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Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe features two UCD students

Tuesday, 17 January, 2017

Posted January 17, 2017

  • LGBTQ+ activist is one of youngest to be recognised
  • PhD researcher honoured for efforts to bring disruptive tech to developing world

UCD students Sam Blanckensee and Colin Keogh have been named in (opens in a new window)Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list of people “who will impact Europe for the next 50 years.”

The listing features 300 young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who are transforming areas including business, technology, media and culture.

22 year-old activist Blanckensee was named in the (opens in a new window)Law and Policy and (opens in a new window)Youngest categories.

Pictured: Sam Blanckensee, Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in Law and Policy and Youngest categories

He is National Development Officer at (opens in a new window)Transgender Equality Network Ireland and Education Officer at Irish Trans Student Alliance.

Forbes described him as “an outspoken voice for the trans community across Irish media and politics.”

Blanckensee was part of the lobbying effort that helped pass legislation to allow people to self-declare their gender and receive new birth certificates.

He is a student in the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine and was LGBT Coordinator with (opens in a new window)UCD Students’ Union.

Blanckensee received a UCD President’s Award in 2014 for work advocating for the rights of transgender students inside and outside the UCD community.

PhD student Keogh was featured for his work towards “using low-cost disruptive technologies to help improve the world.”

He was named in the (opens in a new window)Science and Healthcare category.

Pictured: Colin Keogh, Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe in Science and Healthcare category

It aims to put “technology such as 3D printers and low-cost electronics in the hands of people who need it most in developing countries.”

The Rapid Foundation was a recipient of the 2016 (opens in a new window)Fritz Schumacher Award.

By: Jonny Baxter, digital journalist, UCD University Relations