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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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.

codingThe Mill Enterprise Hub (Drogheda Young Innovators), CoderDojo Drogheda, and Bank of Ireland are looking for 13 to 17 year olds interested in having fun whilst working on a technology–lead project. No previous IT skills are needed, as we have mentors to work with you.

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.

This project will have mentors / participants with different skills, including Coding, Project management, Digital communication (graphics, video & social media).

For example, it will take one set of skills to set up a website or app, and then it will take a very different set of skills to generate content (text, graphics, animation & video) and publicise the website or app.

There will be a competition with a cash award next year, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to build technology skills and participate in a substantial project before you leave school!

bank-of-irelandpng-1The first Dojo will be held in the Bank of Ireland on St. Laurence Street from 11:30am to 1:00pm on Saturday 8th October.

Please phone Anna at The Mill on 041-9802444, or email admin@themilldrogheda.ie to confirm your free place, or to ask any questions. 

DYI logoOn Thursday, 12th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition Final for transition year students took place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Centre of Innovation. Twenty-one projects were shortlisted from the initial 52 applications, and prizes were awarded in each of the three categories (Science, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries, and one overall competition prize. This is the third year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation.

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Geoff Fitzpatrick, the Founder of Drogheda Young Innovators; Photo by: Andy Spearman

Over 50 students heard businesswoman, and Dragon from RTE’s Dragon’s Den, Alison Cowzer, speak on Innovation, and the process of creating a new biscuit production facility. Alison is co-founder and Marketing / Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland’s only large scale biscuit manufacturing business, based in Drogheda. Alison told the students that they should be proud of their achievements, and that, based on her conversations with them, she was confident that many of them will have significant achievements in the future, “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories. The standard is very high, and I’m not surprised that the judges found it so difficult to pick the winners. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”

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Alison Cowzer, Co-founder and Marketing/ Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse; Photo by: Andy Spearman

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

The winners include:

  • “Flashdiscs” – Overall winner of DYI 2016, Drogheda Grammar School
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Simon Raike, Cian McGrady McGuiness, Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “Goaty Goodness” – Business Group Category, Scoil Uí Mhuirí, Dunleer
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Grainne Murray, Leah Cassidy, Courtney Dowling of Scoil Ui Mhuiri; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “First Year Starter Pack” – Business Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Grenhills.
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Caoimhe Doyle of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “BMC Digital Workshop” – Social Enterprise Individual Category, Ballymakenny College
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Rosie Kelly, Laureen Ayson, & Brian Jackson of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “How You Doin’?” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Ballymakenny College
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Rosie Kelly, Laureen Ayson of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “Investigation of Glitter Paths” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
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Aoife Leddy of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “Puppy Planner” – Individual Science Category, St. Joseph’s CBS
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Ryan Sands of St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
  • “A Comparative Study of invertebrates that inhabit tree bark at night” – Group Science Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
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Anna Savage, Charley McKenna of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has been a success over the past few years”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being supported by some innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community”.

This format of the competition changed this year which resulted in a higher number of applications, and greater support for local innovative companies. In March,  more than 80 students attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

Previous DYI winners Elle Loughran and Anna Mc Evoy of Our Lady’s College Greenhills have both represented Drogheda and Ireland abroad in various youth entrepreneurship initiatives. In January 2016 Elle Loughran launched her own website www.tigertunity.com which aims to help second and third-level students to find work opportunities, scholarships and competitions. She also attended the Outbox Incubator programme in London last August for females making a valuable contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

“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 “We want to encourage them and reward their enterprise. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community.”

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Simon Raike, Cian McGrady McGuiness, Charlie Kinsella of Drogheda Grammar School; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Tara Fox of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Péarse Rice, Tadhg O’Reilly, Sean Rice an Christian Shaw from St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Cian Fitzpatrick and Darren Morgan of St. Joseph’s CBS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Holly Langan of Coláiste na hInse; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Ebipade Fufeyin, Momil Amante, Jesssica Odia of Ballymakenny College; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Conor Whearty and his team of St. Mary’s DS; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Seoda Matthews and Jessica McGrane of Scoil Ui Mhuiri; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Connor Curtis of Coláiste na hInse; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Rónán Boyle of Coláiste na hInse; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Sarah Meegan & Nicole Doherty of Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Meadhbh Mansfield & Claudia McKenna of Our Ladys College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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Winners from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills; Photo by: Andy Spearman
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On March 3rd 2016 more than 80 students from Drogheda, Dunleer and Laytown, attended an Innovation Workshop organised by the Coca-Cola International Services team in Drogheda. The transition year students availed of an opportunity to work on their ideas for the Drogheda Young Innovators competition, and to practice some divergent and convergent thinking as part of the brainstorming process.

