Adam Kelly crowned the King of SciFest
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Adam Kelly, a 5th year student from Skerries Community College, was named the overall winner of SciFest 2018, for his project which looked for an open source solution to stimulating quantum computing.
SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific.
SciFest is an all-island STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second level students. The final, held in Marino Conference Centre in Dublin on Friday, was attended by Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
Adam's project focused on quantum computing. Large scale quantum computers are not yet widely available, this means the development of quantum computers and algorithms requires fast, accurate stimulations.
Adam developed just that, an open source solution to quantum computing which was up to 15 times faster than conventional stimulators. His solution can be used by anyone in their own experiments with ease.
This software has direct applications in the verification of quantum devices, quantum algorithm design and investigations of quantum supremacy.
Adam will now go on to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona next year. He secured his place at the National Final after his victory at the SciFest regional final at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.
SciFest continues to grow year on year with over 10,000 students participating in local and regional SciFest STEM fairs across the country this year. Since its inception in 2008, over 60,000 students have participated in the competition.
Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO, said: 'It is fantastic to see the level of talent, enthusiasm and determination on display today from the students. SciFest gives students of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to develop their research, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills.
'We take pride in creating the biggest, most inclusive student science event possible. This year we are excited to introduce the Broadcom MASTERS Award for junior cycle students where the winner will have the opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.'