Ciara Judge is an 18 year-old scientist and entrepreneur from Kinsale, Ireland. Over the past three years, she has won the BT Young Scientist, the European Union Contest for Young Scientists and the Google Global Science Fair with her teammates for their research on the work of rhizobium with cereal crops. In September 2014, Time Magazine named Ciara as one of the 25 most influential teens worldwide, and she has been pegged as a 'rising star' and 'one to watch' by several national and international news outlets. She is now co-director of her first company, Germinaid Innovations, with Emer Hickey. Last summer, she began work on her second startup PurchaseMate, while studying at MIT, Boston.
Ciara is currently working with a global team on a new not-for-profit youth outreach platform called Project Zilkr to provide an online structured program that inspires young entrepreneurs. Ciara's entrepreneurial exploits, along with her philanthropic efforts with the Chernobyl Children's Project, were recently recognised at the 2015 Irish Tattler National Woman of the Year Awards.
Ciara is an internationally accomplished speaker, having spoken at events including We Day UK 2015, Wembley Arena, London; Thought For Food Summit 2015, Lisbon; The Web Summit 2015, Dublin; the Digital Ireland Forum 2014, Dublin; and the EU Innovation Convention 2014, Brussels.