As the deadline for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) looms, this year's winner is preparing to represent Ireland in the EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS).
Entries for the 2018 BTYSTE event, which takes places in the RDS, Dublin, from January 10-13, have to be submitted by Monday, September 25.
Shane Curran, now a sixth year student at Terenure College, Dublin, carried off the coveted overall prize last January with his project called qCrypt - a data storage system providing greater protection for users than is currently available.
His prize included €5,000 and a trip to the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands.
Shane will be travelling to the Estonian capital, Talinn, next week for the EU competition, where qCrypt will be pitted against 88 other projects, involving around 140 participants from about 40 countries.
Last year's BTYSTE received a record 2,091 ideas, involving 4,591 students, with 550 selected to go forward to the exhibition in January, the largest event of its kind in Europe.
Now in its 54th year, the exhibition offers more than 140 prizes for individuals, groups, and teachers.