Five Dublin Institutions Showcase Research Technologies and Capabilities at DIT Aungier St.

Minister English with Tom Flanagan and President Norton

L-R: Prof. Brian Norton, DIT President; Tom Flanagan, DIT Hothouse Centre Director and Minister Damien English TD

On Wed, 25th February, Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght, IADT Dun Laoghaire and National College of Ireland held a joint innovation showcase in DIT Aungier St. DIT Hothouse joined 23 research exhibits in showcasing the latest innovations emerging from the HEIs in the aim of promoting industry-academic R&D collaboration and technology transfer to industry.  The five institutions comprise the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) which is funded by Enterprise Ireland to maximise the impact of research in each of the institutions. DIT Hothouse provides knowledge transfer and commercialisation support to all members of the consortium. 

Guest of Honour
Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Mr Damien English TD attended the showcase as guest of honour and toured the exhibits to meet the researchers behind the innovations.  the minister was welcomed by the Presidents of the participating institutions.The Minister delivered a presentation outlining opportunities available for industry-academic R&D partnerships.

DRIC SHOWCASE MINISTER AND DEREK KEARNEY

Derek Kearney, DIT Energy Resource Group, demonstrates the 'Wind Urchin', a novel wind measurement instrument.

Commercial Opportunities for Industry
The main aim of the showcase was to display the latest research technologies in the areas of ICT, Engineering, Clean Tech and Food & Life Science and promote research collaboration, technology licensning anc ompany spin-out opportunities to interested companies and entrepreneurs.

 DRIC SHOWCASE JACINTA WITH MINISTER

 Dr. Jacinta Brown, DIT Medical Ultrasound Physics and Technology Group, demonstrates her Anthorpomorphic Phantom, an advanced tool for training radiologists and sonographers in breast ultrasound imaging.

DRIC Inventor Competition Winners 2014
The winners of the DRIC Inventor Competition 2014 werre also announced with four awards presented for the best invention in ICT, Engineering, Clean Tech and Food & Life Science. The inventor competition is open to all staff and students within the DRIC partner institutions. The competition, which  is co-sponsored by leading European patent attorneys, Hanna, Moore & Curley, aims to promote, uncover and recognise innovation and creativity across a range of industrially focused research categories.

DRIC SHOWCASE CIDA WINNER

Dr. Brian Vaughan, Course Chair of the DIT Creative Digital Media Course, receives the 'Best ICT Invention' Award for 'CIDA', software which anlyses interactions between callers and call agents.

DRIC SHOWCASE CEMBAT WINNER

Dr. Niall Holmes, lecturer in the DIT School of Civil & Structural Engineering, receives the 'Best CleanTech Invention' Award for 'CEMBAT', rechardable cement-based batteries.

MORPHLINX WINNER PHOTO

Stephen Vaughey, student from the DIT School of Product Design, receives the 'Best Industrial & Manufacturing' Award for 'Morphlinx', a new type of creative modelling toy.

DRIC SHOWCASE ANVI WINNER

IADT Head of Creative Engagement, Prof. Peter Robertson presents Clyde Doyle, Andrew Galligan and John Paul Leonard with the 'Best Food and Life Science' Award.

Photos from the Event
More photographs taken at the DRIC Innovation Showcase are available here

Further Information
To learn more about the DRIC Innovation Showcase or to discuss technology licensing or research colalboration opportunities, call DIT Hothouse on 0035314027179 or email hothouse@dit.ie