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Thursday 15th May saw Intel Ireland’s Leixlip site play host to the Kildare Final of the STEPS to Engineering K’NEX Challenge. A total of 68 students from 34 local schools took part. Approximately 750 schools around the country have taken part in the competitive challenge this year.

The local Kildare pupils won a place in the final stages of the challenge by winning the competition at class room stage. A number of engineers from Intel judged in local schools during the first rounds of the competition. Intel employee Alan Stafford was on hand to judge the Kildare regional final along with Stephen Corkery and Linda Morris from Clarke and Associates.

At the regional final the pupils faced another challenge using imagination, creativity and ingenuity to design and make a new model using a specially created K’NEX kit. The challenge was to construct a digital camera with a lens, view screen, flash, and to top it all off, the camera had to rotate on a specially designed platform, all made using K’NEX. Eamonn Sinnott, Intel Fab 24 Plant Manager was on hand to welcome the students and kick-off the challenge.

Pádraig O’Murchú, Education Manager, Intel Ireland, who presided over the awards ceremony, congratulated the children on the fantastic models that they had built and said that he hoped to see many of the children return to Intel as future employees in ten years time.

Richard Wilson, STEPS to engineering K’NEX project coordinator said, “The challenge brings the wonderful and exciting world of engineering into the lives of the young pupils taking part. Engineering plays a part in everything around us from roller coasters to buildings, mobile phones and exciting new technologies. This competition is all about opening up young people’s eyes to how important engineering is in their lives.” He continued by offering his appreciation to Intel for again hosting the great event, commenting on how well the parents of the pupils were looked after and how nice the staff and the venue was, contributing to an extremely enjoyable day for all.

First place in the Kildare Final went to Thomas Dore and Rory O’Sullivan from Caragh National School. Caomhan Doolan and Conor Murphy from Scoil Bhride, Athgarvan claimed a very close second place. The winning team will compete in the National Final this month in The Helix in Dublin City University.

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Intel’s Martin Curley, attributed as ‘one of the leading innovation thinkers in the world’ by Professor John Hughes, President of NUI Maynooth, launched his new joint publication Managing IT Innovation for Business Value - Practical Strategies for IT and Business Managers (Intel Press) this week.

 

Martin wrote the book along with Esther Baldwin, Intel Innovation Diffusion Manager, they recognised IT Innovation’s place as a key discipline for achieving business value. The book is the second penned by Curley in the IT Best Practices Series, and was launched at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Headquarters in Dublin by Micheál Martin T.D, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

 

Hosted by Professor John Hughes, President of the NUI Maynooth, where Curley is an Adjunct Professor and co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute (IVI), the event was attended by key opinion leaders from both industry and academia.

 

In the book, Curley and Baldwin show how successful companies can actively cultivate new ideas, put these ideas to work quickly and efficiently and harvest the business value benefits of successful innovations. They explain how innovation does not need to be synonymous with whole-scale invention but can be derived from re-applying an innovative IT solution in a new context which can bring about even greater business value because the initial investment in developing the solution has already been made. They also highlight how Systemic Innovation can be catalysed when innovative excellence is woven into the fabric of a company’s business processes.

 

Speaking at the launch, Minister Martin commented on how Services Innovation is an emerging focus area for Ireland with the principles outlined in Managing IT Innovation for Business Value being directly applicable to the field of Services Innovation. He went on to recognise Martin Curley as a leading Innovator in this field and complemented him on his contribution to IT Innovation in Ireland.

 

Curley pointed out however that you need a strong team spirit for Innovation “Innovation is a team sport and it is only through collaboration that innovative ideas make it through to be innovative solutions that add real value.” He added that while research turns money into knowledge, it is Innovation that turns knowledge into money.

 

He went on to recognise Minister Martin’s contribution to driving innovation and research funding in Ireland and commented that since he launched it in June 2006, Minister Martin has been instrumental in the success of the IVI to date. The IVI leverages key principles described in the book and is currently developing an IT Capability Framework. Co-founded by Intel and NUIM, it has been recognised by the European Foundation for Management Development as one of the premier examples of a research collaboration between Industry and Academia in Europe.

