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IET NI Christmas Lecture: Engineering the Magic of Christmas


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Meet a real life elf, Ciaran Larkin, inventor for Hasbro, the company behind Nerf, Transformers and Play-Doh!. Engineering, Invention, Entrepreneurship and Toys. A fun Christmas Lecture for all the family.

Date and Time

18 December 2017 - 18:00-20:00


Belfast, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - N. Ireland local network. Contact emcgread@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Meet a real life elf, none other than local inventor Ciaran Larkin, who designs and manufactures toys for the global toy giant Hasbro. For 2 years Ciaran has been designing and building in his Belfast workshop then hand-delivering these top secret new toys to the USA to the company that created toys such as Nerf, Transformers and Play-Doh! He is one of the people that Hasbro goes to when they have an idea for a toy but don't quite know how to bring it to life - his own company name 'Made Real Design' sums up exactly what he does.

After studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queens' University, Belfast, Ciaran went on to study Product Design to bring his hobby of inventing things into reality - he is the perfect mix of engineer and inventor. In 2011, Ciaran decided to also put on his 'entrepreneur' hat and turned his hobby into a living and in 2015 he attended the Inventor's Workshop in England where he pitched his ideas to a room full of executives. It didn't take long for them to realise his skill, creativity and passion and he now has his dream job as a Toy inventor for the third largest toy manufacturer in the world - and he is only 34!

Come along to hear all about Ciaran's incredible journey and even get a glimpse behind the scenes at some of his favourite creations and upcoming adventures as the Toy Industry comes to it's busiest time of the year filling all of Santa's order books up.

Engineering, Invention, Entrepreneurship, Toys and Christmas - what more do you need for your Christmas Lecture! A fun event for all the family.


Christmas reception from 6pm.

Lecture to begin at 6.30pm.

Reasons to attend

This event contributes towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.



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