Transition year students in the nine Drogheda-based secondary schools (including Dunleer and Laytown) will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2018 Drogheda Young Innovator competition.

08/02/2018 Pictured at the Launch of the Drogheda Young Innovator’s Programme, 2018, at The Mill – Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub were girls from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (from left) Last year’s winner Blathnaid Murphy, Olivia Butler, Victoria Fabijaniak, Ellen Hickey, Emma O’Brien, Louisa Keller, Eleanor McHugh and Alicia Boland. Behind are Ruth Savage the Enterprise teacher at Greenhills, Adele Ryan and Steve Rees of Bricks4Kidz, Cormac Bohan of State Street, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Patrick Dermody of Coca-Cola International Srevices. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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Now in it’s 4th year, the 2018 competition was launched on Thursday February 8th, in the new conference facilities at The Mill; Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub.

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s 2nd level students to think about an innovating career in science & technology, social enterprise, or business. The competition is supported by local innovative companies such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse and Fitz Scientific.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on April 11th in The Mill Enterprise Centre, where they can get real time feedback on their projects from the judges and other students. The final will take place at Coca Cola’s Southgate office.

There are 3 main categories – Science / Technology, Enterprise / Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be cash prizes for group and individuals in each category, and one overall winner. Applications for the Young Scientist and the Student Enterprise competition will be eligible to apply.

Blathnaid from Our Lady’s College in Greenhills scooped the top award in 2017, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

“Recognising & rewarding our young innovators is a big deal. We want to encourage and reward Drogheda’s best young innovators. We want Drogheda to be proud of its science, business and social innovators”, said Breanndan Casey of The Mill at launch. “I fully expect some of these students to be establishing businesses in The Mill in the next decade, and building on our rich heritage of innovation”

Winners will be announced in May 2018.

Further details are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com .

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As part of the M1 Payments Corridor initiative, The Mill and partners has been working with local teenagers on a Digital Payments Dojo for the past year. It is a fun and exciting project relating to payments and payments technology that allows the group to develop their skills in Coding, Project management, and Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

Impacts to date include:

– Development of Digital Payments Info website, http://bit.ly/DigitalPaymentsInfo

– Fortnightly meetings where teenagers work on projects

– Visit to MasterCard Centre of Excellence

– Presentation at Paypal on Blockchain as part of Louth LEO Enterprise week in March 2017

The next stage is to create and develop an App related to digital payments. However, we need additional support from mentors to realise this ambition. The Dojo-ers have the raw talent, but need some assistance from experienced app developers.

The Dojo-ers will make a short presentation outlining their achievements to date, and what they plan to achieve in coming year. Please register to attend, and find out more about becoming a mentor: http://bit.ly/2BPkrGT.

The second half of the session will include a facilitated workshop amongst Dojo-ers and attendees on how we want the Dojo to develop, and a look at some of the technical opportunities of developing a Payments App.

M1 Payments Corridor is a key part of the Government’s NorthEast Action Plan for Jobs which proposes the creation of a ‘digital payments hub’ along the M1 economic corridor with the potential to create hundreds of sustainable new jobs. It is an industry grouping of ePayments / Fintech companies, and allied stakeholders (IDA, EI, DCU, DKIT, Louth Economic Forum), promoted by The Mill, that serves the wider geographic M1 corridor in a Fintech vertical known as ePayments. Industry members of the M1 Steering Group include Vesta, PayPal, State Street, Aphix Software, Yapstone, and Coca-Cola International Services.

Date: Saturday, 10 February

Time: 11:00 – 14:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Greenhills, Drogheda

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M1PC has hosted and facilitated a Coder DoJo relating to payments and payments technology. The Project provides teenage participants with different skills, including coding, project management, and digital communication (graphics, video & social media).  To date, the Dojo-ers have created  a website, bit.ly/DigitalPaymentsInfo , that examines the future of Payments and how  young people will interact with financial services firms/payments in the future. Their next project will be a Payments App.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyte programme.

Session details:

1. “Problem Solving and Creativity” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Idea generation” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Digital Marketing” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

 

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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About Ignyte

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyte programme.

Session details:

1. “Problem Solving and Creativity” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Idea generation” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Social Media Tips and Tricks” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

 

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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About IgnyteIgnyte avatar

IgnYte is a 6-week youth entrepreneurship programme run for unemployed young people in the Drogheda area. The programme wil focus on entrepreneurship skills for those wishing to start their own business or develop a career pathway for themselves based on their passions and interests. Course content will include soft skill development (problem solving, goal setting, leadership), creative exercises (brainstorming, idea development) and business skills (IT skills, project planning, business plans).

