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Teen Turn's Blog Winner announced

For a second year, the Teen-Turn initiative placed girls from throughout Ireland into two-week technology work placements with some of the country’s and world’s leading companies.The aim of Teen-Turn is to provide girls from areas where third-level education is uncommon the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a technology career environment under the mentorship of a woman-in-STEM role model.During the placements, Teen-Turn participants were engaged in a wide variety of projects including solutions engineering, data analytics, business intelligence, product applications, app and software development, 3D printing, scientific research, service desk and local IT functions, testing, networks and digital content and marketing. Additionally, participants benefitted from exposure to project management, agile methodology and scrum processes as well as workshops on CV writing and career guidance.

By blogging about their time with their mentors and companies, Teen-Turn participants were able to share their day-to-day challenges, discoveries, and successes. As part of this element, Science Foundation Ireland’s Smart Futures generously provided prizes to award the best blogs.


Ann O'Dea, Silicon Republic & Inspirefest

Susie O'Connor, Genesis Consulting

Catrina Carrigan, Intel Scholar & DCU Computing Student

Best Blog: 

Kathleen Draga, Kylemore College with Movidius 

She presented on the project to which she contributed on RTE's "Will A Robot Steal My Job" clip here:

Award for Visual Content (tied):

Sahel Zalavi, Warrenmount Presentation with Zalando

Erika Shelley, Pobal Iosolde with Lonely Planet

Award for Writing:

Caitlin Hoey, Pobal Iosolde with Bizimply

Honourable Mentions:

Bobbi Taaffe, Blakestown with IBM

Jennifer Burns, North Presentation with Analog

Mentor Award:

Niamh Kavanagh & Dr. Fatima Gunning, Tyndall with North Presentation and Terence MacSwiney

Host Award:

Hosts of 3 or less participants: Movidius

Hosts of 4 or more participants: Tyndall & Zalando