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Our B!G SEI Gathering

Our B!G SEI Gathering

02 December 2022

Recently, The B!G Idea was selected for a place on the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact programme, a nine-month accelerator …

B!G Mentor Meet Up

B!G Mentor Meet Up

18 November 2022

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you will know by now that on Wednesday 16th November The B!G Idea fulfilled …

B!G 5 Live Updates

B!G 5 Live Updates

27 October 2022

We’ve been a little quiet on the B!G 5 front of late as we’ve been busy getting classes ready for next year’s programme …

B!G 2022 Winners Bring Idea to Reality

B!G 2022 Winners Bring Idea to Reality

20 October 2022

One of the amazing prizes at our Showcase in 2022 was a workshop to develop and prototype the overall B!G Winner’s idea …

Rock On – We’ve Been Nominated!

Rock On – We’ve Been Nominated!

13 October 2022

It’s that time of year again! The IDI awards is the equivalent of the Oscars for design. Last year we were unbelievably blown away …

The B!G Idea Accessing Europe

The B!G Idea Accessing Europe

13 October 2022

In case there is any doubt of our ability and drive we now have a global profile! The B!G Idea has a profile on Access Europe …

Sizzling Success For The B!G Idea

Sizzling Success For The B!G Idea

05 October 2022

Our extensive awards cabinet has been added to again! This time it was our local home town who made us so proud …

Success With Rethink

Success With Rethink

05 October 2022

We’re thrilled to be announced as an Awardee of the Equity in Education Fund from Rethink Ireland …

Our B!G Impact

Our B!G Impact

22 September 2022

DRUMROLL PLEASE…..We are SUPER excited and proud to share our Impact Report with you all! WOW…

The B!G BANG Project

The B!G BANG Project

23 August 2022

The B!G Idea team is not fond of sitting around. Last week, Kim, our main lady and Niamh, our programme manager …

B!G Impact Summary

B!G Impact Summary

23 August 2022

This is a monumental time for The B!G Idea team as we complete our first ever Impact Report. We can’t tell you how excited …

The B!G 5 Live Rocks On!

The B!G 5 Live Rocks On!

09 August 2022

The 2022 Mentors have been playing a blinder over the last number of weeks meeting Kim on Instagram Live and passing on …

The B!G Mentor Series Has Taken Off!

The B!G Mentor Series Has Taken Off!

05 August 2022

On 21 July we had the first of our Mentor series and what an incredible kick-off event it was! It was fantastic to have so many …

B!G Digital Design Intern Needed

B!G Digital Design Intern Needed

20 July 2022

We are looking for a creative, energetic Digital/Visual Communication Graduate who wants to help us support young people …

B!G Award Partner – RIAI

B!G Award Partner – RIAI

20 July 2022

We have been so lucky to have the RIAI (The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland) as an award partner this year …

B!G Award Partner – Netwatch

B!G Award Partner – Netwatch

05 July 2022

The B!G Idea are thrilled to have the immeasurable Netwatch as an award partner, supporting our students to be fearless …

The B!G Idea Meets Izzy’s Wheels

The B!G Idea Meets Izzy’s Wheels

05 July 2022

We were so lucky to have a chat with the incredibly bubbly, energetic and inspiring Ailbhe Keane from Izzy’s Wheels …

All Your Mentor Questions Answered

All Your Mentor Questions Answered

05 July 2022

At this stage it’s probably fair to say you’ve heard of our B!G Mentors (because we love to shout about them!) …

B!G Award Partner – CJ Fallon

B!G Award Partner – CJ Fallon

14 June 2022

Who doesn’t remember the CJ Fallon logo on their text books while making their way through school lessons …

Singing From The Rooftops!

Singing From The Rooftops!

31 May 2022

We just love seeing our name in print and it’s everywhere we look at the moment! Following our B!G Showcase, we’ve had coverage …

B!G Winners 2022!

B!G Winners 2022!

