Ballymoney Teens: Do you want to join NI’s top innovators?

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The Northern Ireland Science Park has opened applications for its must-attend event for innovative young people - and is calling on teens from Ballymoney to get involved.

Now recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s most important career-inspiring events, Generation Innovation’s Night of Ambition, in partnership with headline sponsor Deloitte Digital, is an exclusive event for young people showing a spark for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The night not only showcases the latest local tech success stories but uniquely, provides the teenage attendees with an opportunity to meet with, learn from and even work together with some of Northern Ireland’s most inspirational role models in a group “mini invention challenge”.

In previous years students have heard from none other than co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey and music producer and technology enthusiast will.i.am.

This invitation-only event at St Georges Market on 2 March is now in its fifth year and has been growing in status and popularity since its inception. The event is for 15 – 18 year olds who excel in a range of areas from science and technology, to entrepreneurship and selling, from art and design, to engineering and maths.

Attendance is only possible through nomination by a school/college via the Generation Innovation website: generationinnovation.co. Attendees can expect to meet local stars already making a mark in the worlds of cybersecurity, fintech, wearables, the Internet of Things, animation and life-changing health devices.

Claire Burgoyne, Generation Innovation programme manager at NISP CONNECT says: “Our partnership with schools and colleges is paramount to the success of the Night of Ambition. Since 2011, 500 teenagers from more than 125 schools have taken part. Young people ‘in the know’ want to be here.

“We are providing students with access to the experiences and opportunities to get them hooked on the jobs of tomorrow, not the opportunities of the last century. We like to think of it as “This is for you. And this can be you.”

The Generation Innovation Night of Ambition will be held on Wednesday 2 March from 5pm – 8.30pm. Teachers are now called to nominate a teenager. To apply, visit: generationinnovation.co before 5pm on Friday 29 January 2016.

For more information about the Generation Innovation Night of Ambition, please contact Claire Burgoyne at NISP CONNECT claire.burgoyne@nispconnect.org or 028 9073 7806.