Northern Ireland’s next generation of tech entrepreneurs will come together at St George’s Market in Belfast on Wednesday March 2.

More than 200 teenagers are expected to attend the annual Generation Innovation Night of Ambition hosted by Holywood comic Shane Todd.

The teens have been nominated by their schools and colleges for excellence in areas like science and technology, engineering, maths and entrepreneurship. The young people – many hoping to follow in the footsteps of tech leaders like Apple’s Tim Cook and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – will have the chance to hear inspirational stories from the founders of 70 innovative local companies.

Speakers at the event will include Rachel Gawley, founder of AppAttic, and Mark Dowds, co-founder of Trov, Inc., a Silicon Valley company focused on reinventing the insurance industry. The event will include a “mini” Design Thinking Workshop, market stalls showing off the latest technologies and a show, including many inspiring talks.

Mike McGoldrick

Shane Todd, using his stage-ready alter ego Mike McGoldrick, said, “”Ideally the event would take place in North Down, but hey. In all seriousness, the main thing to take away is that I’ll look amazing.”

Nicola Wolfe, a pupil at Larne Grammar School said: “It’s amazing to get the chance to hear about all the opportunities that exist right here in Northern Ireland. I am so glad my school nominated me to take part in the Night of Ambition.”

Claire Burgoyne, Generation Innovation programme manager at NISP CONNECT said: “Energy will be zipping through St. George’s Market tonight. Young people face difficulty navigating today’s tech-driven society. It’s not so clear what path to take to enter the world of innovation. Tonight is about giving them the spark and the strength to decide their own future.”

Deloitte Digital is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Generation Innovation Night of Ambition.

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