About Me

My journey through science, entrepreneurship and life in general

The girl behind the lab glasses

Who am I? Well, that's a loaded question. Honestly I dont really love the idea of writing a whole screenplay about myself, so here's just my most recent bio:

Ciara Judge is an Irish science communicator, scientist and entrepreneur. As a young teenager she was part of a team that won the BT Young Scientist, the EU Young Scientist and the Google Science Fair for her scientific research, and in 2014 TIME Magazine named her as being one of the 25 most influential teens worldwide.

In early 2015 she cofounded her first company, Germinaid Innovations with her friend Emer Hickey. The company gained traction over the following two years which resulted in a year long partnership with Bill Gates’ Intellectual Ventures in Seattle during the 2016/17 academic year. She also has cofounded a second startup PurchaseMate, and is on the board of directors of the UN’s YouthCorp Initiative. In addition to her background in the technology and entrepreneurship sector, Ciara also has a keen eye on the world of activism, and in 2016 was named a Global Teen Leader by the We Are Family Foundation for her efforts in the fight against world hunger. She has continued to work closely with the We Are Family Foundation since 2016 and has spoken at many of their conferences and events, most notably when she delivered a talk at TedxTeen in London in 2016.

For the last few years, Ciara has spent at least part of her summers at MIT in Boston: in 2015 to attend the entrepreneurship incubator MIT Launch, and returning the following two years as staff. This summer she will be rejoining the program to act as Education and Training Coordinator across the three locations of MIT, University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. She is also coauthor of the Bratislava Declaration of Young Researchers, issued under the Slovak EU Presidency. In November 2016 Ciara was named by JCI as being among the ten most Outstanding Young People in the World and was honoured at their world congress in Quebec.

Ciara is now entering her fourth year as a BSc Genetics student at University College Cork, where she has been awarded a Quercus Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholarship as a result of her extracurricular activities.

Ciara is a strong believer in the ethos that young people are just as able, if not more able to change the world as adults are, and spreads this message by speaking at events and conferences worldwide. Some notable people in her audiences have included President Jimmy Carter, Bono, President Micheal D Higgins, and Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP Worldwide.