DIT Inventor Competition 2009


15 June 2009

Dublin Institute of Technology today announced the winners of its 2009 Inventor Competition which is open to all staff and students in DIT.  The event was sponsored by leading Dublin-based Patent Attorneys Hanna, Moore & Curley.  The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, together with Donnacha Curley, a partner in the firm and graduate of DIT, presented the awards to:

Dr Suzanne Martin, Dr Izabela Naydenova, Prof Vincent Toal , and Dennis Bade, for Overall Best Invention –The IEO Group invented a vibration insensitive holography technique that allows the production of holograms without expensive optical benches and high coherence lasers.   “It is equivalent to inventing the Polaroid for Holography” said Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialization, Hothouse DIT who chaired the Judging panel.  The panel included Donnacha Curley of Hanna Moore and Curley and Dr Andy Gray, Senior Licensing Exec Hothouse DIT.

Dr. Mikel Gainza - Best staff / postgrad category – Mikel invented an audio thumbnail generator that uses algorithms to extract the chorus or catchy bit of a piece of music. Specific pieces of music / tracks can then easily be identified and / or found using this “thumbnail”.

Pearl O’Rourke Best undergrad category – As part of her final year of an undergraduate degree in product design, Pearl invented a Phlebotomy Aid, that allows the easy extraction of blood samples. The device facilitates the location of veins and makes them easy to target. It also aids the manual insertion of a needle, the collection of samples and the disposal of used needles.   Pearl and her invention was featured earlier in the week on TV3’s Morning AM.

Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialisation, started the competition three years ago under the auspices of Hothouse, which is the innovation and technology transfer centre in DIT.   The competition is growing in popularity.

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