When it comes to the future of tech and innovation in Ireland, it would be easy to assume everyone will follow the same path as those who had gone before. However, there is no denying that children and teenagers in this day and age are the first generation who were born with the internet already in full swing and it shows…
From a page-turning music stand to stress relieving headphones and a sign language glove, a host of students showcased their innovations this weekend at Science Gallery Dublin to be in with a chance of being chosen to take part in the Ultimate Pitch Event taking place on September 2nd.
Thirty members of the Trinity Walton Club – a STEM enrichment programme for secondary school students in Dublin – have been selected for next weekend’s event.
Trinity Walton Club offers students the chance to exercise self-directed learning while working on a core innovation project in the STEM area.
The students’ projects are developed over the summer by using the lean canvas model through a series of workshops in partnership with Bank of Ireland’s innovation team.
Speaking at the final workshop in the series this week, Director of Trinity Walton Club and Assistant Professor in Physics Dr Arlene O’Neill said:
“It’s been hugely exciting to work alongside these Alphas as their STEM ideas evolved with each session. We started out with more than twenty excellent ideas, and I’m now delighted to announce the final six teams selected to pitch their projects at the Ultimate Pitch Event this coming weekend.”
The final innovations competing at the Ultimate Pitch Event are:
- Happy Head: A wearable that monitors brain activity for stress levels
- Mental Health Now: An app to track and improve your mental health
- Tortue: A backpack designed to minimise back pain
- Double Treble: A page-turning music stand
- Vegnet: A social platform for recipe sharing
- Visiglove: A wearable glove that turns sign language to text and speech
Each of the six teams have developed their innovation, pitch and presentation over the summer and will now compete in front of an audience of experts, peers and judges. The judging panel for the Ultimate Pitch Event are:
- David Tighe, Head of Innovation, Bank of Ireland
- Dr Vivienne Patterson, Head of Skills, Engagement and Statistics, HEA
- Elaine Burke, Managing Editor, Silicon Republic
“For most, if not all of our Alphas, this was the first time they experienced what it would take to bring their idea to the marketplace,” continued Dr O’Neill. “It was wonderful to see them embrace this opportunity, advance their skill-set, and perhaps most significantly, ignite their entrepreneurial spirit.
The Ultimate Pitch Event and summer innovation sessions were organised by Trinity Walton Club and facilitated by Project Architect, Sarah Tully, and Entrepreneur in Residence in Bank of Ireland, Gene Murphy. For further information about the Trinity Walton Club visit: http://www.tcd.ie/waltonclub/index.php