Derry girl reaches Create:2015 final

Derry teen Niamh McCay (front centre) with her CREATE team.
Derry teen Niamh McCay (front centre) with her CREATE team.

The Northern Ireland Science Park’s Generation Innovation programme is expecting hundreds of teenagers to attend Create:2015, an entirely youth-led CultureTECH event which takes place this Thursday, September 17th from 9:30a.m. to 3:30p.m. at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry.

Six entrepreneurial students, all members of the Generation Innovation Network, are behind the event which aims to inspire those destined to work in the digital and creative industries.

The enterprising students are Niamh McCay (17) from Derry, Gareth Reid (17), Matthew Carson (19), Jordan Earle (18), all from Belfast, Sarah Semple (17) from Omagh, and Anona Weir (18) from Cookstown.

BBC Click presenter Kate Russell will be the host at Create:2015 and the conference will feature eight incredible speakers, including James Whelton, co-founder of CoderDojo.

The six young inventors, aged between 15-18 years, fought off tough competition to win a £2,000 internship and have spent the summer working at the Northern Ireland Science Park, developing their entrepreneurial ideas. One of the interns will win a £10,000 prize package for use in fostering his/her business idea.

The internship prize is a collaboration between Generation Innovation and two entrepreneurs from the North of Ireland - Tom O’Gorman and Jim Finnegan.

Generation Innovation aims to inspire teenagers to create their own future in Northern Ireland’s developing knowledge economy.

The programme welcomes young people with a passion for technology, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Team member Niamh McCay from Derry said: “I’m excited to be joining the Create team this year and I’m really excited about our line-up of speakers and workshops.

“Last year, hundreds of young people walked away from the event full of excitement and eagerness to get stuck in with the creative industries, which is why we’re so pleased to be back again this year.”