The Big Idea
The Big Idea
The Big Idea
The Big Idea
The Big Idea

About Us

What we do

What we do

We equip transition year students with the creative mindset to tackle the biggest problems society faces, in other words, to change their world. We work collaboratively with schools and students to create, experiment, invent, take risks, make mistakes, and have fun. Our inclusively designed programme empowers students with creative tools that will expand their capabilities, building confidence and knowledge base connecting them with their communities and bridging the gap with Industry. The best of the best work with us as judges and mentors. They give real-world advice directly to the students, sharing their knowledge and connecting the students and their communities with Industry. We will celebrate students' work in a virtual exhibition in May 2021!
The Best of the Best

The Best of the Best

The best of the best work with us as judges and mentors. They give real-world advice directly to the students, sharing their knowledge and connecting the students and their communities with Industry. We will celebrate students' work at an online event and showcase their learning journey in a virtual exhibition in May 2021!
Why we do it

Why we do it

We have a responsibility to arm our next generation with the tools that will empower them to solve the pressing issues that they will inherit. We want to build creative capacity so that students can be the best global citizens. It’s also central to EU and national education and innovation policies. We know schools are busy and teachers can be overloaded. We work collaboratively to support teachers to facilitate a learning environment full of creativity, innovation, exploration, critical and divergent thinking.
For a Creative Nation

For a Creative Nation

It’s a tough time for families, and school resources are stretched. We know the benefits of creativity and want to make sure there are no barriers for inclusion. That’s why it will always be FREE for students, parents and schools! We believe that creativity is a hard skill and not a soft skill, that its benefits are exponential. Creativity benefits society, culture and industry and true innovation happens when creativity is at its core. ‘Increasing the capacity for creative innovation is central to the success of our society.’ Kim Mackenzie-Doyle

Growing B!G

2020

We built the foundations through a very challenging year but Creativity loves a challenge! Workshop formats were trialled and tested, and the programme material was created. Strategic planning for 2021 mapped out our ambitions. 

We onboarded nearly 100 incredible creative professionals from all corners of Ireland who feel as passionate about THE B!G iDEA as we do.  We welcomed our first schools who believed in the benefits of creativity and embraced the potential of our programme.

2021

We won’t forget the start of the year where we launched with 500 students in counties Carlow, Limerick and Clare. A third national lockdown results in schools beginning the year online, but The B!g idea team rise to the occasion and pre-plan an alternate solution for online workshops that kick off our programme in style.

We introduce the five topics linked to briefs the students will be working on, all developed from student feedback early in the creation of THE B!G iDEA. We will empower the students with the creative skill set to tackle pressing social issues from Housing Crisis, Racism, Ageing Population, Health and Wellbeing, and of course, Pandemics.

2022

In 2022 we aim to welcome 2000 students to THE B!G iDEA, growing the creative capacity of students around the country. Ever-evolving the programme with expert input, we will introduce new learning methodologies to support the student learning experience. 

Look out for more incredible mentors and judges that will join us to support our students, bridging the gap between industry and education.

2023

In 2023 our ambition is to introduce 10,000 students to THE B!G iDEA. They will expand their innovative thinking, increase their confidence and gain critical creative skills that will stay with them for life.

Our immense panel of experts will support the students and allow them to gain a glimpse of how innovative thinking is working to improve life in Ireland and beyond.

2024

Look out Ireland, we are going national with an aim to have every school a creative school, 40,000 students later. Just imagine a generation of creative innovators who can take on the biggest challenges society faces. 

Connecting creative change-makers from industry and creative change-makers from secondary education, Ireland will experience a new way of thinking. An innovative society that works together for a better future for all!

The Team

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle

Instigator

Our Fearless leader. The Head Honcho. The Big Cheese with The Big Idea. Kim is a former President and current Director of the Institute of Designers Ireland and is a firm believer in the power of creativity to effect positive change. She thinks B!G and she thinks you should too!


Ronan Healy

Creative Partner

Ronan is our Creative Partner at THE B!G iDEA. As far as industry experience goes, Ronan plays with LEGO professionally, and while doing so, has worked with B!g thinkers like Microsoft, Stryker and Gas Networks Ireland. Yes, you read that right, he plays with LEGO professionally, AND he leads our video workshops!


Patrick Freeley

Making Moves

Pat is our Motion Designer at THE B!G iDEA. He is our mover and shaker! 

He likes his graphics alive, his coffee hot, and his clichés in threes.


Swathi Gangadhar

Creative Curator

For all things ‘curation’ at THE B!G iDEA, we don’t have to look much farther than the brilliant Swathi, our Creative Curator! With a flair for space design (whatever, NASA!), and a talent for convincing people to share their selfies, she helps us connect students directly to the industry.


Sarah Flynn

Social Innovation Designer

Sarah is our Social Innovation Designer – a.k.a an ‘Absolute Wizard’. She makes our UX *click* with one hand, and plays a mean concertina with the other. If you’ve never tried to play the concertina with one hand, please don’t.


Rick Nassar

Marketing

When it comes to marketing (and having fabulous hair) Rick is our guy. He’s our guru and supports all of THE B!G iDEA’s ‘BIG IDEAS’ with research, strategy and a swish of his hair!

Become a partner

Align your brand with the most progressive student programme on the island of Ireland and support a new generation of creatively empowered youth.

Make a B!G impact with us!