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Teaming up with Intel to deliver dream experience in Silicon Valley

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Just twelve months on from the initial Tullamore Lions Club collaboration with Global Computer giant Intel in delivering the largest Ideation Camp ever attempted, a grand Irish final on the 20 th of April at Intel’s European headquarters at Leixlip is in the offing for two Tullamore teams.

The Ideation Camp is geared towards transition year pupils from the four second level schools in the Tullamore area. Over 200 transition year students from Tullamore College, Killina Presentation Secondary School, Coláiste Choilm and Sacred Heart Secondary School, will attend the Innovation Programme/Camp in the Bridge House on Monday April the 8th and Tuesday April 9th.

The Students will be provided with a set of powerful tools to turn complex problems into great business opportunities.

The idea of the Programme is to inspire students to get excited about innovation and entrepreneurship. The Programme will give them a completely new experience that will help focus them on the entrepreneurial mindset.

The centrepiece of the Programme is a challenging case study which will be given to the students at the start of day one. Over the two days, the students, working in teams of six will be taken through a six stage process which has been thoroughly tested by participants in several countries worldwide and approved by leading professors in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. This process is also used by Intel to solve complex problems in their business world.

At the end of the second day, each team will have a final prototype of their solutions/findings that they will then pitch to a panel of specially selected judges and an overall winner will be announced. This year’s winner will be joined by the inaugural Tullamore winners from last year for the grand final in Leixlip.They will be also joined by the winners from the 13 other Lions Club/Intel Ideation Camps around Ireland. The overall winners in Leixlip will then go on a 5 day trip of a lifetime to Intel’s headquarters in California and the Silicon Valley experience in October this year.

The Program aims to help students understand that they can build their own destiny and it will show them how they can achieve this with innovation, a creative mindset and the use of technology. Poor job prospects and lack of opportunities do not have to be their lot when they finish school or college.

The students of today will shape all our futures and this program will give them the opportunities to use their considerable abilities and imagination to shape for the better the world of tomorrow.

The overall facilitator for this year’s event will be Gerry Duffy, the hugely popular motivational speaker and author of the top selling book ‘Who Dares Runs. Gerry was one of two people who two years ago, raised over €500,000 for charity by running 32 full marathons in 32 Counties in 32 days. 18 months ago he also won the UK Deca Iron Distance Triathlon by a whopping 19 hours in what is regarded as the toughest endurance athletic event in the world.

This promises to be an educational Aladdin’s Cave of new ideas, creativity and innovation with the aim of building self belief in everyone who attends so they can achieve their dreams by using the right tools and the latest in critical thinking.

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