Esat BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2003

10 Jan 2003

The Dental Health Foundation sponsors a special award each year in the 'ESAT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition'. The 2003 exhibition again attracted a wide range of entries and each student who succeeded in reaching the exhibition stage should take pride in their achievement in participating at this level within the competition.

The winners of the Dental Health Foundation Young Scientist of the Year Special Award were Gerry Considine and Patrick Conway from CBS Ennistymon, Co Clare, who’s project looked at ‘Diet or regular soft drinks: Do they cause physical damage to our teeth?’ They are pictured below being presented with their award by Ms Deirdre Sadlier, Executive Director of the Dental Health Foundation, Ireland.

For the First Time Ever, Technology Project Wins
Esat BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2003

Third Westmeath Win in 39 Year History and First in 21 Years

The 39th Esat BT Young Scientist of the Year is sixteen-year-old Adnan Osmani, a leaving cert student from St Finian’s College, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. His winning project, entitled “The graphical technological and user-friendly advancement of the internet browser: XWEBS” was announced by Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey TD, at the awards ceremony held on Friday, 10 January 2003 at the RDS, Dublin.

The project impressed the judges with its comprehensive range of features that include an animated character - Phoebe – who uses human speech to read out web pages. Another clever aspect is a language translator, which converts foreign language websites into English. According to Adnan, “The Browser incorporates a novel algorithm that can increase the internet access speed fourfold facilitating multifunctional usage.”

Commenting on the project, Angela Keegan, Chairperson of the judging panel said, “This project represents two years of hard work by Adnan who has been programming since the age of twelve. In the opinion of the judges his achievement and depth of knowledge is far in advance of his years. ”

Minister Noel Dempsey TD, accompanied by Tom Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Esat BT presented Adnan with a cheque for €3,000, a Waterford Crystal trophy and the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists taking place in Budapest, Hungary in September 2003.

“The Esat BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2003 has been our best yet and we’re delighted with the response from students, teachers, parents and visitors. Esat BT is proud of its association with the exhibition just as every student should be very proud of their outstanding achievements here this week. Adnan’s project demonstrates the unquestionable convergence of science and technology and it’s a trend we are likely to see continue into the future,” said Tom Byrne, Esat BT.

Overall Winner, Adnan Osmani (St Finian’s College, Mullingar, Co Westmeath) being presented with his award by the Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey TD (right) and Tom Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, Esat BT.