On Friday, 17th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Fifteen shortlisted projects were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, Fitz Scientific, State Street, and The Mill Enterprise Hub. The overall winners were a team from St Mary’s Diocesan school who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Music and Memory”.

The overall winners of the 2019 Drogheda Young Innovators competition were (from left): Seb Lennon, Matthew Weir, Callum Agnew and Keith Woods from St. Marty’s Diocesan School for their project called Music and Memory which helps people suffering from dementia. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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 sixth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum. Organised by a voluntary group of local business leaders, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business. This year also saw applications from Phase Innovate, a Not for profit Organisation that provides technology entrepreneurship education for the underrepresented communities in tech through hands on training and structured mentoring system.

Over the course of the competition, the winning students from “Music and Memory” visited patients with Alzheimer Disease in Tredagh Lodge Day Care Centre in Drogheda and St Mary’s Nursing Home, and created personalised music playlists for each patient in order to demonstrate the ability of music to combat memory loss and restore a self to those suffering from above disease and dementia. The judges were extremely impressed that the community of Drogheda got behind this initiative by donating unwanted CDs, MP3 players and money through a Go Fund Me page. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland officially recognised “Music and Memory” when their CEO interviewed students on LMFM radio station.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “The Music and Memory project has been a great success and the students are now working with twelve other schools to roll out the concept across the country. This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 65% of applications in the Social Enterprise category, we can see the level of interest from local teenagers in topics like mental health, environment and recycling, which is very inspiring, to say at least. 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”.

“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”, said Anna Keller of Coca-Cola International Services, “We also had 60 students attend a Workshop at The Mill in April which gave students an opportunity to work on their projects and receive real feedback from students and judges. It was great to see last year’s Business category winner, ‘Makes Cents’ from Sacred Heart school return to give an inspiring talk on how they recently launched their teenage prepaid card with support form Prepaid Financial Services in Navan ”.

During the final, Julie Plunkett of Coca-Cola International Services launched their 2019 “Thank You Fund” which offers €100,000 of support for inspirational youth projects across Ireland. Grants of €5,000, €10,000 and €30,000 will be awarded to the winning projects. The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has supported projects including community, social and education programmes aimed at youth, healthy and active lifestyles, and environmental leadership. To date €955,000 has been given to 83 non-profit organisations across the island of Ireland.

 The 2019 winners Drogheda Young Innovators who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Music and Memory” – Overall winner of DYI 2019, St Mary’s Diocesan School
  • “Breagain”– Business Group Category, Ballymakenny College
  • “Randomly Marbled” – Business Individual Category, Drogheda Grammar School
  • “Live My Life” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Phase Innovate
  • “Music and Memory” – Social Enterprise Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
  • “Lives without imagery” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
  • “Mathematical sequences” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills.
The overall winners of the 2019 Drogheda Young Innovators competition were: Seb Lennon, Matthew Weir, Callum Agnew and Keith Woods from St. Mary’s Diocesan School for their project called Music and Memory. They’re pictured with the judges and organisers of the competition. Photo: Andy Spearman.
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On Friday, 11th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 44 applications, were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, State Street, Fitz Scientific, The Mill Enterprise Hub, and Bricks4Kidz Louth. The overall winners were George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins, students at Drogheda Grammar School, who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Storyboard”.

The overall winners of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards 2018, Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School, with their Business teacher Alma Carney. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Storyboards was created by George and Hugo as learning tools used to help people with autism deal with anxiety in everyday life.  They list out the exact steps that are taken when performing everyday tasks or going to new places e.g. going to the barbers. These are currently freely available in the Arc cinema, Southgate Barbers, Drogheda Leisure Park, and in a few other places in Drogheda.

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 fifth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 44 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, Bricks4Kidz, 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”.

Alison Cowzer of East Coast Biscuits speaking at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse was one of the judges, and commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories, and some of the applicants would not be out of place on Dragons’ Den. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.  Alison also told the students to put aside the question of what they want to be in the future, and focus on what they enjoy doing and what they are good at – by doing so, they will truly excel in their future careers and entrepreneurial endeavours.