 

The IVI is currently involved in the Irish competency centre selection process and has been short-listed as one of a select group of potential competency centres.

 

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Editors Notes:

IVI – Innovation Value Institute was co-founded by Intel® Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in June 2006

“Managing IT Innovation for Business Value” -

Martin Curley is Global Director of IT Innovation at Intel®

Esther Baldwin is Innovation Diffusion Manager at Intel®

www.ivi.nuim.ie/

 

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Today (Monday 11th February), 35 Intel employees pushed the famous Fr. Ted Milk float from Dublin to Naas in just over 4 hours. The 70 year old milk float featured in the "Father Ted" TV series is on its 22nd day of the 798 mile round-trip of Ireland.

This initiative is the brainchild of Father Ted Festival organisers, Friends of Ted, and Bookmakers Paddy Power, and was devised to raise funds and awareness for Down syndrome Ireland and Down Syndrome Northern Ireland.

A special website www.ted40.com has been developed and features regular live updates as the Milkfloat trundles its way around the country. There is also a donation link on the website where people can support the initiative by sponsoring one cent per mile, a total donation of €7.98.

Ken Robertson from Paddy Power said “After witnessing first hand the incredible popularity of Milkfloat during last year’s Father Ted Festival, it seemed like an absolute no-brainier to bring the milk float to the people. The fact that we can hopefully raise a significant amount of money for both Down syndrome charities is a massive bonus.”

Intel’s External Relations manager Lisa Harlow who completed the 14 mile leg, ‘The milk float push was a brilliant idea, it’s more than just raising funds – its helping to raise awareness for Down Syndrome Ireland and Down Syndrome Northern Ireland.’

All proceeds from this challenge will go to both Down Syndrome Ireland and the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Ireland.

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San Carlo sixth class student, Hannah Crean can be snap happy after winning a Fujifilm Digital camera from Intel. Hannah and her class mates have been learning the tricks of the camera trade from Intel employee Ray Kellett in Leixlip library over the past few months.

The students were taught everything from the basic terminology of a camera to capturing the perfect picture. Over the course of the classes Ray encouraged the students to be creative, and gather inspiration from their local area, or to look within their own homes for an original snap. At the end of January each of the students put forward their photographs and Hannah’s captivating ‘sparkly shoes’ photograph showed a creative and imaginative dimension.

 

Ray taught the photography classes as part of the Intel Involved program in association with the local libraries. Intel has enjoyed a long standing relationship with the libraries, and the classes in Leixlip are one in a long line of projects. Ray along with another Intel employee Joe Burns also taught photography classes to students from Scoil Naomh Bhríde in Celbridge library. And during Science week Intel’s Arlene O’Neill and Mark Connolly visited Celbridge library; where they carried out a range of erupting and exploding experiments to a group of excitable first and second class students from Primrose Hill, Celbridge. The ongoing PC skills classes are another success with over 30 people completing the course in the three libraries. Aisling Donnelly from Leixlip library liaised with the school and Intel to make this project happen, she was delighted for Hannah, “Congratulations to Hannah, she's a deserved winner and thanks to both the school and Intel for all their hard work over the past months. The library learnt much from the experience and we look forward to repeating the partnership throughout the year.”

 

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This week as part of National Tree Week Intel is on a crusade to preserve and restore the orchard on the Leixlip campus. The orchard located to the far west of the site is an Aladdin’s cave for horticulturists.

 

The orchard is home to around 17 apple trees of differing varieties as well as a few plum and pear trees. At the minute the orchard is in sad state of repair, overgrown with weeds, ivy and briars. But Tree Week has given the perfect opportunity to kick start a 40th Anniversary project to restore and rejuvenate the orchard, and more importantly save the trees, some of which are unique to Leixlip.

