Welcome to terenure college:
Shane Curran (5th year) has won the BT Young Scientist of the year 2017.
Terenure have a long association with
the BT Young Scientist with founders
Dr. Tony Scott, a past pupil and
Fr. Tom Burke, a Carmelite.
Shane's project, took six months of
research and then another four or five
months to develop the software that
drives his “qCrypt” system. He believes
it is so secure it could never be broken
into, even with the use of quantum
He got the idea after hearing about
how Boston College was forced by
the courts to release historical political
interviews involving former IRA
members. If the data had been stored
in his system it would have remained
secret, he said.
The system can break up the original
data and store pieces of it in a variety
of jurisdictions, which he calls
“multi-jurisdictional quorum sharding”,
which prevents the data being r
eassembled even under court duress.
He also developed a new
encryption key system that is safe
from attack by quantum computers,
should they ever come into use.
He says it is as simple to use as any
file transfer product but is 40 per cent
Shane won the best individual project
at the 2016 exhibition.
Congratulations Shane we are very proud.