Research and Innovation Open Day Brings Together Collaboration and Innovation


Minister Sean Sherlock with Roxanne Mauck and Irene Walsh, creators of Emigrant Isle

19 June 2013: More than 100 projects which showcased research, innovation and real-world application were on display as part of the event at DIT Aungier Street.

The open day was a collaboration between the partners in the Dublin Technological University Alliance (Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown).

Guest of Honour at the event was Minister for State, Sean Sherlock, TD. He toured the exhibition and spoke to many of the researchers and creators of the projects along with industry partners.

He also spoke to the audience about the critical role that research and innovation will play in Ireland’s economic recovery.


President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton, Minister Sean Sherlock TD, President of ITB, Dr Mary Meany, and President of ITT, Mr Pat McLaughlin

Some of the projects that he was particularly interested in were Smart Wall Paint, a paint that can turn any surface into a whiteboard (developed with the assistance of DIT Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology [CREST]), research into scoliosis and ways to assist surgeons in treating children with scoliosis more effectively (Bioengineering Technology Centre at IT Tallaght) and Emigrant Isle, a web documentary tracing the history of emigration (a DIT MSc. in Creative Digital Media creation by Roxanne Mauck and Irene Walsh).

Another project that came to attention was an optimisation-based framework to provide a decision support tool for healthcare managers (Waleed Abo Hamad and Amr Arisha, 3S Group, DIT).

There were many more innovative projects on display at the event in The Courtyard in DIT Aungier Street.


Brendan Lawless, one of four students carrying out research of the spine at the Bioengineering Technology Centre at ITT, and Minister Sean Sherlock TD

The Presidents of DIT (Professor Brian Norton), ITB (Dr Mary Meany) and ITT (Mr Pat McLaughlin) were at the open day, which was the first joint event between the partners in the Dublin Technological University Alliance (DTUA).

As well as being an opportunity to view others’ work, the open day allowed for networking and to find out information on funding opportunities for future research.

During his visit, Minister Sherlock presented the winners of the Inventor Competition 2013 with their prize winners’ certificates.

The prize fund of €2,000 was sponsored by DIT Hothouse and European patent and trademark attorneys, Hannah Moore & Curley. This year, the competition was opened to all students and members of staff in DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown.


The event highlighted the success of technology transfer from academia to industry. With more than 50 technologies available to industry, DIT Hothouse has completed up to 20 per cent of the annual commercial technology transfer licences in Ireland.

DIT Hothouse works with its partners in the DTUA – the Synergy Centre in ITT and the LINC Centre in ITB in supporting their commercialisation activities.

DIT President, Prof Brian Norton, welcomes everyone to the first Research & Innovation Open Day at DIT Aungier Street


Minister Sean Sherlock tours the exhibits at the Open Day

Minister Sean Sherlock speaks to the attendees at the Open Day

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