 

Shane Fitzgerald, a qualified horticulturist and member of the Green Party visited the site this week, along with Corporate Affairs’ manager Brendan Cannon. Shane was excited by the ‘massive potential’  of the project. Which when finished the orchard should be a nice place for employees to visit throughout the day.

 

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Intel has presented 21 schools from seven different counties a total of $20,540 through the Intel Volunteer Matching Grants programme. This programme recognizes the volunteer work that Intel employees do in their local schools by matching this time with money for the schools. The programme, which is funded by the Intel Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Intel, has been in existence in the US for a number of years but this is only the second time that the Intel Foundation is funding the programme in Ireland.

 

Lisa Harlow, Intel Ireland External Relations manager spoke at the cheque presentation ceremony, “As a volunteer in my own child’s school, I particularly like this programme and what it helps schools and communities to achieve. I’m delighted that 21 schools were able to benefit from the money that was earned by the volunteers.”

 

Intel employees register their school at the start of the year and commit to complete at least 20 hours in their school. For every 20 hours of volunteering completed in the school by one or more Intel employees, the Intel Foundation gives the school the equivalent of $200.

 

The money is distributed to the schools once each year with assistance from a local non-government organization (NGO). In Ireland this NGO is the National University of Ireland Maynooth. NUIM’s Bursar Mike O’Malley attended the presentation last week, “We’re delighted to be a part of this great programme. As an organisation that is also deeply involved in education in the local community I admire the initiatives that Intel organises in the local community.”

 

The schools involved in the Intel Volunteer Matching Grants Programme this year are:

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Leamhcán, Co Átha Cliath

Scoil San Trease, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin

St. Patrick’s National School, Diswelstown, Dublin 15

Scoil Bhríde, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

Scoil San Carlo Junior, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

The Glebe Junior Montessori School, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

St. Raphael’s, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

The Saplings School Kilwarden, Kill, Co. Kildare

Scoil Mochua, Aghards, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Caragh National School, Co. Kildare

North Kildare Educate Together NS, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

St. Joseph’s BNS, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

St. Brigid’s NS, Kill Village, Co. Kildare

Scoil an Linbh Iosa, Prosperous, Co. Kildare

St. Brigid’s NS, Coon, Co. Kilkenny

Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa, Kilcloon, Co. Meath

Kilbride National School, Clonee, Co. Meath

St. Colmas NS, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Holy Family, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

St. Patrick’s, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

 

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Today, 11th April, 2008, National University of Ireland, Maynooth announced that it has reached agreement with global computer giant Intel to deliver an innovative ME degree programme (Master of Engineering) providing advanced engineering education for Intel engineers. In its first year the programme will see up to 15 Intel professionals based at its Leixlip plant take the course, and it is expected to be offered to employees across Intel’s 86,000 strong global workforce from 2009. This is the first formal accreditation link-up between the company’s College of Engineering and any university worldwide and places NUI Maynooth at the forefront of University-Industry collaboration in Europe.

 

The modules will be tailored specifically to the innovative and highly market-sensitive work undertaken by Intel in its multi billion microprocessor development industry. Intel’s Technology Campus Europe, located at Leixlip currently employs approximately 5,000 people directly and indirectly. Its IFO operation which produces flash memory and logic devices is equipped to run over 65 individual products – three times that of any other similar Intel plant in the world. Its Fab 24 plant, also at Leixlip is one of Intel's most technologically advanced, high-volume manufacturing facilities in the world building multi-core microprocessors. In all, about 75% of Intel Ireland employees have higher level qualifications in the fields of science, engineering or technology.

 

NUI Maynooth President Professor John Hughes said, “Intel is a true global leader in every sense of the word. It is very important to the Irish economy and of course, is a great neighbour of ours in Kildare. We are building a reputation for international excellence at NUI Maynooth and we were delighted to support Intel in delivering top class industry-relevant accredited Masters education to its staff. Strong links between universities and industry are vital for the sustainability of the global economy and it is something we value highly at NUI Maynooth”.

