BT Young Scientist winners fly the flag for Ireland at European competition

Greg Tarr, Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan will compete against more than 150 young scientists from 39 countries.

The 2020 and 2021 BT Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) winners will represent Ireland at the European Union Young Scientists Competition this weekend.

They will compete against more than 150 participants from 39 countries in Europe and beyond in a virtual event organized from Salamanca in Spain.

Each year, the BTYSTE winners continue to represent Ireland in this European competition. Due to a postponement related to the pandemic last year, this weekend’s contest will combine the 2020 event and the 2021 event.

Greg Tarr was this year’s BTYSTE winner in January. The Bandon Grammar School alumnus set out to put a powerful computing power to work in deepfake detection.

The 18-year-old has now founded Inferex, a startup looking to commercialize the deepfake detection model he developed for student competition, and has raised over $ 1 million.

Tarr will be joined at the European Union Competition for Young Scientists by BTYSTE 2020 winners Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan.

The students, now in their final year at Coláiste Choilm in Co Cork, took home first prize for their research on gender stereotypes in young children. They spoke at Silicon Republic’s Future Human event last year about how they designed the project and developed an initiative to combat gender bias.

Irish students go international

Ireland has a strong track record in the European Union Competition for Young Scientists, having won first place 15 times in the 31-year history of the competition. Past winners include young quantum pioneer Adam Kelly.

BT Ireland Managing Director Shay Walsh said many BTYSTE winners are “very successful internationally”.

“I have no doubt that Greg’s project on identifying deepfake images, and Cormac and Alan’s project on gender bias among five- to seven-year-olds and how to combat it, will impress European judges this weekend. . We will view the contest with great enthusiasm and offer our best wishes to the three students, their schools and their community. ”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD, added that it is “great to see our talented young students go on to present their projects on this international stage.”

Applications are now open for BTYSTE 2022, but the deadline for registrations is September 27. For the second year in a row, the event will take place virtually.

Students chosen to present their science and technology projects in the virtual showroom will compete for a € 7,500 prize and the chance to represent Ireland in the European Union Young Scientists Competition in 2022.

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