DIT graduate makes Top 20 Shortlist of the James Dyson Awards

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11 October 2013: A DIT graduate has made the Top 20 Shortlist of the James Dyson Awards 2013 with a product he designed during the final year of his course.

Mark Dillon, who is 23 and from Ballinteer in Dublin, is one of 20 finalists in the competition, which attracted 650 entries internationally this year.

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The award is run by the James Dyson Foundation, which aims to inspire young people about design engineering. The brief for the entrants is to design something that solves a problem.

Mark’s invention is Mamori, a gum shield that can measure sports concussions, relaying the information to medical staff pitch-side. It aims to identify a concussion before second impact syndrome is experienced – this happens when a player is concussed yet continues to play and if a second impact then occurs, the effects can have a huge effect on a player’s mental health and can also prove to be fatal.

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Mark came up with the idea through his interest in ice hockey, particularly seeing how a Canadian ice hockey star, Sidney Crosby, suffered a serious concussion that went undiagnosed for six days. He experienced second impact syndrome and ended up missing 60 games and needing prolonged medical attention.

Mark developed Mamori (a Japanese word meaning to protect or shield) as part of his final year Product Design project at DIT in 2012. He is now studying for a Masters in Medical Device Design at NCAD.

There is one other Irish finalist in the competition – Kieran Normoyle from the University of Limerick who has developed a lifejacket that can reduce the effects of hypothermia.

The winner of the James Dyson Award 2013 will be announced by the designer and inventor himself, James Dyson, on 7 November and will receive a €35,000 prize.

 

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