Loreto student Niamh’s a real sleuth!

Loreto student, Niamh Lynch.

Loreto student, Niamh Lynch.

Talented Donegal decoder Niamh Lynch from Loreto Convent, Letterkenny is in the running for the title of ‘Ireland’s Top Young Problem Solver’ at a Linguistics Olympiad.

The Donegal student is now one of a number of Language sleuths vieing for a place on the Irish team at an International Linguistics Olympiad to be held in Beijing.

The concluding stage of a nationwide search to find Ireland’s top young problem solvers took place on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at the CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content’s All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) Finals in Trinity College Dublin.

Niamh, a student at Loreto Convent, Letterkenny was among the one hundred secondary school students who successfully made it through to the national final in Trinity College Dublin.

It’s a remarkable feat to get this far in such a keenly subscribed competition and hopes are high Niamh can go all the way.

2,600 students

From a starting line-up of 2,600 students across 23 counties, the one hundred top sleuths battled it out during an individual and team round, each lasting two hours. The top four decoders from the individual round will be selected to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad, which will be held in Beijing, China in July 2014. There, Team Ireland members will test their wits against students from over thirty countries during a week packed with puzzles and cultural experiences. The Olympiad, run by the Science Foundation Ireland-funded CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content, challenges students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex language puzzles in unfamiliar languages. This ‘code-breaking’ event aims to inspire the next generation of multilingual technology graduates, who possess a powerful blend of language competency and problem-solving expertise.

multilingual technology graduates

Ireland is experiencing significant demand for multilingual technology graduates across diverse industries, including the multi-billion euro digital content sector. Professor in Computer Science at Trinity, and Director of AILO organisers CNGL, Vincent Wade, said: “The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad hones students’ problem solving, lateral thinking and language skills – all key requirements in today’s global business world. By combining computational thinking and linguistics in a fun way, the contest is inspiring students to pursue third level studies at the intersection of computing, linguistics and language.” In preparation for the final, competitors received tuition from experts at CNGL, an academia-industry research centre that adapts and personalises digital content, products and services to the needs of global customers.


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