Oct 11, 2002

Seagate Sponsors Festival Of Science And Innovation

What do a lie detector, a xylophone and a chirping cricket have in common? Answer: you can make them all at MADLAB, the Seagate sponsored electronics workshop at the Festival of Science and Innovation which takes place in Londonderry from 17 to 26 October.

Now in its third year, the festival provides a forum for people of all ages to discover some of the mysteries of natural science and the complexities of technology. It consists of exhibitions, shows, workshops, conferences, school projects and debates, and covers topics such as rocket science, electronics, astronomy and natural science.

Once again, Seagate is the principal corporate sponsor of the festival and is sponsoring one of the main festival workshops, MADLAB, a hands-on electronics workshop that provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn how to make a working electronic gadget.

John Spangler, managing director at Seagate's Springtown facility, commented: "At Seagate, we take our commitment to the local community very seriously and seek to demonstrate this by our corporate sponsorship programme. When identifying projects to support, we look for programmes that promote awareness of science and technology and encourage hands-on learning. The Festival of Science and Innovation provides us with an excellent opportunity to pursue these objectives."

Dessie Baker, festival director, is delighted to have secured Seagate's involvement for a second year. "Without sponsorship, it would not be possible to bring a festival of this calibre to the city," he explained. "Plans are already underway for the 2003 Festival. By continuing to broaden both its appeal and its base of supporters it is set to become the key event of its kind in Ireland."

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for Enterprise, PC and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

Seagate's Springtown facility manufactures wafers for the recording heads that read and write data on the computer's hard disc drive. The Limavady facility produces advanced media substrates, the basic material on which computer hard disc drives store digital information.