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The goal of the John Hooper competition is to improve students' abilities to describe, explore and investigate their environment using statistics. This national competition is open to teams of 2 to 3 students, up to 18 years old and is named in honour of John Hooper BA* (1878 - 1930). The competition was first launched eight years ago to mark the first World Statistics Day in 2010.

This is the fourth year of the Award for the Best Use of CSO Open Data at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. This award is for the most innovative use, or potential use, of CSO data, be it in statistical analyses, processes or outputs, a piece of research, a visualisation or a data map, the development of a device, a software application or the use of CSO data in any other innovative way.

These competitions, along with the Census at Schools initiatives, are sponsored by CSO as part of our Educational Outreach programme.

2018 Competition Winners

The winners of the 2018 competitions were as follows: Michael Lough and Anne Marie Croghan, Roscommon Community College, awarded John Hooper Medal for Statistics for their poster “Attitudes to Green Space in Rural Towns”. Claire Gregg, Loreto College, Dublin, awarded Medal for Best Use of CSO Open Data at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.

The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 17 October 2018.