Hothouse launches DIT Inventor Competition 2009

27th February 2009

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DIT Inventor Competition 2009 launches this week. Now in its fourth year, the competition aims to promote innovation and creativity taking place within DIT and to recognise DIT inventors, both students and members of staff.

The competition sponsors Hanna Moore & Curley, European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, hope to build on the great successes of last year’s competition. Peter Hanna, MD, said ‘Last year we had some great winners including student Stephen Geary, who invented technology that could take turbulence out of flying; and overall winner DIT Researcher Dr. Charlie Cullen, who created amazing software that speeds animation’.

>> Further information on last year's entries

According to Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialisation in DIT, “This year the competition entry date has been extended so you have until May to get your applications in and then you are in with a chance of winning €2,500.
To enter simply email a description of your invention, along with answers to the following questions to hothouse@dit.ie. Good luck!”

  • What have you invented?
  • What are the advantages?    
  • Where will it be used?

Applicants should make sure that their idea/invention is not already on the market.  All entries are scored on their originality, benefits, market potential, and development / commercialisation feasibility.
The closing date for entries is 08/05/09 and the judging criteria can be found on the Hothouse website.
The competition is divided into two categories and a Best Overall Invention Award:

  • Best Overall Invention Award sponsored by Hanna, Moore & Curley - €1,500
  • Best Staff member, Post Grad and Researcher Invention Award – sponsored by DIT Hothouse €500
  • Best Undergraduate Student Invention Award – sponsored by DIT Hothouse €500

Hothouse

Hothouse is the award winning Innovation and Technology Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology. Hothouse draws on academic talent and entrepreneurial creativity and provides a dynamic environment to fast-track business and technologies to commercial success. 

For further information contact:
Ruth Kearney
Marketing Officer
Hothouse
DIT
Aungier Street
Dublin 2
353 01 402 7144

Terms and Conditions

DIT Inventors Competition 2009 If you are a DIT student or member of staff that has invented something, you can enter the 2009 DIT Inventor Competition. Participation in DIT Hothouse competitions denotes acceptance of competition terms and conditions.  Invention descriptions will be treated in strictest confidence by Hothouse staff and will not be disclosed without your written permission. This competition is for DIT staff and students only. This competition is only open to inventions that have not already been disclosed to Hothouse.

Method of entry

Simply email a description of your invention, answering the following questions and following our application criteria;    

  • What have you invented?
  • What are the advantages?
  • Where will it be used?

Applications should make sure that their idea/invention is not already on the market. All entries were scored on their originality, benefits, market potential, and development / commercialisation feasibility.
Organisers of the competition are DIT Hothouse, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Phone: +353 1 402 7144, email: info@dithothouse.ie. DIT Inventor Competition seeks to recognise and promote innovation and creativity taking place with DIT.

Judging Criteria

A panel of internal and external IP and commercialisation experts will evaluate the inventions on the following criteria:   

  • The originality of the invention 
  • The benefits of the invention 
  • The market potential of the invention 
  • The feasibility of developing and implementing the invention 
  • The feasibility of commercialising the invention

The external IP commercialisation experts will be required to maintain confidentiality on all submissions.
The prizes The competitions prize comprises of;

  •  €1,500 cash prize for Best Overall Invention Award sponsored by Hanna, Moore & Curley
  • €500 Best Staff, Post Grad and Researcher Invention Award
  • €500 Best Undergraduate Student Invention Award

The start date of the competition is the 06/02/2009 and the closing date for submissions is 20/05/2008.

Winner Notification

The winners will be notified by DIT Hothouse by phone or email. The winners will be awarded the prize by the DIT President, a partner from the sponsor and the Head of Commercialisation at DIT. Publicity of the announcement will commence shortly afterwards. All winners will be posted on the Hothouse website and in any other DIT Hothouse media. Details of the invention will not be publicised so that it can be patented. The winners will be picked by a panel of judges and the decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Changes to Terms and Conditions

DIT Hothouse has the authority to change or modify part or parts of these terms and conditions with due cause. The information collected by DIT Hothouse is so that we may conduct this competition. By entering this competition you consent to us using only your e-mail address for further Hothouse correspondence including other promotions that may be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive any further communications from Hothouse please email Linda.walsh@dit.ie

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