The day began very early with a delicious breakfast in the RDS. Accenture Ireland seriously spoiled us! There were stands set up around the hall with some seriously cool gadgets, including a 3D printer and Google Glass. Arnotts were promoting their personal shopping experience (something I'll definitely take up in the future!) and kindly gave us a €25 voucher (already spent).
The celebration began with a bang thanks to the wonderful sounds of Accenturephonics. We were also treated to musical bliss from Julie Feeney (She's impossibly beautiful!).
The day featured two panel discussions and an interview with Liz Waters, CEO of An Cosán. Ann O'Dea (CEO of Silicon Republic), Miriam O'Callaghan (Presenter & Journalist RTE) and Keelin Shanley (Presenter RTE) hosted animated and probing discussions throughout the morning.
Other speakers included Bill Liao (Co-founder of Coderdojo), Prof Orla Feely (Head of Electronic Engineering UCD), Aideen Howard (Literary Director, Abbey Theatre), Prof Brian MacCraith (President, DCU), Prof Sinead Ryan (Head of Maths, Trinity College), Julie Sinnamon (CEO, Enterprise Ireland).
The morning came to a close after a discussion with the three superstars of the BT Young Scientists Competition: Ciara Judge, Emer Hickeyand Sophie Healy-Thow. The girls have even promised to visit us in St. Oliver's Community College soon!
The five girls representing St. Oliver's - Muirenn Mulholland, Nikita Mulready, Irene McDonnell, Lucy Towers and Rachael King - did us proud as always. They were delighted to get personal career advice from Bill Liao. He was extremely generous with his time and advice.
The wonderful morning was organised by Eithne Harley and Paula Neary, party planners extraodinaire, Accenture.
People don't want a hand up or a hand out - they want a hand shake
- Bill Liao