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Students Scoop National Prizes at The Big Idea Creative Thinking Awards

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Irish Tech News – By Ronan Leonard

Students Scoop National Prizes at The Big Idea Creative Thinking Awards

Powerful problem solvers and creative critical thinkers – students from across Ireland have learned one of the most in-demand skills in the world, as teams from Carlow, Offaly and Kilkenny have won the top prizes in Ireland’s national creative thinking program The Big Idea.

EPAM Ireland is a partner of The Big Idea and provided 13 mentors to work alongside the students, helping to bridge the gap between industry and education by providing practical advice on how to develop their innovative ideas and projects.

Martin Byrne, VP and Country Manager at EPAM Ireland said: “Partnering with The Big Idea was a no-brainer for us. Equipping the next generation of students with high-level problem-solving skills to tackle complex global issues like climate change and hidden poverty is exactly what Ireland and the technology industry need right now. Highlighted by the fact that climate change was the #1 topic that these students wanted to address, sustainability is a huge issue in modern society and one that we are passionate about in EPAM. Our mentors and I are very excited to see how some of these Ideas progress, and we look forward to continuing the relationships we have built after the Showcase.”

The standard of projects submitted this year in the Youthreach and Community Training Centre (CTC) pilot program was outstanding, and in recognition of the innovation shown across this program, two additional Big Idea national prizes were awarded.

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