. I can not see any reason for that since the former is a name of someone and this article is on exhibition. Tried to kill the redirect, but it got kind of frustrating figuring how to go around it. Redirction has been corrected.

The same is true for 'David O'Doherty'. Since David O'Doherty is also the name of a comedian (and was nominated for the if.comeddies this year) this redirect needs to be eliminated. I'm not sure how to go about doing it.

External links broken[edit]

The three project summary links do not work-any idea where the content may have gone? John 22:02, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Sponsors of exhibition[edit]

Should we add a redirection page for Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition? The sponsors have changed quite a bit in the last decade or so - many years ago it was regularly sponsored by Aer Lingus. Autarch 19:52, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

Until 1997 (not that long ago) it was always sponsored by Aer Lingus XTarget 23:45, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

The name of the article[edit]

I think you should change the name of the article to Irish Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, as Young Scientist competitions are held in many European countries, and of course, there is the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.

Or "BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (Ireland)"? XTarget 23:44, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Various things[edit]

Firstly the 2007 winner needs to added. I'll do that myself tomorrow. Second I think that the "gold sponsors": Intel, Ananlog Devices, Discove Science and Engineering and, as of 2007, RTE need a mentioning, as well as BT. A more indepth description of the competiton. I'll do all of this later, if its a good idea

XTarget 23:42, 12 January 2007 (UTC)


  • 2010: Richard O'Shea (aged 18) from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney, won for his project entitled "A biomass-fired cooking stove for developing countries", in which he built a wood-burning stove out of simple materials and tools which is much more efficient than previous models and as a consequence produced very little smoke.
  • 2009: Liam McCarthy and John D. O'Callaghan, 13 and 14 years of age respectively and 2nd year students from Kinsale Community School, Co. Cork with their groundbreaking test to establish the health of cattle using washing up liquid titled The development of a convenient test method for somatic cell count and its importance in milk production won the overall award 2009 BT Young Scientist. They are the first group in recent years to win the overall prize. Their school also won the most awards that year, receiving 8 in total (including 4 category firsts apart from the over all) and 3 special awards.
  • 2008: Emer Jones from Presentation Secondary School, Tralee, became the youngest ever person to win the competition with her project Research and Development of Emergency Sandbag Shelters at the age of 13. Interestingly, Emer's father is a lecturer in structural engineering[1]. She has gone on to represent Ireland at the EU contest for young scientists in Copenhagen in September 2008.
  • 2006: Aisling Judge (14) a second year student from Kinsale Community School was awarded the overall title for her project The development and evaluation of a biological food spoilage indicator. She became the first junior category winner in the history of the competition. In her project she produced a microbiological food quality indicator to enable the public determine how fresh a food is regardless of its storage conditions. Judge competed in the 18th EU Contest for Young Scientists in Stockholm and although she competed against many students who were in university and was the youngest competitor, she won third place.
  • 2005: Patrick Collison from Castletroy College, Limerick was the winner of the competition for his project Croma: a new dialect of Lisp. His project produced a new programming language designed for making web pages. The name Croma is an anagram of macro, which is a central part of the language. He went on to take second place at the 17th European Contest for Young Scientists in Moscow. At the age of 19, Collison, together with his brother John, sold their software company Auctomatic for €3 million. [2]
  • 2004: Ronan Larkin from Synge Street CBS, Dublin, was the winner of the competition for his project Generalised Continued Fractions. His project concerned new techniques for solving difficult mathematical equations.
  • 2003: Adnan Osmani was the winner for his project The graphical technological and user-friendly advancement of the Internet browser: XWebs. His project involved the development of a new networking socket and web browser that enabled faster Internet access even with an ordinary modem, and without compressing data either.Adnan is awaiting a patent pending on his invention which was filed for in 2003.
  • 2002: David Michael O'Doherty, a student of Gonzaga College, was the winner for his project The Distribution of the Primes and the Underlying Order to Chaos. He is now a mathematics undergraduate in the University of Cambridge. His prize was for research into the second Hardy–Littlewood conjecture, an unsolved problem in number theory which concerns the number of primes in intervals.
  • 2001: Peter Taylor, Shane Browne and Michael O'Toole were winners for their project Investigating symmetrical shapes formed by polygons. They solved a problem in geometry concerning how regular polygons can be arranged into circular patterns of optimum symmetry.
  • 2000: Thomas Gernon was the winner for his project The Geography and Mathematics of Europe’s Urban Centres. This was the first time in the competition's 36-year history that a Social & Behavioural Sciences project won the top award. Gernon is currently lecturer of geology at Trinity College Dublin. In 2004, he graduated with First Class Honours in Geology from University College Dublin, and went on to complete a Ph.D. at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol. His research on the dynamics of volcanic eruptions has taken him from diamond mines in Botswana and Arctic Canada, to many active volcanoes around the world, including those of Iceland, Italy, Greece and Far Eastern Siberia.
  • 1999: Sarah Flannery was the winner for her project Cryptography - A new algorithm versus the RSA. She researched a new cryptographic algorithm, the Cayley–Purser algorithm, involving matrix algebra which was faster than the RSA (which depends on the difficulty in factoring large integers). Flannery leapt to fame as the speed improvements attracted the attention of the press. Subsequent study showed that the algorithm, while faster, was not secure enough to replace the RSA. She wrote a book on her algorithm and number theory in general called "In Code: A Mathematical Journey" (ISBN 0-7611-2384-9). Sarah Flannery's project also received a first prize at the 11th European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Thessaloniki, Greece. Flannery gained a BA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 2003. She worked for Wolfram Research for a period and in 2006 is working with the EA Software Company in California.
  • 1998: Raphael Hurley was the winner of the competition for his project The Mathematics of Monopoly. In his project he determined a system for optimally selecting properties in the board game Monopoly, based on the probability of a player landing on those properties. He gained a BSc (Hons) Joint Honours in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from University College Cork in 2005. In February 2006 he was named UCC Graduate of the Year.
Leave here for now. --candlewicke 10:40, 17 January 2010 (UTC)