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Breanndan Casey (BDM at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Anna Keller (Coca-Cola International Services), Ellen Pender (TY student, speaker at Coca-Cola Workshop), Colin Guilfoyle (Nebula Interactive), Geoff Fitzpatrick (Organizator and Co-ordinator of the DYI competition)
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Students from St.Joseph’s CBS

According to Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services, “We hope that the workshop opened students’ eyes and minds to new ways of thinking, and will act as an idea generator for applying to the DYI Competition. “Innovation is crucial to the success of Coca-Cola, and after the workshop, all of the local Coca-Cola International Services team commented on the ingenuity, enthusiasm, and creativity of the students. Judging by the quality of material at the workshop, we’ve no doubt that the Drogheda region is producing future business and social leaders which we can be proud of”

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Breanndán Casey (BDM of The Mill Enterprise Hub), Sean Mac Entee (Project Manager at The Mill Enterprise Hub), Geoff Fitzpatrick (organizator and co-ordinator of the Drogheda Young Innovators programme)

The guest speakers included Ellen Pender, a Transition Year student, who discussed the benefits of attending CoderDojo sessions and her interest in technology and science. She impressed attendees with her focus on how technology can be easily learned by teenagers, and used to further improve their lives. Colin Guilfoyle, the founder of Drogheda-based company, Nebula Interactive, gave a presentation on the games and apps which have been developed in Drogheda, his route to becoming self-employed, and how an interest in gaming and technology has benefited his career, and assisted in the innovation process that he has adopted in his day-to-day business activities.

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has allowed us an opportunity to develop the innovation mind-set amongst local transition year students ”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being developed and supported by innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community. This workshop was a great opportunity for students to hear how Coca-Cola has maintained, and developed it’s innovative thinking over the last 130 years”.

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Brainstorming by students from St.Olivers CC

“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Jack Codys Brewery. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their initiative across the Business, Science, and Social Entrepreneurship categories. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community. The final of the competition will take place at East Coast Bakehouse’s new Innovation Centre in May”

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Students from St. Mary’s Diocesan School

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Students from Ballymakenny College
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Students from Grammar School
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Students from Colaiste na hInse
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Students from St Mary’s Diocesan School
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DYI volunteers from Coca-Cola International Services
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Drogheda Young Innovators logo logoDrogheda’s Transition Year Students have the chance to come up with the next great invention that will change the world, make them famous, or even enable them to become multi-billionaires. The 2016 “Drogheda Young Innovators” Competition was launched on 8th February, and applications are now being accepted from all seven secondary schools in Drogheda, and from schools in Dunleer and Laytown.

Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.  Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer Photo-Jenny Matthews

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

“The Drogheda Young Innovators competition has been a success over the past few years”, says Breanndán Casey, the BDM of The Mill Enterprise Centre, “This year the programme is being supported by some innovative local companies, such as State Street, Coca-Cola International Services , East Coast Bakehouse, Fitz Scientific, Paycheck Plus, and Mor Solutions. It is great to see local companies showing their support to youth entrepreneurship projects in Drogheda, and fantastic that we can highlight innovation that is taking place every day in our community”.

Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.  Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer, St Josephs and Greenhills. Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Breanndain Casey of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and representatives from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Dunleer, St Josephs and Greenhills.
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Anna Keller, Business Systems Director, Coca-Cola International Services said “We are delighted to be involved with such an innovative local project. The Drogheda Young Innovators competition is a chance for the young people in Drogheda and the surrounding area to really let their creative ideas shine.” Anna added: “Coca-Cola will be hosting an innovation workshop for the participating students on Thursday, 3rd March at our offices in Southgate, Drogheda. We hope that the workshop will open student’s eyes and minds to new ways of thinking and act as an idea generator for applying to the DYI Competition”.

There are 3 main categories – Science & Technology, Enterprise & Business, and Social Enterprise. There will be prizes in each category for both individual and team entries and one overall competition prize. Applications close on 16th March, and winners will be announced at the end of April.

