Co. Wicklow student wins Trinity College Dublin E3 Global Challenges Award

Posted on: 14 January 2022

Vagif Aliyef, from St David’s Secondary Co. Educational School in County Wicklow, won the Trinity College Dublin E3 Global Challenges Award for his project at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE), which concluded today.

This award, supported by Trinity’s Faculty of STEM and it’s E3 initiative, promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing societal challenges.

Vagif was successful for his project, Snapstudy, which saw him create an AI-based revision app that uses proprietary and state-of-the-art deep learning models, allowing students to generate flashcards from their notes for efficient revision.

Professor Sylvia Draper, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Trinity, presented the award via the BTYSTE digital platform. She said:

“We were delighted to see this winning project focus on educational innovation. Virtual and e-learning has found a place in our classrooms and our lecture theatres but this project gives students the ability to personally distil down their notes and improve their understanding at home. Vagif’s ingenious app has the potential to help countless students across the globe irrespective of their background or physical writing skills. It underlines why he is such a worthy winner of this award.”

The BTYSTE gives secondary students the chance to engage in hands-on science and technology research. Students – working alone or in teams – design and perform research in a chosen area of interest before presenting their projects.

This year the 58th annual BTYSTE exhibition was held virtually for the second year due to COVID-19. Thousands of students entered their ideas from schools all over Ireland and there were attendees from all over the world, as the BTYSTE online was able to go global.

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