Am­bas­sador roles for Colin and Adam

Bray People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

TWO young en­trepreneurs from Wick­low had plenty of cause for cel­e­bra­tion this week when they landed the keys to brand new, taxed and in­sured cars after be­com­ing Nis­san Gen­er­a­tion Next am­bas­sadors.

Adam Har­ris (22) from Grey­stones and Colin Keogh (28) from Bray fended off com­pe­ti­tion from over 1,000 ap­pli­cants to se­cure two of the eleven places that were up for grabs on the pres­ti­gious am­bas­sador pro­gramme, which helps peo­ple to get ahead with the back­ing and sup­port of Nis­san. Their suc­cess fol­lows a three week public vote where over 100,000 on­line votes were cast for 20 fi­nal­ists. The Wick­low duo ran en­er­getic cam­paigns, re­ceiv­ing huge sup­port from fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers across the county.

Adam and Colin were given the choice of a brand new, taxed and in­sured car from Nis­san’s award win­ning fleet to drive for a year. Adam se­lected a Nis­san Pul­sar while Colin se­lected a Nis­san Qashqai as the cars best suited to help­ing them to take their re­spec­tive ven­tures to the next level of suc­cess.

Adam is the founder and CEO of AsIAm.ie, an or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to build an Ire­land where every per­son with Autism can ‘ live and suc­ceed as they are’.

Adam founded AsIAm.ie based on his own ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing with Asperg­ers Syn­drome, a con­di­tion on the Autism Spec­trum.

AsIAm.ie pro­vides a cen­tral on­line hub for the Autism com­mu­nity which aims to in­form and em­power those af­fected by the con­di­tion, their fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers. Through on­line en­gage­ment with users, AsIAm cre­ates train­ing pro­grammes and cam­paigns to en­gage var­i­ous as­pects of Ir­ish life to un­der­stand Autism bet­ter and to be­come more Autism friendly.

Colin works as an en­gi­neer in UCD and is deter­mined to change the world by us­ing science and tech­nol­ogy to solve some of the world’s big­gest prob­lems. He utilises low cost dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies to make an im­pact on global is­sues and has al­ready been named as one of Forbes 30 un­der 30 in the area of science and medicine.

Colin also co-founded the Prin­tas­tic Project at Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin which is de­vel­op­ing and pro­mot­ing low cost waste re-pur­pos­ing and re­cy­cling meth­ods to en­able lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties around the world to tackle the is­sue of ma­rine plas­tic waste.

‘Adam Har­ris and Colin Keogh are ex­cep­tional en­trepreneurs who share Nis­san’s com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and in­no­va­tion. We are de­lighted to wel­come them to the Nis­san Gen­er­a­tion Next am­bas­sador pro­gramme and also to sup­ply them with our award win­ning cars as well as sup­port­ing them on their on­go­ing drive to suc­cess,’ said Bren­dan Kelly, Sales Man­ager at lo­cal Nis­san dealer, Wind­sor Bray Nis­san.

Adam Har­ris from Grey­stones and Colin Keogh from Bray who have been named as Nis­san Gen­er­a­tion Next am­bas­sadors after a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion.

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