BT Young Scientist scoops top prize at international science fairGary Ibbotson 19 May 2022
Andrei Florian, a fifth year student from St Aidan’s CBS in Whitehall, was awarded two prizes at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2022.
The Dublin student, who placed in the top four at 2022’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, received the top prize in the software systems category at ISEF, as well as receiving the Oracle Academy award for his project on novel internet voting systems.
Florian netted a total of $10,000 in prize money.
Florian was representing Ireland at the prestigious science competition which was held virtually and in-person in Atlanta, Georgia.
He beat out competition from 58 other entries to win his category as well as receiving an Oracle Academy award for his project.
His project explored the application of novel technologies including blockchain to digital voting systems.
Speaking of his win, Florian said: “I am proud to have presented my project at ISEF this year.
“I am passionate about electoral reform and over the past few months designed and developed a novel internet voting system with which I had the honour to represent Ireland at this international science fair.
“I am grateful to my family, friends, and teachers for supporting me through this journey and BTYSTE for giving me this opportunity.”
Mari Cahalane, Head of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition said; “The BTYSTE team is incredibly proud of Andrei and the work he has put in to successfully represent Ireland at ISEF 2022.
“I am thrilled to see his work recognised and look forward to following his continued development.
“Andrei’s win demonstrates the role that BTYSTE plays in fostering young Irish talent in science and technology and I wish him every success for the future.”