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ESB Creative Tech Fest 2018 Thank you so much for coming!

The 2018 ESB Creative Tech Fest took place this year at The Foundry, Google Dublin and what an event it was! With over 300 young people in attendance from over 70 youth clubs nationwide. They created, invented and inspired through the STEM and Digital Creativity awards, the huge range of workshops available and exhibitions that were on offer. Here's a taste of this year's event.
ESB is supporting and investing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education in Ireland through our Generation Tomorrow programme. As part of their partnership with Camara Education Ireland, ESB is proud to now be the major sponsor for the annual ESB Creative Tech Fest event.
  • ESB Provided some of the latest VR Technology for young people to get a first-hand experience of what some of their own technicians face day to day in bringing electricity to the country.

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive of the ESB, said "ESB Creative Tech Fest is an incredible showcase of creativity and innovation from young people across the country, and highlights their potential to find creative solutions to the challenges they face today and will face in the future.”

Pat O'Doherty with the ESB Techspacer of the Year 2018 Alicia O'Sullivan

Live electronic music from multi-instrumentalist and rising Irish electronic artist Daithí demonstrated his skills in combining old and new mediums of music.

The NYCI TechSpace STEM in Youth Work Maker Project has trained over 320 educators over the last two years. This education programme, funded by Science Foundation Ireland, was highlighted in the dedicated STEM IN YOUTH WORK AREA at this year event with youth exhibits, STEM workshops, a large-scale conductive circus tightwire, Finnish/Irish makerspace and STEM Racer track. The NYCI STEM IN YOUTH WORK MAKER award went to Mohammed from The Clubhouse, Foróige, Co Dublin. Watch his story to the ESB Creative Tech Fest below...

Pinhole Photography Workshop

Generation Tomorrow which followed Mo's journey to the ESB Creative Tech Fest this year.

Reel Life Science and Cell Explorers Workshop
Foróige TechSpaces celebrated and showcased their new Computer Science (CS) skills as part of a brand new project proudly sponsored by Google.org. Young people created stories in Google CS First coding workshops, invented with the BBC MicroBit and learnt about Computer Science careers for girls at Google.
Some highlights from our Computer Science Hub at this year's ESB Creative Tech Fest
INSPIRATION IN A BOX

2018 saw the introduction of Techspace's Inspiration Box programme. We sent out over 100 Inspiration Boxes to 100 youth organisations!

17 Counties, 66 Volunteers, 111 Techspace Educators, 16 workshops, 48Organisations, 300+ Young People!

Some of the group's that came to this year's ESB Creative Tech Fest including- Carrickmacross Library, Co. Monaghan, Foróige Killybegs, Donegal, Foroige + Quad Centre Roscommon, SWICN Clubhouse-Rainsford Street Dublin 8

James Soper aka The Juggling Scientist giving his keynote talk at ESB Creative Tech Fest.

The Irish language is at the heart of the ESB Creative Tech Fest with bilingual workshops, awards, exhibits and live performances and is open to anyone with the cúpla focal to get involved and express themselves through technology. We were delighted that TG4 could cover the event this year and even provide a Mojo Workshop with some of the young people. The Bliain na Gaeilge Award was won by Jack Sheehan, Foróige Knocknaheeny, Co Cork

ESB CREATIVE TECH FEST 2018 Irish Daily Star Pull Out

This year's event event was covered by some major media organisations including- TG4, Silicon Republic, the Irish Daily Star, Irish Tech Central and The Irish Times.

"The Irish Times" Photo of the Day list November 1st 2018.

The Kerry band "Tógra" preparing in advance of their performance.

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