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 2018 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Storyboard” – Overall winner of DYI 2018, Drogheda Grammar School (George O’Carroll, Hugo Collins)
Lisa Duffy and Karen Lynch from State Street with the Drogheda Young Innovators winners of 2018 George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins
  • “Makes Cents Prepaid Card” – Business Group Category, Sacred Heart
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School reeive an award from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Handii”– Business Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
Peter Toohey (left), Dotun Fatoki and Thomas Metcalfe of St. Mary’s Diocesan School receive the award in the Business Grioup category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project on a contactless payments device called Handii. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Ovea Soap” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills receive the award in the business category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards for their project Ovea Soap from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. Photo: Andy Spearman
  • “Get a girl through a day” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Ciara Clarke and Anna Brodigan from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project, “Get a Girl Through Her Day – Tompack” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Hele-Shaw Cell Experiment” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Sorcha McGeown).
Sorcha McGeown from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with her project “A Hele-Shaw Experiment” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The TY students at Drogheda Grammar School will also receive a workshop from Bricks4Kidz, focusing on STEM using LEGO as a fun and practical way of learning.

“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”, said Anna Keller of Coca-Cola International Services, “We also had 80 students attend a Workshop at The Mill in April which gave students an opportunity to work on their projects and receive real feedback from students and judges”.

“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 “The applicants have already displayed great initiative and innovation, and the DYI project gives them a fantastic opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Kelly Traynor Murphy (left) and Sarah Mannion of Ballymakenny College whose project SAFE was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Annie Byrne (left) and Ailish Carroll from Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer, pictured at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project AA Éadaí. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Reece Mullen, Adam Brady, Oran Kinch and Martin Finnegan from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Electrolock” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards Photo: Andy Spearman.
Dominyka Rimkute of Ballymakenny College at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with her project B&D Candles. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Temi Adeoti (left) and Harriette Flynn of Scared Heart School with their project “Spa-Licious” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Conor Maguire (left) and Barry Johnson of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer with their project “Bits and Bobs” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards.
Robert Keogh (left) and Danila Kolesnik of St. Joseph’s CBS with their “Emergency Locator” project at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
09 – Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project Ovea Soap at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School with their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School whose project “Storyboard” won the top prize at the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
St. Mary’s Diocesan School boys (from left) Seb Lennon, Calum Agnew, Ryan Lannon, Sam Victory, Liam Murphy and James Ospanov at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Face Valu”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sean Savage, Scott Brady and Nathan Campbell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Block chains in the Housing Market”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sacred Heart girls Rachel Callan, Shauna Murphy, Geena Gray and Eva Loftus with their project “Achieve” which is a multi-sports handbook, at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub have teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. DIFE students have an opportunity to win three months free hotdesk at The Mill, and additional mentoring support, by completing a short application outlining their potential business.

According to Breanndán Casey, manager at The Mill, “This is a great opportunity for students to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business in an inspiring entrepreneurial environment. The Mill currently has 30 companies employing circa 80 people. The winners will avail of a hotdesk, access to meeting rooms, high speed broadband, and support from The Mill Board”

Drogheda Institute of Further Education is the largest provider of PLC courses in the North East region. Their aim is to provide Further Education courses which are of the highest quality to school leavers, and adults returning to education.

Barbara Cooney, Deputy Principal of DIFE commented “We offer almost forty courses in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are fully accredited by QQI and all relevant professional examining bodies.  Our diverse courses range across the following faculties: Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Community & Health Care, Applied Science. These courses can offer an ideal stepping stone to self-employment, and we’re delighted to work with The Mill on this initiative. The benefits to students include an ideal way to build their business network; develop their social skills, step out of their comfort zone, work on self-motivation commitment and reliability, and attend free networking events”.

The Mill will also put students in contact with their business partners, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce.

Application Form – DIFE Hotdesk Competition

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Watch our latest video of the DYI workshop in The Mill on Wednesday, 11th April. Excellent projects, very inspiring! The best of luck to all candidates, final on 11 May in Coca-Cola (Southgate). pic.twitter.com/sYAC3gg5ag

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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 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, https://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: https://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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