30 May 2022

What a collection of winners! 2022 produced some incredible projects ranging from spaces for teenagers to hang out in …

B!G Award Partner – MSD

B!G Award Partner – MSD

30 May 2022

The B!G Idea are so lucky to have MSD as an award partner and having their support over the past two years means the world to us …

B!G Ideas for 2022

B!G Ideas for 2022

17 May 2022

What a mind-blowing experience to read through all of this year’s projects. The five categories this year were …

Filming Road Trip

Filming Road Trip

17 May 2022

Last week Kim and Fiona embarked on a mini road trip taking in schools from Newcastle West in Durgarvan all the way up to Louth …

The B!G Idea Showcase 2022

The B!G Idea Showcase 2022

12 May 2022

Two-thousand students from schools nationwide are nearing the end of The Big Idea programme as they submit their projects …

Creative Ireland and The B!G Idea – Together, a Force to be Reckoned With!

Creative Ireland and The B!G Idea – Together, a Force to be Reckoned With!

11 May 2022

The B!G Idea believes in the power of creativity and democratising it to broaden young people’s mindsets …

B!G Prizes

B!G Prizes

04 May 2022

Can you hear that? That silence is the calm before the storm. And the storm is a storm of whopper prizes …

More B!G 5 Antics

More B!G 5 Antics

28 April 2022

The B!G 5 has continued throughout the year in all its bonkers, lively, fun yet informative way …

B!G Award Partner – Aerogen

B!G Award Partner – Aerogen

19 April 2022

This year we are simply chuffed to have Aerogen on board as one of our Award partners …

Community Of Practice App

Community Of Practice App

11 April 2022

Not ones to rest on our laurels, we have pulled out all the stops to produce our first ever mobile Teacher App …

The B!G Student Journey

The B!G Student Journey

14 March 2022

It’s hard to believe we are already in Week 8 of the second year of The B!G Idea. Over 2000 students from 42 schools …

Double Whammy Winners

Double Whammy Winners

14 March 2022

We’ve said before that we don’t do things by halves and last night we proved that once again when we won, not one but two …

B!G Mentor and Teacher Chats

B!G Mentor and Teacher Chats

02 March 2022

On Thursday 17 February we hosted our final Lunch and Learn for Mentors. This was a very special one …

Mentoring Tips

Mentoring Tips

01 March 2022

Couldn’t make our Mentor Kick-off Session? Here are some Tips and Takeaways from our chat with B!G Idea Teacher…

More Mentoring Tips

More Mentoring Tips

01 March 2022

Couldn’t make our Mentor Kick-off Session? Here are some Tips and Takeaways from our chat with B!G Idea returning Mentor …

The B!G 5 Birthday

The B!G 5 Birthday

01 March 2022

We had a B!G birthday to celebrate last week as Instagram Live was one year old! Over the past year we have interviewed…

B!G Marketeer Needed

B!G Marketeer Needed

01 March 2022

The B!G Idea is recruiting. You heard it right, there is a position available for a Digital Marketeer, starting immediately…

Think Global Awards

Think Global Awards

16 February 2022

Another month, another award possibility. We have always made it our mission to be the best that we can possibly be…

B!G Swag Bags Delivered

B!G Swag Bags Delivered

16 February 2022

Over the last month The B!G Idea team have worked tirelessly to pack over 2000 Swag bags and 91 teacher boxes …

B!G Mentor Offer – Pieces

B!G Mentor Offer – Pieces

16 February 2022

Spring is on the way and with it a feeling of renewal and new beginnings. It’s the time of year when we all feel the need to shake off….

B!G Mentor Interview – Andreas Heil

B!G Mentor Interview – Andreas Heil

16 February 2022

We had the pleasure of meeting up with B!G Mentor, Andreas Heil in the company’s plush new headquarters in Swords….

B!G Briefs 2022

B!G Briefs 2022

23 January 2022

The B!G Idea 2022 briefs are ready. It is time to stop talking and to get down to brass tacks…

B!G Mentor Interview – Niamh Harmon

B!G Mentor Interview – Niamh Harmon

23 January 2022

It was lovely to meet up with Niamh Harmon from Sales Force to get her thoughts on being a Mentor…

B!G Mix Of Mentor Offers

B!G Mix Of Mentor Offers

23 January 2022

Since October The B!G Idea have been offering discounts to our 2022 Mentors as a little way of saying thank you…

Kicking Off To A Great Start

Kicking Off To A Great Start

23 January 2022

On 10th January 43 schools throughout the country embarked on a new B!G Idea programme. This includes over 80 …

B!G Mentor Interview – Ronan Healy

B!G Mentor Interview – Ronan Healy

20 December 2021

It was the turn of Ronan Healy who is co-founder of a service design studio…

B!G 5 Round Up

B!G 5 Round Up

20 December 2021

The B!G 5 never fails to entertain and the most recent interviews have certainly lived up to this ….

