The BT Young Scientist Awards is not just a competition that showcases the most innovative students from across the country, it is a platform that can skyrocket their careers.
That competition, which began in 1965, saw hundreds of students walk through its doors, taking the world of science and technology by storm.
As the much-anticipated exhibition for the 2022 competition begins almost tomorrow morning, we took a look at some of the winners over the years to see where they are now.
John Monahan (1965)
The first winner of the Young Scientist competition was John Monahan who took the top prize in 1965 by building a working model of the human stomach.
After winning the competition, he made a stellar career as a biotech entrepreneur.
After completing his degree in science at UCD, he moved to the US, earned a PhD, and founded his own biopharmaceutical company called Avigen Inc. in the 1990s.
In 2014, Silicon Republic reported that he is now semi-retired and serves on the boards of several US and Irish-based biotech companies.
Sarah Barthelet (Flanary) (1999)
In 1999, Corkonian won the top prize in the competition for his project on cryptography.
He made headlines around the world for his project at the age of just 16.
He created the Kelly–Purser algorithm based on the work of cryptographer Michael Purser, with additional nomenclature from mathematician Arthur Kelly.
This algorithm is now a public-key cryptography algorithm and has skyrocketed Ms. Barthelet to success.
She won the top prize at the EU Young Scientist Awards and two years later wrote a book with her father, David, called in code Where he shared his experience building algorithms and his love for math and coding.
Adnan Usmani (2003)
The Mullinger native and winner of the 2003 BT Young Scientist now works for Google Chrome as an engineer and is an internet star in his own right.
He has a Youtube show called Thorough Tooling Tips An impressive 285k followers on the Google Chrome Developers Channel and on Twitter.
Patrick Clash (2005)
In 2005, the Limerick native won the competition at the age of 16 for his project called Chroma: A New Dialect of Lisp Programming.
For the contest, I created a new programming language for the Internet that writes a code to instruct a computer to do something, a new form of Lisp programming that had been invented years earlier.
Creating this program would be the key to his success, and just three years later he moved to the US and sold his first software company, which he had built with his brother John, Automatic, for €3m.
Now the billionaire brothers invented Stripe, a software that allows businesses to accept and manage payments online. Some of the biggest companies in the world, including Google and Amazon, use the software.
Due to its incredible success, the Collision Brothers are two of the richest people in Ireland, each worth an estimated €11.5bn, and were coveted in the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Alexander Amini (2011)
In 2011, Alexander Amini won the BT Young Scientist for his tennis sensor data analysis, and he took the top prize at the EU Young Scientist competition in Helsinki.
He was only 15 when he won the award for his project, which tracked a tennis player’s orientation, speed and shot habits via sensors worn by the player.
The judges said that at 95 pc accuracy, its accuracy was significantly higher than other similar techniques.
Mr. Amini is now a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has been named as the world’s top university for 12 years.
He is studying computer science and artificial intelligence and has been involved in several AI projects that have received worldwide media coverage.
In his biography on the MIT website he says: “The object of my research To develop the science and engineering of autonomy and its applications for safe decision making for autonomous agents.
“My vision is a world with adaptive autonomous agents capable of interacting in complex, uncertain and extreme scenarios, supporting people with cognitive and physiological functions.”