Be Inspired at the 54th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

The 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
will run from 10th – 13th January 2018 at the RDS, Dublin

  • 550 unique student projects showcased
  • Live Q&A with astronaut in training, Norah Patten
  • ‘The World’s most famous Hacker’, Kevin Mitnick, revealed as keynote business speaker
  • Mentalist, live science shows, robot wars, exhibition stands and much more…

10 December 2018; An abundance of innovation, unique ideas and creative thinking from young minds will fill the halls of the RDS in Dublin next month at the 2018 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE).  Over 1,100 inspiring students will showcase their projects to an expected 50,000+ visitors and 84 judges from 10th – 13th January 2018.

Leading communications and IT Services Company, BT, is also delighted to announce a host of new acts, shows and speakers that will be performing at this year’s Exhibition for the first time, including Ministry of Science UK, a live Q&A with astronaut in training, Norah Patten and keynote address at BT Mindshare from the ‘world’s most famous hacker’, Kevin Mitnick. Shows returning by popular demand include mentalist David Meade, The Real Science of the Circus, 3D Space Journey and the incredibly popular World of Robots.

‘The World’s most famous Hacker’, Kevin Mitnick, will be performing a live hack on his first appearance in Ireland at BT Mindshare which takes place on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 5.30pm in the BT Arena, RDS.  Once wanted by the FBI, now turned trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500, Kevin will bring insight and experience alive to a room full of senior business professionals where security is top of their agenda.

Irish astronaut in training, Norah Patten, will be hosting a live Q&A on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 3.15pm in the Concert Hall, RDS.  Norah will speak about her vigorous sub-orbital training in Florida to become the first Irish person to travel to space. Students and visitors can win a chance to meet Norah by entering the #GirlintheGalaxy competition on BTYSTE social channels now.

Hosted by TG4’s Roisin Ni Thomáin and broadcaster Aidan Power, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe and one of the largest school science fairs in the world

Now in its 54th year, BT YSTE 2018 received an impressive 2,031 projects from 4,251 students across the island of Ireland, with every county represented by a submission. 60% of entrants are female, a position indication of the power of this platform to engage female participation in the critical STEM subjects.  550 projects qualified for the Exhibition at the RDS Dublin and students will compete to be crowned the 2018 BT Young Scientist(s) & Technologist(s) of the Year.

With four packed exhibition halls and a Big Top all full of exciting things to see and do, the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition has something to stimulate the minds of all generations. Tickets are available online NOW costing €6 for students, €12 for adults and €25 for a family pass which includes two adults and two children.

Visitors can plan their visit to the RDS in advance by downloading the free BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition app, available on Android and Apple devices. Full of helpful information, the app includes an exhibition map, a search tool for student projects and exhibitors, a schedule of events, as well as links to the BTYSTE social networks for live updates throughout the event.

  • Open for visitors: January 11th, 9.30am – 5.30pm; January 12th, 9.30am – 5.00pm; and January 13th, 9.30am – 5.30pm
  • Location: RDS, Dublin 4

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is a must for anyone with a passion for science and technology. For information, log onto or follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE. You can also call 1800 924 362 from the Republic of Ireland or 0800 917 1297 from Northern Ireland.