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Hackathon, Internet, Stars, Small Technology and Equality with Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at MTU

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Talking with Dr. Niall Smith recently was an education. he talked about Cassini Hackathon Happening before the end of the month and how and why that is part of this hackathon that is happening simultaneously in 10 different global locations. he will work with the team national space center Also and looking for hacks in space technology. Be sure to mark your calendar for June 18-20, 2021 to attend the first hackathon.

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He also pointed out how important Low-Earth-Orbit WiFi is on a global scale that could see improvements in education and individual and even national conditions.

Then we stepped into Einstein, Star Shades and Miniature Moon Rovers and more. If you’re in space, listen to it.

Dr. Niall Smith

Niall studied astrophysics at UCD, and in 2005 became the first head of research at CIT, which now provides strategic oversight in disciplines ranging from science and engineering to the arts and music, on a budget of €14m per year. He led the establishment of a Researcher Career Framework for CIT researchers, central to the institute which was awarded the EU Commission HR Excellence in Research badge.

He is the founder-director of the award winning Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO), which celebrated its 12th anniversary with over 1.2 million visitors. BCO staff has trained more than 800 teachers to use the space in the classroom, with more than 35,000 elementary and primary and post-primary students in formal science workshops and an additional 40,000 in informal workshops, public events at Blackrock Castle Observatory. More than 120,000 members participating in .

In 2017, Niall was the host site lead for the International Space University Space Studies Program, the largest conference event ever to come to Cork, which lasts 9 weeks and includes more than 320 global space experts. The conference published a document titled ‘A Roadmap for Emerging Space States’, which helped catalyze the development of a national space strategy for the enterprise. Niall was HEI’s representative in the National Steering Group for Space Strategy.

He focuses on space topics including ultra-high precision photometry and uses small satellites in low Earth orbit for a range of tasks from high resolution imaging to space cyber security to rural broadband. They have secured €1m as PI on competitive grants, €400k as Co-I, and approximately €2m through BCO for outreach. Niall writes a monthly column in the Irish Examiner called ‘SkyMatters’, and is a board member of the National Sculpture Factory and a member of several national committees.


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