 

Jim OHara, Intel Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing group and General Manager Intel Ireland said, ‘The standard of learning delivered through the Master of Engineering programme at Maynooth is world-class and we were delighted to build this relationship which will see it drive and accredit the work of our College of Engineering. This programme is unique within the Intel organisation and we plan to roll it out to senior employees at our campuses throughout the world”.

 

The ME programme allows Intel engineers to advance their skills in the highly specialised technologies of their own workplace, while also acquiring advanced level knowledge in broader related areas. Intel students will receive a ME degree award from NUI Maynooth at the end of their studies which may be undertaken over two or three years on a part-time basis through distance learning over the internet. The cooperation follows on the recent establishment of Intel’s US based College of Engineering that is responsible for developing and directing in-house courses and other solutions for the educational requirements of Intel’s engineering staff worldwide.

 

The Intel ME programme will be complementary to the current highly regarded Master of Engineering programme offered at NUI Maynooth and will share up to half of its taught modules. Academic experts from NUI Maynooth worked alongside engineers from Intel advising on the appropriate academic content for Masters level accreditation.

 

Dr. Pádraig ÓMurchú, Intel’s Education and Research Manager at, “This is a great boost for employee development at Intel, it is testament to the quality and technical content of the internally developed college of engineering modules, employees on successful completion of these modules can now gain credits towards an accredited Masters of Engineering qualification at NUI Maynooth.”

 

NUI Maynooth and Intel already have strong established links through the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) which was set up in 2006 as a partnership between the college and the Intel Innovation Centre in Leixlip. IVI is a multi-disciplinary research and education institute which works to help achieve sustainable economic value from ITA and to quantify and understand the true business value of strategic IT investments. Among the companies currently using IVI to inform their own IT investments are Chevron, Boston Consulting, Intel and Ernst &Young.

 

The first group of students, based in Intel Ireland, will enter the programme in September 2008, and it is expected that the model and the number of students availing of it will grow in the coming years.

 

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Today, 11th April, 2008, the Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, TD, launched the national roll-out of Intel’s SciFest in the new Science Gallery in Trinity College, Dublin. SciFest is a one-day festival of science held in Institutes of Technology around the country, and is part of Intel Ireland’s Science in Schools program. The festival includes a competition and exhibition of projects from second-level schools. SciFest started as a local science competition in the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin in 2006. This year nine Institutes of Technology will be hosting their own SciFest competitions.

 

Speaking at the launch, Minister Hanafin, said 'Significant changes have taken place in the teaching of science at primary and post primary level with an increased emphasis on student practical work and on the connection between science, technology and society, making it more relevant and more exciting for students. Today a career in science promises some of the best business and job prospects on offer.


Science plays a vital and pivotal role in achieving the Government's goal of developing a knowledge-based economy in Ireland. Modern developments build on a strong Irish tradition in the sciences. It is encouraging to see the Institutes of Technology opening their doors to second level students and helping them to consider further studies in the area of science. The importance of more of our young people developing an interest in science was never as important as it is at this time."

 

The main aim of this initiative is to encourage a love of science through project-based learning. A SciFest exhibition in a local IT gives students in the area an opportunity to develop and present their science investigations. Students are also be encouraged to develop their projects further and present in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition the following January.

 

With the popularity of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition increasing each year, and the number of students submitting projects vastly exceeding the space available at the RDS, Intel Ireland recognised a growing need to provide more opportunities for students to showcase their projects. With the support of Discover Science and Engineering this local initiative was brought to a national level.

 

Intel’s Education Specialist Gerry Nolan is delighted with the success of the project, ‘Education is a major focus area for Intel Ireland. Last year we contributed more than €1 million to local and national education programmes, we owe it to the next generation to advise and equip them with the skill and knowledge that enables them to contribute in a society defined by innovation, entrepreneurship and emerging technologies”

 

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