mTech.Academy Students Counting Down to MWC19 Barcelona

18 February, 2019

100 Students and 20 Teachers from across Northern Ireland to Participate
at World’s Leading Technology Showcase

18 February 2019, Belfast: One week from today, 100 students representing 10 different schools across Northern Ireland will be setting off for Barcelona to take part in the world’s leading technology showcase, MWC19 Barcelona. The field trip to the annual tech fest is an integral element in the mTech.Academy programme, which combines innovative technology, creativity and real-world skills development to help prepare young people and teachers for the future of work. Being held 25-28 February, MWC19 Barcelona is set to welcome more than 107,000 attendees and over 2,400 participating companies, including at least 35 Ireland-based companies.

The students, along with 20 teachers, mTech.Academy founder Diane Morrow and representatives of mTech.Academy partners including BT, Dawson Andrews, Grant Thornton, Instil, Novosco, PwC and Smiley Monroe, will attend the Youth Mobile (YoMo) Festival at MWC. YoMo is a dedicated programme designed to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, art/design and math (STEAM). Over four days, YoMo offers a wide range of educational exhibits, live theatre shows, interactive workshops and hands-on activities, as well as educator-focused workshops, lectures and more.

mTech.Academy founder Diane Morrow will also be speaking at YoMo, delivering a keynote and participating in a panel discussion in the Teacher Track on Wednesday, 27 February. She will present a case study of mTech.Academy, outlining how the initiative is delivering experiential learning for the future of work for hundreds of students across Northern Ireland. Her presentation will underscore the critical connection between industry and education and how this will create new opportunities for students, teachers and employers alike.

While at MWC, the students will experience “Intelligent Connectivity” – the powerful combination of massive high-speed connectivity and artificial intelligence (AI) – first-hand. MWC features a dazzling array of technologies, products and services that are shaping the future, from 5G networks to AI, the Internet of things to augmented reality and virtual reality, connected cars to robots and drones, and much more.

“This trip to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona offers our students and teachers an invaluable opportunity to not only experience the exciting cutting-edge technology that will influence our everyday lives for years to come, but also see how it will impact the workplace and the education that students need to thrive in the digital world,” said Michael O’Hara, Founder, mTech.Academy. “We founded mTech.Academy with the vision of delivering experiential learning for the future of work and there’s really no better place to see this in action than at MWC.”

Student Teams Present in mTech.Academy Smart Cities Challenge
As their signature project for the 2018/19 mTech.Academy programme, 300 students have been working on a Smart Cities Challenge. Over the last six months, with strong support from local industry, they have been researching smart cities and identifying solutions that they believe will benefit their communities.

At YoMo on Thursday, 28 February, 10 representative teams of students will present their smart cities visions, outlining how they will use technology to tackle a wide range of real-world issues. Their proposals will demonstrate how smart city services will help decrease traffic congestion, create new transport options, improve waste management, monitor crime, make street lighting more efficient, improve student travel safety, decrease carbon emissions and give citizens new ways to communicate with their council.

For more information on MWC Barcelona, visit and for detail on YoMo, visit You can follow MWC on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC19, on LinkedIn at or on Facebook at

mTech.Academy Students Giving Back to Northern Ireland
As the mTech.Academy students head off to Barcelona, they are also giving back to their community. Working with Lurgan-based social enterprise Madlug, the 100 mTech.Academy students have purchased backpacks that they will carry in Barcelona; in turn, Madlug is matching these purchases, giving bags to 100 children in care across Northern Ireland. For more information on Madlug, visit

Schools participating in the mTech.Academy programme for the 2018/19 school year are: Abbey Community College; Aquinas Grammar School; Assumption Grammar School; Bangor Grammar School; Regent House School; St. Cecilia’s College; St. Ciaran’s College; Saint Conor’s College; St. Ronan’s College; and Strangford Integrated College. mTech.Academy is supported by companies including PwC (Strategic Partner); Grant Thornton (Learning Partner); BT, Dawson Andrews, Instil, Novosco and Smiley Monroe (Industry Partners); and Around Noon, Bespoke Communications, Glandore, MCE Public Relations, Tenacity Works and W5 (Supporting Partners).


About mTech.Academy
Founded by experts from the education and technology communities, mTech.Academy delivers experiential learning for the future of work. The holistic mTech.Academy programme provides a project-based, technology-centric curriculum that addresses the specific requirements of students, teachers and head teachers, preparing them for new opportunities in the digital world. Combining innovative technology, creativity and real-world skills development, mTech.Academy empowers students, providing a strong foundation to achieve their potential.

For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @mTechAcademy and LinkedIn

Media Contact:
Beth Morrissey