Chance for Clare’s young creators and innovators to shine

Chance for Clare’s young creators and innovators to shine


ESB and Camara Education Ireland are calling on young people from across County Clare to get involved in the 2019 ESB Creative Tech Fest, which will take place in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Wednesday 30 October.

ESB Creative Tech Fest celebrates the innovation and collaboration of young people who participate in TechSpace hubs in local youth organisations and schools across the island of Ireland. TechSpace programmers empower young people by building confidence through the use of 21st-century skills to inspire and create a brighter future.

Last year, 70 local youth clubs and groups from across Ireland took part in ESB Creative Tech Fest, these included Aidan Rogers from Clare Youth Service who took home the Makey Makey Master Awardfor his ‘Games Cabinet Project.’

Following the success of participating clubs, Jen Hesnan, TechSpace Programme Manager, said; “The level of creativity and innovation we see from the TechSpace hubs across Clare is always outstanding. We are looking forward to seeing what new ideas, innovations and inspirations for a brighter future come from the young people of Clare this year.”

Speaking about the importance of such events in encouraging STEAM, Peter O’Shea, Head of ESB Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, said: “ESB is proud to support the work of TechSpace through our Generation Tomorrow programme. By partnering with organisations like TechSpace, we want to help Ireland’s young generation to reach their potential and power their collective brighter future through STEAM learning initiatives. We look forward to seeing all the great creations and innovations at ESB’s Creative Tech Fest event in October.”

Young people can submit their project work for a variety of awards across more than 20 categories including Creative Computer Science, Digital Creativity and STEAM as well as the overall ESB TechSpace awards through their local youth service or school registered with the TechSpace Programme.

Along with the awards ceremony, everyone attending ESB Creative Tech Fest can participate in curated workshops, interactive VR and AR experiences, youth-led music performances and youth tech talks.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.