Intel turns school teacher with "innovation project" pilots

Some say they want to be a footballer when they want to grow up. Others say an astronaut.  Some even dream of becoming a tech journalist apparently.

But now Intel is pinning its hopes on youngsters wanting to become part of the monolithic global chip building firm with a new pilot project aiming for a recruitment drive in schools.

The project will begin in two secondary schools in Kilkenny, Ireland, to help promote technology driven innovation focusing on entrepreneurship and creativity and if successful will be rolled out across the world.

Intel has stated that the goal is to create excitement amongst kids at school age to “create future entrepreneurs” by conducting two day workshops in schools.

This success of the project could see the pilot carried into further schools in Britain and Ireland this year, and across the rest of the world in 2012 with Intel informing Techeye that a similar trial has run in Denmark, with another country to be decided on soon.

A workshop at the two schools involved in the pilot will be filmed this week and shown at the firm’s base in Silicon Valley, with county manager Joe Crockett stating that he is “delighted to be able to assist the Intel Foundation on the launch of this programme, and to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in their creative endeavours”.

Techeye spoke to Intel about the project which Sarah Sexton said “encourages kids to look at technological solutions to global problems”.

“We are encouraging a spirit of entrepreneurship,” Sexton said, though was adamant that the project is not looking to specifically enable connections for recruitment with Intel, stating that whilst it is “obviously a pipeline project that creates links” the project aims to encourage multidisciplinary skills.

“The pilot will look to create a blueprint of how to do the project on a broader scale,” says Sexton.