First Prize – MasTech

IDEA

Mastitis has a significant adverse economic effect on dairy farmers throughout the world. Currently, most detection methods available are for the bulk milk tank. These methods do not facilitate rapid isolation of the infected cow. The developing MasTech™ product is designed to enable early identification of the infected cow during the milking process.

The MasTech™ product, developed by multi-disciplinary student team, AH TechnologyTM, is unique in that it is an automated device which can be retrofit to any existing milking parlour and will test the milk sample during the milking process causing minimal disruption to the farmer. The early identification and isolation of the infected cow by MasTech™ has major animal welfare and husbandry benefits for the cow and herd, and also has significant and on-going financial benefits for the farmer, creamery, and milk processor.

Winning Institution

Students

Nicola O’Mahony
Donal Carey
Kenneth Barry
Damien McAuliffe
Ciaran Malone
Owen Mc Donagh
James Cahill

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Most Technologically Innovative Idea – Hush Hush Hairdryers

IDEA

The Hush Hush Hairdyers device™, product of multidisciplinary student team Sweet Sounding Electrics™, provides a novel, effective and unobtrusive method of hair dryer noise reduction within both the home and salon environment.

In the home, excessively noisy hairdryers can wake sleeping children, make it difficult to converse and cause annoyance when watching TV. In the hair salon multiple dryer environment – with noise levels for individual hairdryers measured by the Sweet Sounding Electrics™ team as exceeding 90dB – there are serious concerns for hearing impairment of hair dressers.

Winning Institution

Students

John Kelleher
Mariah Reidy
Marco Quatrana
Kieran Minehane
Colm Kearney
Shane O’Driscoll
Niamh Ryan

Sponsored by
Cruickshank

Emerging and Dynamic company of the year – Rooties Crisps

IDEA

Today’s snack market is becoming continually more conscious of overall health and wellbeing. Current trends are for low fat, high protein products. Rooties offers a convenient alternative to crisps and other snack products.

Rooties are a healthy snack made from root vegetables containing little fat and fortified with protein. The team’s aim is to take the humble parsnip, carrot and beetroot, and preserve their natural affiliation with health while exposing the vegetables to the flavours of the world.

Winning Institution

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Students

Breffney O’Dowling-Keane
Maeve O’Mahony
Teresa Daly
Rebecca Geaney
Muireann Lynch
Cait Lynch

Sponsored by
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Intel prize – Xpress LF

IDEA

The XpressLF team is producing a new, innovative and cost effective tool for the automotive service industry. The product itself is a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) activation tool. XpressLF is responding to European legislative changes that will ensure that all cars will soon have to be installed with a tyre pressure monitoring system. The innovative idea of utilising a smartphone allows XpressLF to drive down cost, yet offer more functionality than competitors.

Winning Institution

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Students

Vincent Burns
Ronan Corrigan
Alan Barr
James Crawford
Matthew Magill

Sponsored by
Intel

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