Taster Sessions

In order to aid with the promotion of the programme, we have developed 3 taster sessions prior to the full programme’s commencement. These sessions are designed to give potential participants a flavour of the content and methodology employed in the full Ignyre programme.

Session details:

1. “Problem Solving and Creativity” (18th September, 10am – 1pm)

2. “Idea generation” (25th September, 10am – 1pm)

3. “Social Media Tips and Tricks” (2nd October, 10am – 1pm)

Each participant is allowed to attend as many sessions as they like.

 

Application form for IgnYte  six-week course

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On Friday, 12th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s Centre of Innovation. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 100 applications, were reviewed in details by the judges. The overall winner was Blathnaid Murphy, a student at Our Lady’s College, Greeenhills, who impressed judges with her business, “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”. Blathnaid, at twelve years of age, is the youngest winner of the DYI competition.

The judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition were (from left): Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Cody’s Brewery, Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse, Cormac Bohan of State Street and Sean McEntee of The Mill Enterprise Hub.

Prizes were also awarded in each of the three categories (Science/Technology, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries. This is the fourth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with circa 100 applications, it’s fair to say that Innovation is alive and well in Drogheda. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, and Fitz Scientific to visit all nine schools in the region to highlight the innovation that is currently occurring locally, and to ensure that students have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles”.

Over 50 students had an opportunity to question a panel of local innovators including Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse / Dragon’s Den, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific, Cormac Bohan of State Street, and Sean MacEntee of The Mill Enterprise on starting and growing a business, and how to ensure that innovation remains a focal point of your business. Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I can see how the judges had an extremely difficult process to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.

Organised by a voluntary group of local business people, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The 2017 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties” – Overall winner of DYI 2017, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Blathnaid Murphy).
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s, Greenhills, the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with her company “Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties” receives her awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Cody’s Brewery. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “YAMA music portfolio” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls students Emma O’Brien and Eleanor McHugh whose project ‘Yama Portfolio’ won an award in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
  • “Daisy’s Pawsome Bowties”– Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s, Greenhills, who won the Individual Business category and was also the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition speaks about her company “Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties” at the presentation ceremony at East Coast Bakehouse.
  • “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Scoil Uí Mhuiri (Patrick Dorian)
Patrick Dorian of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer who won first prize in the Social Enterprise Individual category of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with his project “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” receives his award from sponsors Alison Cowzer of East Coast Bakehouse and Cormac Bohan of State Street.
  • “Totem” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Drogheda Grammar School
Matthew O’Loughlin (left) Kaan Mese and Obefemi William Funmilayo of Drogheda Grammar School with their project called “Totem” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
  • “The antimicrobial potential of tree bark extracts” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Niamh Ann Kelly)
The winner of the Individual Science section of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition, Niamh Kelly of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, is presented with her award by Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific.
  • “Edible insects for sustainable future” – Science Group Category, St. Oliver’s Community College

“It was great to have the diverse range of ideas this year, and more importantly, to see how the students have worked on their ideas over the past three months”, says Sean MacEntee, a Director at The Mill Enterprise Centre, “We also had 80 students attend the Innovation Workshop at Coca-Cola in March which gave students an opportunity to work on the innovation process.

“We expect at least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “Blathnaid has already won a National Student Enterprise Award, and is the youngest winner of this competition. In the future, I’ve no doubt that these students will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. This project gives them an opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Stephen Finnegan, Sean Savage and Ben Tracey from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their mini company “Custom Crafts” at the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) final.
Matthew Lenehan (left) and James Ludlow from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose company M&J Displays won through to the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Andrew McCormack from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose project Mac Crafts was in the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Andrejs Telica and Matthew O’Connell from St. Mary’s Diocesan School whose project AM Productions with Cormac Bohan of State Street who was one of the judges at the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Seb Lennon and Calum Agnew of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “40 licks” was in the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Alex Finnegan and Ryan Farrell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “AR Crafts” at the final of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Jack Bogue and Dylan Gallagher of St. Mary’s Diocesan School tell Geoff Fitzpatrick, one of the judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition, about their project called “Scentsational”.
Christopher Healy and Connor Brennan of St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Common Scents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Patrick Dorian of Scoil Uí Mhuiri, Dunleer with his project “Help Bees – Throw Seeds” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Jamie Winter, Nick Callan and Adam Callanan of Scoil Uí Mhuiri, Dunleer with their project “Pro Teen” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Blathnaid Murphy of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, who was the overall winner of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition with her Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties mini company.
Matthew O’Loughlin (left) Kaan Mese and Obefemi William Funmilayo of Drogheda Grammar School with their project called “Totem” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Drogheda Grammar School girls Megan Semple, Carly Gallagher and Alex O’Callaghan with their project Flash Photobooth at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Greenhills girls Jennifer Milne, Lana O’Connor, Laura Doorly, Rebecca McCullough and Katelyn Teelan with their project called “Bandit” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Amy McGuire of Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls, with canine friend Doggie Denz at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls student Niamh Kelly explains her project entitled “The Antimicrobial Potential of Tree Bark Extracts” to Sean McEntee, one of the judges of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
Our Lady’s College, Greenhillls students Emma O’Brien and Eleanor McHugh whose project “Yama Portfolio” was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) competition.
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Transition year students in the nine Drogheda-based secondary schools (including Dunleer and Laytown) will have a chance to put their innovation skills to the test and win the 2017 Drogheda Young Innovators competition.

