Pitch 200 kicks off in Northern Ireland

The competition is part of the ICE 200 celebrations

Left to Right: Emer Murnaghan, Fiona Bennington, Stephanie Martin and Mark Simpson
Left to Right: Emer Murnaghan, Fiona Bennington, Stephanie Martin and Mark Simpson

Stephanie Martin of AECOM has won the Northern Ireland heat of Pitch 200, securing the first spot in the competition final in London this November.

Over 100 guests gathered at the Black Box in Belfast on 21 February to watch the event, which featured seven ICE members pitching their engineering concepts in 200 seconds or less.

Local comedian Ruairi Woods hosted the event, which was overseen by a judging panel featuring BBC's Mark Simpson, Emer Murnaghan of GRAHAM Construction, and design engineer Fiona Bennington. JP Corry kindly sponsored the event.

As part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival, the event drew many members of the public with a keen interest in STEM subjects.

"ICE 200 is all about educating the public and inspiring the next generation of civil engineers, which is exactly what our contestants did at Pitch 200," said Regional Director Richard Kirk.

"Each of them rose to the challenge of explaining difficult concepts in fun and accessible ways, upholding ICE's legacy of promoting engineering for the public good."

Stephanie's topic, 'The Importance of Taking a Bath,' drew a comparison between a normal bath and a reservoir, demonstrating sediment build-up with a bath bomb in a plastic tub.

"Congratulations to Stephanie on her fantastic achievement. She demonstrated how civil engineering can be explained using everyday items, but also how it is critical for our everyday lives," Richard said.

The other contestants included:

  • Joshua Shannon, Work+ apprentice at Jacobs
  • Ryan Clarke, AECOM
  • Adrian Long, Queen's University Belfast
  • Connor Morgan, AECOM
  • Shaun Reyonlds, Jacobs
  • Peter Smyth, Jacobs

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