Previous winners of the Drogheda Young Innovators Competition, Elle Loughran and Anna Mc Evoy of Our Lady’s College, have represented Drogheda and Ireland abroad in various youth entrepreneurship initiatives. In January 2016 Elle Loughran launched her own website which aim is to help second and third-level students to find work opportunities, scholarships and competitions, http://www.tigertunity.com. She also attended the Outbox Incubator programme in London last August for females making a valuable contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).

Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators.  Breanndain Casey and Sean McEntee of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Elle Loughran, 2015 Winner from Greenhills School. Photo-Jenny Matthews
Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Breanndain Casey and Sean McEntee of The Mill, Eddie Carey of Coca Cola, Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific and Elle Loughran, 2015 Winner from Greenhills School.
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Launch of Drogheda Young Innovators. Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific.
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“At least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “We want to encourage them and reward their enterprise. In the future, they will be employing people in Drogheda and making a very positive contribution to the local economy and community.”

For more information please visit www.droghedayounginnovators.com or follow DYI on Twitter – @DYInnovate, and https://www.facebook.com/DroghedaYoungInnovators.

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On Friday 15th May, eighteen students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Our Lady’s College Greenhills and Coláiste na hInse Secondary School attended the Prize-giving Ceremony hosted at The Mill Enterprise Hub.

Drogheda Young Innovators is a competition to reward and promote innovation amongst secondary school students in Drogheda. This is the second year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation. The awards were established by serial entrepreneur Geoff Fitzpatrick, in partnership with The Mill.

Applications from individuals and groups were judged in three categories:

  • Science and Technology ; a technical or scientific innovation
  • Enterprise / Business ; a new business idea
  • Social Enterprise ; a non-profit innovation that will change our society

Two individual and four group winners were chosen, with an overall winner, Elle Loughran from Our Lady’s College, receiving a cash prize of €300 for her Science project ‘Novel graphene functionalization to detect attraction’.

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The other winners include:

  • Niamh Kelly (Our Lady’s College) – Social Enterprise Individual Winner with the project “An investigation of mathematical concepts and connections in a garden”;

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  • Orla Molloy and Neasa Early (Our Lady’s College) – Science Group Winners with their project on “Mathematical analysis of number patterns in winning draws in the national lottery”;

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  • Lucy Murray, Aoife Mc Auley, Sean Mortalo and Alanna Hogan (Coláiste na hInse) – Business Group Winners with their project “Dear Santa”.

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  • Ben Penthony, Kevin Doyle, Dylan O’Rourke and Thomas Monk (St. Mary’s) – Business Group Winners with their project “The Chopping Board Co”.

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  • Leighton Egan, Ben Mooney, Killian Kierans, Darragh Beirth, Dean Gunnery, and Lee Mc Guiness (Coláiste na hInse) – Social Enterprise Group Winners with their project “Cosy Capall”.

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Last year’s winner, Anna McEvoy from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, picking up a major award in the biggest school’s science competition in the world. 17-year-old Anna was awarded both a second place award in the Plant Sciences category as well as a Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science First Award at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which was attended by approximately 1,700 young scientists selected from 422 affiliate fairs in more than 75 countries.

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Ignyte avatarIt’s not everyday that a Louth Team has success in Croke Park!

Well the last week of May 2015 saw a very successful outcome for The Mill’s 2nd IgnYte programme participants.

Maria McCabe & Mary Aylward gave a very moving explanation of how the recently developed Access App came about & how it is likely to improve the quality of lives for all wheelchair users.

The event was the culmination of weeks of hard work – with the YSI run ‘Youth in the Community’ initiative coming to a successful conclusion.

Certificates were presented to all 8 participants as well as to project leader Sean MacEntee. All that now remains is for the Irish Wheelchair Association to officially approve the App & make it available for use throughout its 56 nationwide offices. Well done to all who participated in the YSI managed  project as well as to the YSI organisation itself for including The Mill IgnYte programme in this very successful initiative.

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)
28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs (Additional information available from Young Social Innovators) 28.5.15. Dublin. Croke Park. Young Social Innovators Speak Out and Graduation, Youth in the Community Pilot, supported by the Health Service Executive. ©Photo by Derek Speirs
(Additional information available from Young Social Innovators)

 

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