The winners of last year’s Drogheda Young Innovators competition, Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School, pictured at the launch of the 2017 competition with their business teacher Michelle McEneaney (right), Margaret Woods of Coca-Cola International Services, one of the sponsors, and Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill, Drogheda's Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The winners of last year’s Drogheda Young Innovators competition, Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School, pictured at the launch of the 2017 competition with their business teacher Michelle McEneaney (right), Margaret Woods of Coca-Cola International Services, one of the sponsors, and Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager at The Mill, Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Now in its 3rd year, the 2017 competition was launched on Thursday January 19th, in the new conference facilities at The Mill; Drogheda’s Enterprise Hub.

Organised by a voluntary group of teachers and local business people, the competition challenges Drogheda’s 2nd level students to think about an innovating career in science & technology, social enterprise, or business. The competition is supported by local innovative companies such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse and Fitz Scientific.

Students and teachers from local schools with sponsors and organisers at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Students and teachers from local schools with sponsors and organisers at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Applicants will attend an Innovation workshop on March 2nd at Coca-Cola’s Southgate office which will look at divergent & convergent methods of thinking in identifying and defining innovative ideas. The final will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s Innovation Centre in Drogheda.

There are 3 main categories – Science / Technology, Enterprise / Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be cash prizes for group and individuals in each category, and one overall winner. Applications for the Young Scientist and the Student Enterprise competition will be eligible to apply.

Drogheda Grammar School scooped the top award in 2016 with its team of three – Simon Radike, Cian Mc Grady and Charlie Kinsella. They started Flashdiscs, a company developing & selling leaving certificate revision material on audio CDs.

“Recognising & rewarding our young innovators is a big deal. We want to encourage and reward Drogheda’s best young innovators. We want Drogheda to be proud of its science, business and social innovators”, said Breanndan Casey of The Mill at launch. “I fully expect some of these students to be establishing businesses in The Mill in the next decade, and building on our rich heritage of innovation”

Winners will be announced in May 2017.

Further details are on www.droghedayounginnovators.com.

Pictured at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub were: Back row, from left: Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School (last year’s winners) Sean Rice and Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS, Danny Onijanwa and Barry Tiernan of St. Oliver’s Community College and Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Front row, from left: Charley McKenna, Caoimhe Doyle and Anna Savage of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Brian Jackson, Laureen Ayson and Rosie Kelly of Ballymakenny College and Grainne Murray of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Pictured at the launch of the Drogheda Young Innovators 2017 competition at the Mill Enterprise Hub were: Back row, from left: Cian McGrady McGuirk and Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School (last year’s winners) Sean Rice and Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS, Danny Onijanwa and Barry Tiernan of St. Oliver’s Community College and Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer.
Front row, from left: Charley McKenna, Caoimhe Doyle and Anna Savage of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Brian Jackson, Laureen Ayson and Rosie Kelly of Ballymakenny College and Grainne Murray of Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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cdroundelwithtextbelowltbgOn Friday, 4th November, a group of 15 students paid a visit to the Central Bank of Ireland in Dublin, and met engineers from Mastercard, who introduced the coders to the brand new payments technologies out there. This field trip enabled all participants to gather necessary information for the Payments Dojo project, which has commenced at the Bank of Ireland Drogheda branch in partnership with The Mill.

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The first Payments Dojo took place in the Bank of Ireland on Saturday, 8th October, with 15 students attending the introductory session and sharing ideas on the project. The theme of the new dojo is Digital and we are planning to run a fun and exciting new project relating to payments and payments technology over the coming six months. This follows our recent National ePayments Conference on September 2nd, and our on-going championing of www.M1PaymentsCorridor.com .

What Is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

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