The winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced.

Watch a replay of the awards event below. 

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Winner announced

Shane Curran, aged 16, a 5th year student from Terenure College, Dublin 6, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ‘qCrypt: The quantum-secure, encrypted, data storage solution with multijurisdictional quorum sharding technology’.

Shane competed in the senior section of the Technology category. Shane’s award includes a prize-fund of €5,000, the BTYSTE perpetual trophy, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Tallinn, Estonia later this year.

What has RTÉ been up to at BTYSTE2017?

Radio: The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene on RTÉ 2fm kicked off  this year’s BTYSTE with a live broadcast from 10am to 1pm on Thursday, followed by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh live show on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 3pm to 5pm.On Friday, Mo K brought the beats to the RDS on RTÉ Pulse at 10am, while Tracy Clifford was live on RTÉ2FM at 1pm on Friday afternoon. Rick O’Shea sees visitors and listeners through Saturday morning with his usual mix of music and chat, from 11am – 1pm on RTÉ2FM.

Television: Today with Maura & Dáithí on RTÉ One was reporting live from the RTÉ set on Thursday, featuring special guests. RTÉ2’s daily news bulletin, news2day were reporting from the event on Thursday and Friday, including a report from the winner of the bulletin’s ‘Reporter for a Day’ competition.

Ever wanted to present the weather?The RTÉ Weather and the Met Éireann teams are present morning and lunchtime bulletins at the RTÉ set each day of the event, live on RTÉ One, and budding meteorologists will have the chance to deliver the weather forecast each day with perennial favourite, Weather Wannabees.

RTÉ News brings you regular updates from the RDS across the event, while Nationwide on RTÉ One will report on previous winners on Wednesday 11th January at 7pm.

Rio Ferdinand and Eoghan McDermott

Following the success of previous years, RTÉ presenters, including Bryan Dobson, Miriam O’Callaghan and Eoghan McDermott were again be on hand to put the interview skills of BTYSTE participants to the test on the RTÉ set at 11am on Thursday and Friday.

RTÉjr’s Bug Hunter, Dr. Michel Dugon returns to give students and visitors a chance to get up close and personal with bugs, insects, creepy crawlies and will share plenty of stories of bug hunting expeditions from 12 to 4pm on Friday while RTÉjr’s Reuben will provide entertainment for younger visitors to the RDS on Saturday from 12.30 to 3.30pm.

Online, a live stream of the Awards Ceremony will be available to view on on Friday 13th January from 5.30pm and all RTÉ coverage from the event will be available to view through a special catch-up hub on RTÉ Player.

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Rio Ferdinand and Blathnaid NíChofaigh