MORE than 600 students have gathered at Shannon Airport for the first event in the annual Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) forum.
Schools from across Ireland - including a sizeable proportion from Limerick - have taken over the departures area of the airport for a special ‘Young Innovators’ event.
They are being asked to come up with ideas for technological innovations which will be used 50 years from now.
The prizes on offer include a day’s work experience at Dell in Raheen, and various computer gadgets.
The ITLG event was opened by Dr Rose Hynes, chairman of Shannon Airport, and there were also speeches from former Intel boss Craig Barrett, and Corbally businessman John Hartnett, founders of the ITLG forum which is running the two day event.
The forum continues today and tomorrow, with a civic reception at City Hall, and various workshops in the University of Limerick’s Concert Hall.Executives from Dell, Disney, Intel and Google among others are expected to attend the series of events in UL, LIT and Shannon Airport.
Of the Young Innovator contest, Mr Hartnett explained that secondary pupils will put together presentations on how we will “live, learn, shop, play, and work 50 years from now”.
“I am really excited about this, because getting young kids involved in technology as soon as possible, and opening their creative minds at an early stage is crucial,” he said.