Our Event

The Syndic8 National Technology final  takes place on the 16th May at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Three competitions run throughout the day, F1 in schools, RC rally and Drone racing. This event is unique, with RC cars driving and drones flying throughout the day.

Teams have designed and manufactured a car or drone for the National finals, which will be showcased at the event and  teams are invited to present their car/drone to the judges.  Cars/drones are raced against other teams along syndic8 custom designed tracks to gauge speed and agility, among other relevant performance criteria. Marks are awarded for the effectiveness of design and the aesthetics of the car/drone.

Major companies and educational institutes are exhibiting and attending this syndic8 event. They will deliver keynote speeches, technical presentations and general information to schools, teachers and students regarding the services and the courses they provide. Each part of the day is designed carefully to be relevant to the engineering sector and all attendees are keen to talk to you.

Every school and institute is invited to attend on the date, here you can enjoy the events and each competition, whilst taking the opportunity to discuss the range of courses that the colleges offer and inspect the services that exhibiting companies provide. This syndic8 event gives students, schools and teachers the opportunity to investigate special offers regarding machinery or other services offered by the exhibitors.

The Venue

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham is an iconic landmark. It was built in 1680 by royal command and predates its sister, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, by just two years. This is the oldest classical building in Ireland and was based on Les Invalides in Paris. Impressive, isn’t it?

When it was built, the hospital housed just 20 people although it was designed for 400 (at times through history it housed up to 2,500). In 1690, they began looking after army pensioners from the Battle Of The Boyne.

In 1991, the RHK became home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) which explains all of those stunning sculptures you’ll see around the hospital’s 48 acres.

Today they host one prestige event at a time, including weddings, conferences, product launches, gala banquets and exhibitions.

Their other clients include the Irish Government, the EU, Facebook, Amazon, Google and Aer Lingus.


They have hosted many 2004 and 2013 EU Presidency events for the Government, Failte Ireland’s Meitheal (huge tourism trade event) in 2008 and 2015 and the National Commemoration Day every year. If the RHK looks familiar that’s because it has been used for many movies and TV shows, including most recently The Tudors.

Many important award nights have been held here too, including the Irish Theatre Awards and Inter Trade Ireland Innovation Awards, both for Irish Times, and the Best of Dublin Awards 2015.

The RHK is easy to get to and from, has lots of room to host events of all sizes, parking for 400 and their event team is hugely experienced in creating days like no other.

Main Partners

IT Sligo

Since it first opened in September 1970, IT Sligo has been one of Ireland’s leading third level institutions. Students are at the heart of what we do. It is home to 6,000 students across the Institute’s full-time, part-time and apprenticeship programmes. IT Sligo is also a fiercely ambitious third level institution. Working towards re-designation as a Technological University, a €60 million investment in campus facilities over the last decade has created a stunning 21st century learning environment.

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. They are an American multinational software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries.

Mondello Park

RS has been supporting industry in Ireland for over 70 years! A high-service distributor supporting customers with an extensive range of more than 500,000 electronics and industrial products available. RS delivers more than 44,000 parcels a day to over 1 million customers globally, providing a one-stop source for everything engineers need.

Mondello Park is Ireland’s only International standard Motorsport Venue. The County Kildare venue is also home to Ireland’s most extensive range of adrenaline filled driving experiences. Mondello Park International Race Circuit is constantly growing and diversifying and its current calendar includes Car, Motorcycle, Rallycross, Drifting and Time Attack events as well as shows for Modified Cars, Classic Cars and Trucks. The circuit also operates a very busy portfolio of Driving Experiences, Corporate Days, Team Building, and Motor Manufacturer training and driving days.

ZENOZ is a high-end product development company based in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim, Ireland, producing rapid prototyping to industry specification, and delivering close tolerance volume production. ZENOZ is an agile international design company that invents and innovates in equal parts across multiple industries, creating high quality elegantly designed products whilst providing in parallel high-quality jobs in design and manufacturing, integrating real world business using bleeding edge, cutting edge, and leading-edge technology with Third Level Universities, students and graduates to mutual benefit.

Who is Attending

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme that provides second-level school students in Ireland with information about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with over 200+ organisations from research and academia.

The Hyperloop is a mode of transport that will completely change the way we travel in the near future. It is a proposed mode of passenger and/or freight transportation. We have been accepted to compete in SpaceX’s Hyperloop Competition in the summer of 2018. We aim to represent Ireland as a hub for engineering, innovation and technology and to reach out and inspire others to do the same.


Central Technology Supplies is dedicated to satisfying the changing needs of schools in the Metalwork, Woodwork and Technology areas. They supply everything you need to teach Engineering, Construction Studies and Technology and Design, so you can match inspiring teaching with high quality products, all easily ordered from them. They are established for over 32 years serving the education sector in Ireland.

Gaisce comprises a core staff team of +/- ten individuals, based in Dublin and around the country. Our role is to promote the Gaisce programme and encourage young people to take up the Gaisce challenge; to train and support President Award Leaders across a variety of Gaisce operating bodies; to ensure quality in the delivery of Gaisce; and to raise awareness of Gaisce and the benefits of participation in Gaisce.

Transition Year Ireland (TYI) is an Information Resource for Transition Year Students, Teachers and Parents. Our aim is to provide access to vital information needed for a stimulating and challenging Transition Year.

Founded in 1845, we’ve been inspiring students for 170 years. NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching.

Procad have become the leading provider of 3D design and engineering software solutions to the Irish market. Procad offers a range of products and services based on the Autodesk solution platforms. As a certified Autodesk Gold reseller, Procad offers software sales, implementation, training, consultancy and product support to a growing customer base.

We have developed specifically-designed CNC milling machines, lathes and routers for education & training; and these Denford products are a familiar feature in STEM and Engineering laboratories throughout the world. Denford Limited are ‘Proud Founders and Sponsors’ of a number of innovative and unique educational projects, including “F1 in Schools STEM Challenge”.

East Coast FPV (formerly LeinsterFPV) is Ireland’s only dedicated club for FPV flying. Our club promotes safe drone flying, and has a massive secure MACI(Model Aeronautics Council of Ireland) approved flying site in the Dublin mountains at Kiltipper village. Regular events are organized throughout the year, and at weekends club members gather together to fly their race drones and discuss the latest trends in the drone market. Members of all skill levels are always welcomed to join our friendly community.

Droned Ireland is a specialist hobby shop for the racing drone market, providing premium performance parts for drone racers. We’ve been part of the drone racing scene since day one, and help to organize and direct all the large scale racing events in Ireland. We also provide drone repairs, tuning services, and proximity aerial filming services for action sports. We’ve been involved in many crazy projects, from sticking live cameras on acrobatic planes at the Bray air show, bringing the world’s top pilots to Ireland for a bit of craic, to chasing the fastest drift cars at Mondello Park with drones. The sky is the limit.

Want to join us at our event?