News — September 29, 2016

Ciara Judge of Ireland Selected as One of the 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

For her dedication to improving the world through technology, Ciara Judge of Ireland was named a 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of scientific and/or technological advancement. 


Recognized by Time magazine and Huffington Post as one of the top 25 most influential teens in the world, Ciara Judge has been invested in biology and technology since a young age and encourages youth and women to become more involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Judge has attracted international recognition for her achievements as a young scientist, leading a team to awards three consecutive years at the BT Young Scientist Technology Exhibition, where they were awarded first prize in the EU Contest for Young Scientist. They also won the Google Global Science Fair for their project, which aims to solve world hunger by improving crop productivity and increasing food security in developing countries. In April of 2015, Judge and her teammate Emer Hickey launched Germinaid Innovations, the company in which they intend to commercialize their scientific findings. At MIT Launch, a program for young entrepreneurs, Judge innovated the idea for PurchaseMate, an app that encourages socially aware purchasing by sharing corporate ethical information with shoppers by easily scanning a product’s barcode. Later, she and a group of peers launched Project Zilkr, which later merged with the United Nation’s The Youth Corp, to encourage young people to become entrepreneurs. Early in 2016 she was invited by the European Commission to coauthor a policy statement on the support of young researchers called the Bratislava Declaration. Outside of her work, Judge is passionate about volunteering for charitable causes and was recently selected as a Youth Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland.


Judge’s dedication to improving the world shines through her innovative projects and achievements. She raises awareness on pressing global issues while encouraging young people, especially women, to lead the technological movement to create a brighter future.



JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.


These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2016 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2016 JCI TOYP Honorees on Thursday, November 3 at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Québec City, Canada.


About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5000 communities across nearly 120 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. 


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