2021 B!G Highlights

2021 B!G Highlights

20 December 2021

What a year we’ve had! We might have been smack in the middle of the first global pandemic in 100 years but…

B!G Mentor Offer – Stribe

B!G Mentor Offer – Stribe

10 December 2021

Christmas is coming and boy, do we have an offer for you! Stribe are offering 35% off which will be just the thing….

CEUD and The B!G Idea

CEUD and The B!G Idea

02 December 2021

The B!G Idea and IDI (Institute of Designers in Ireland) are working with CEUD (Centre for Excellence in Universal Design) and NDA…

B!G Winners

B!G Winners

02 December 2021

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Winners of the highest calibre! This week our main lady, our head honcho…

B!G Mentor Sectors

B!G Mentor Sectors

02 December 2021

We thought it would be pretty cool to find out more about our Mentors who are joining the programme this year…

B!G Mentor Offer – Manageable

B!G Mentor Offer – Manageable

02 December 2021

We love a discount as much as anyone and this week we have a fabulous opportunity …

B!G Mentor Interview – Gillian Henderson

B!G Mentor Interview – Gillian Henderson

02 December 2021

The B!G Idea have loved having Jill Deering and Gillian Henderson from Jill & Gill as Mentors …

B!G Success With Rethink

B!G Success With Rethink

02 December 2021

We are so thrilled to have been selected as a worthy recipient of startup funding …

Responsible Innovation Summit

Responsible Innovation Summit

03 November 2021

The B!G Idea was super excited to be asked to speak at the Responsible Innovation Summit on Thursday 21 October…

B!G Mentor Offer – This Is Doing

B!G Mentor Offer – This Is Doing

03 November 2021

The B!G Idea is thrilled to offer 15% discount off all training and events with This Is Doing to our 2022 Mentors…

B!G Nominations

B!G Nominations

03 November 2021

The IDI Awards is one of those super glittery, fun events that is held every year and brings out the competitive edge…

B!G Mentor Interview – Donnacha Neary

B!G Mentor Interview – Donnacha Neary

03 November 2021

We had the pleasure of speaking with Donnacha Neary, Managing Director of Sonica…

B!G Mentor Offer – SB Payroll

B!G Mentor Offer – SB Payroll

02 November 2021

We love our Mentors and we know that many of you are ploughing your own furrows…

B!G 5 Live Is Back!

B!G 5 Live Is Back!

02 November 2021

The B!G Five is back!! Each week we ask one of our Superstar mentors 5 questions and they have 15 seconds to answer…

B!G Schools for 2022

B!G Schools for 2022

20 October 2021

Following on from last year’s wonderful success, The B!G Idea team are pulling out all the stops…

B!G Mentor Offers – 2Y3X

B!G Mentor Offers – 2Y3X

20 October 2021

Here we go again, another incredible offer, another incredible way to progress…

B!G Student Projects

B!G Student Projects

20 October 2021

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past year then you will have heard us talking and talking….

B!G Interview – Gillian Reidy

B!G Interview – Gillian Reidy

20 October 2021

Our B!G Mentor to interview this week was Gillian Reidy, designer and business owner of Penhouse Design…

B!G Mentor Timeline

B!G Mentor Timeline

11 October 2021

So you are thinking of signing up or you have already signed up as a B!G Mentor and you’re wondering…

Our B!G Students

Our B!G Students

07 October 2021

Our students had a lot to say about our 2021 programme and we loved hearing it. The enthusiasm and desire for creativity was bubbling out of each and every one of them…

B!G Mentor Offer – Buddabag

B!G Mentor Offer – Buddabag

07 October 2021

To continue our campaign of giving something back to you, we are thrilled to be able to offer all our 2022 Mentors 20% discount off Buddabags…

B!G Interview – Ashwin Chacko

B!G Interview – Ashwin Chacko

07 October 2021

This week it was the turn of positive vision storyteller, Ashwin Chacko for a quick chat. Ashwin uses…

B!G Talks!

