Tech Féile 2021

The largest national celebration for young people with Irish to celebrate their creative technology projects!

What’s happening

Kicking off on 18th January, and culminating in a live virtual awards ceremony on the 25th March, this year’s format will see each school and club entering one group project instead of individual student projects. Projects will be fully supported by the Tech Space team with weekly support sessions on offer, along with all of the equipment and information you will need to complete your project. Schools and clubs can submit various ideas they have across different categories.

Why this approach?

Tech Féile will provide more guidance and support than ever before, to ensure each educator has exactly what they need for their students! Through weekly sessions with the TechSpace team, we aim to make sure that each group has all of the support they need to learn and grow in their chosen area.

The programme of events, which will run over eight weeks, will culminate in a live virtual awards ceremony celebrating all projects, and with awards for those projects which stand out in terms of their creativity and innovation.

Tech Féile Gone By

We're interested! Who can participate?
  • Tech Féile is open to any Gaelcholáiste, scoil Ghaeltachta, or youth club that operates through Irish. For those already in our network, contact your regional TechSpace officer. If you’re not already part of our TechSpace network, get in touch by emailing TechSpace STEAM Education Officer Jules Ní Chonchobhair.We’ll also be offering live Q&A sessions on Google Meet on the following dates:
  • Monday 18th January 2021 at 15.30 here
  • Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 15.30 here
  • Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 15.30 here
  • Thursday 21st January 2021 at 15.30 here
  • Friday 22nd January 2021 at 15.30 here

If you have any questions, or would like further information before getting started, you’re welcome to drop into any one of those sessions. Simply choose which date suits best, and click the link next to the date.

Let's go! We're in! How do we begin?

Great! You can begin by registering the details of the projects you and the young people you are working with are interested in. Submit as many ideas you like in STEAM, Computer Science, and Digital Media categories. 

From documentaries, to computer games, VR and AR to robotics and coding. If it’s STEAM, Computer Science, or Digital Media, we look forward to all of your ideas! Submit them using this form. For more information on this year’s categories, click here

If you have any questions about your submission or any other aspects of Tech Féile and TechSpace, please do get in touch. 

Help! What supports are available?

We want every school and club to get the best out of Tech Féile that they can. To support our schools and youth clubs, we will be offering the following: 

  • Our TechSpace team will provide you with weekly support sessions
  • Equipment: We will help every school and club with equipment for their project
  • Guides: We can provide guides and advice on any aspect of your project
  • Ideas: If you need any advice or ideas on developing your project, we’ll help! 

If there is any other way in which we can support you, please get in touch with your regional TechSpace officer, and we will do all that we can! 

When? So, when is all of this happening?

Important Dates

Send in your project ideas

  • 29 January 2021

Completed projects submission date

  • 12 March 2021

Planning Week

  • 1–5 February

You’ll have a planning session with a regional TechSpace coordinator. This is a great opportunity to let us know the ways we can help you in your support sessions.

Support Sessions

  • 8, 15, 22 February; 1, 8 March

You will have access to five support sessions, once a week, with a member of the TechSpace team. If you need help with a piecec of equipment, a piece of code, or developing an idea, we’re here for you in these one-hour sessions.

Applications for Youth Presenters and Musicians

  • 19 February

We really want young musicians and presenters to be central to the live awards ceremony. Further information available here.

Regional Meetup

  • 22 February

This is a great opportunity to meet online with others in your region, present your projects, and learn about what others are up to.

Gairm TechTalks & TechTalks: Careers

  • 22, 23, 24 March

All things tech talk here. Subjects and special guests to be announced …

Awards Ceremony

  • 25 March

Live online awards ceremony with young musicians, young presenters, and awards announcements!

Anything else? What other ways can young people get involved?

From virtual gaming, to presenting, we have lined up more ways than ever for young people to get involved in Tech Féile! Take a look here