Thurles Lions Club Ideation Camp Winners

On 29th and 30th April, close to 60 second level students gathered in Moycarkey-Borris Community Sports Centre in Littleton for an ‘Intel Ideation Camp’. Intel and the Lions Clubs in Ireland are working together to run these camps across the country. The Lions motto is “we serve” and we wanted to serve our young people by giving them this opportunity to learn about ideation (idea generation) and entrepreneurship.

The centrepiece of the camp was a challenging case study –

Could you create innovative technology aided solutions to help create employment opportunities for the unemployed or semi employed youth of Ireland?

Thanks to sponsorship from Thurles Credit Union we were able to invite students from all the second level schools in the area. The students were divided into teams and over two days they were taken through a six stage process to help them solve the challenges that the case study presented. At the end of the second day, each team had a final prototype of their idea/invention that they then pitched to our panel of specially selected judges.

Thurles Lions Club Ideation Camp

The winning team from the recent Thurles Lions Club Ideation Camp, which teaches a 6-step process to idea generation. They are pictured with the CEO and the President of Thurles Credit Union, sponsors of the ideation camp.
Back row, from Left to Right: Donal Scannell (CEO Thurles Credit Union), Fionn McCartan, Rory Purcell, Curtis Ryan
Front row, from Left to Right: Margaret Dwan (President of Thurles Lions Club), Faye O’Sullivan, Kate Crotty, Amanda Ryan (Thurles Credit Union President).

From strong competition from all ten teams, one winner was chosen – the aptly named ‘Bright Sparks’. The team has members from all Thurles schools – Coláiste Mhuire and the CBS, Presentation and Ursuline secondary schools. They will now progress to the national final at the end of May and we with them the very best of luck.

The ideation camp is a learning experience for both the students and the Lions mentors. Ann-Marie Brophy, of Thurles Lions, remarked “Running the ideation camp has been a fantastic learning experience for me. Every year I learn something new, about presentation skills, group dynamics and coaching.”

The response from the participants has been very positive too, in particular on teamwork. While hard work is required on the camp, everyone manages to have some fun and make new friends.

We are all looking forward to next year’s camp already.

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