Smart Education in Ireland : Five Dublin Institutions Showcase Latest Research Technologies

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Mr Damien English TD attended an Innovation Showcase in DIT to see some of the latest technologies and research emerging from five Dublin institutions of higher education.

The Showcase included some of the latest innovations emerging from Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Blancahrdstown, IT Tallaght, IADT Dun Laoghaire and National College of Ireland.

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 the five members.

During his visit, Minister English toured the exhibits and met with the researchers behind the innovations. Addressing the large attendance, he outlined opportunities available for industry-academic R&D partnerships and he commended the institutions and researchers present for the quality of their research. Pointing out the need to maximise the value to the taxpayer from public funding, he praised the five members of the consortium for their collaboration which he said was an excellent example for others.

Minister English also presented awards to the four winners of the DRIC Inventor Competition 2014 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.

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