Student stereotypes would have you believe that all students are apathetic and are not proactive. The reality of the situation is very different.
These days, students are active and passionate about a variety of causes – and social media has helped unify them, to create noteworthy projects that have the rest of the population taking note.
1. Student Slingshot
Their mission statement is, ‘Protect The Future By Creating.’ It was founded by Patrick Guiney, a past student of UCD and current student at Smurfit Business school. Money is not the motivation behind this event but instead social responsibility is the foundation of it.
It was founded with the mission of educating and inspiring the next generation of young people about the range of potential exciting careers that are available to them. They held their inaugural event in November 2014 in Dublin Castle which was attended by 150 of Ireland’s top students and over 40 inspirational professionals. They are planning on expanding this initiative by holding more events locally, nationally and internationally. Their next event is scheduled for April 19th.
2. Moxegen GMIT
A simple idea but executed excellently. GMIT Student Union have created their own music festival on their university grounds. Building an event around an attentive audience is really smart because it’s simple and efficient.
This year they have a dance tent with XY Constant, Dead Prezidents and Droplife playing. They also will have Mundy, Keywest, Smash Hits, the Amazing Apples and many more.
3. UCC Library Sit In
Okay, so it’s not a ticketed event but it’s an event all the same. UCC students staged a protest in their library about the opening hours which they felt were not accommodating to their study needs.
Organised by the student union it highlights how an event can help further a cause – and the media coverage it received was testament to that.
Trinity College Dublin’s Jailbreak
This event has captured the imagination of the country, boasting all the ingredients for immediate media interest: adventure, charity and big thinking.
Organised by the Trinity branch of the Society for St Vincent de Paul and Trinity Law Society, the Jailbreak event challenges students to travel as far away from the college as possible, within 36 hours, without spending their own money. It was expanded this year to four other universities, highlighting its popularity even further.
Could your event also be on this list?
We are looking for Ireland’s best student event organiser. Do you have a great event idea? You have till 9am on March 24th to submit your event idea. Applications can be found here.
Five finalists will pitch their idea to five judges on March 31st at Hangar. The winner will get:
- €2000 towards making the event happen (they get to keep any profits made on the night).
- Free use of Hangar venue.
- Paid work placement with On Tap Events.
- Mentorship from Eventbrite.
- Showreel of the event.
The evening will be hosted by David Atkinson who has worked with The Voice Of Ireland and is a contributor to TV3’s Seven O’Clock Show.
Even if you don’t enter the competition you are welcome to attend the final on March 31st, which is free.
Clonmel 1650 will provide complimentary beer, and there also will be complimentary snacks.
There will be notable event organisers in attendance such as Bodytonic, The Festival Of Curiosity and Dublin County Council who are always looking for new talent so it’s a great opportunity to meet and greet. You can RSVP here.