B!G Talks!

22 September 2021

It’s probably obvious by now that we are not ones to sit back and watch the world go by! Over the next month, we will be making lots of noise about our…

B!G Mentor Offers – Arboretum

B!G Mentor Offers – Arboretum

22 September 2021

At The B!G Idea we believe in giving back and so we are thrilled to be able to offer lots and lots of exciting discounts…

B!G Interview – Roisin Lafferty

B!G Interview – Roisin Lafferty

22 September 2021

We are so lucky to know so many cool people and this week we caught up with one such person. Roisin Lafferty is…

B!G Interview – Cormac O’Conaire

B!G Interview – Cormac O’Conaire

03 September 2021

We caught up with Cormac O’Conaire this week, Chief Design Officer in Design Partners. Cormac was one of…

DesignPOP

DesignPOP

03 September 2021

Last week, 27-29 August, Kim presented The B!G Idea at DesignPOP to continue our campaign to increase visibility…

B!G Interview – Emma Geoghan

B!G Interview – Emma Geoghan

03 August 2021

Our second interviewee of sparkly mentors is Emma Geoghan, architect, urban designer and Programme…

B!G Interview – Scott Burnett

B!G Interview – Scott Burnett

19 July 2021

It’s clear that we think The B!G Idea rocks and is the future for education in Ireland but we thought it would be good to talk…

B!G Student Impact

B!G Student Impact

25 June 2021

We know creative skills are valuable and we wanted to prove it! We surveyed our 2021 students to see how The B!G Idea impacted them…

B!G Mentor Impact

B!G Mentor Impact

24 June 2021

Last week we had the opportunity to meet with some of our incredible superstar mentors to get a feel for their thoughts on our first year…

The B!G Winners!!

The B!G Winners!!

01 June 2021

Congratulations to all the student participants for their incredible entries, they certainly didn’t make life easy for our judges…

Super Speakers

Super Speakers

13 May 2021

It’s finally here! Our B!G showcase event is really happening and we have such an exciting line-up of the B!GGEST superstars. Emma Power of 2FM…

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life

29 April 2021

From personas to empathy maps to storyboards to journey maps, nobody could argue that The B!G Idea programme wasn’t varied and involving…

All Over The News

All Over The News

29 April 2021

We are so excited to see our name being bandied about across all media sites at the moment. While those on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…

Save The Date

Save The Date

14 April 2021

The B!G day that we’ve all been working so hard towards is fast approaching so take a moment and mark it on your calendars now. Judgement Day!

Contagious Creativity

Contagious Creativity

14 April 2021

“Don’t worry about other people, just be kind to yourself” Daithi Baxter, Creative Director, Fabrik

The B!G Prizes

The B!G Prizes

31 March 2021

Drum roll please! We have some whopper prizes for our students this year! Every student who has worked so hard during…

Mentors Mentoring

Mentors Mentoring

31 March 2021

This month the B!G iDEA house is buzzing. Pitches have been submitted from our students across Ireland and we have 101 top creative professionals lined up to mentor each one.

The B!G Five

The B!G Five

14 March 2021

The B!G iDEA  is getting comfortable on Instagram Live every Wednesday at 11am. Each week we ask one of our…

6000 and Counting

6000 and Counting

24 February 2021

We are very excited in the B!G Idea house this week. While aiming for 2000 students for the 2022 waiting list, we have been…

A Glowing Review

A Glowing Review

01 February 2021

We could hardly contain ourselves when we received this feedback from the very first school involved in The Big Idea 2021…

Why Lego?

Why Lego?

26 January 2021

The link between Lego and creativity is an obvious one. We’re all familiar with children (and some adults!) diligently…

The B!G box

The B!G box

17 January 2021

We know our teachers go above and beyond for their students, even paying for additional equipment…

Swag in the Bag

Swag in the Bag

22 December 2020

During a chilly December, we were thrilled to have the support of family and friends who helped…