DIT Product Design students shortlisted as finalists for Alltech Innovation Competition


Pictured (From Left to Right)  Dr. Mark Lyons (Vice President Corporate Affairs/ Alltech), Dr. Edmund O’Callaghan ( Head of Department Retail Management Studies, DIT College of Business), Alyson Kearns (3rd Year Product Design Student DIT), Craig Dow (3rd Year Product Design Student DIT), Kathrina Robinson (3rd Year Product Design Student DIT),Pedro Augusto Coelho (3rd Year Product Design Student DIT), Dr. Aoife Lyons (Director of Education Initiatives/ Alltech), Constantin Gurdiev ( Economist & Lecturer Trinity College Dublin)

09 April 14: Students from DIT’s Product Design Degree - Kathrina Robinson, Pedro Augusto Coelho, Alyson Kearns, and Craig Dow were recently selected as finalists for this year’s Alltech intervarsity Innovation Competition.  The competition, run by global animal health and nutrition company Alltech, celebrates business and entrepreneurship, and challenges the creative minds of university students. Teams from Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Waterford Institute of Technology and University of Limerick each presented forward thinking business plans on their innovative ideas in the areas of agriculture, distilling, human health and long term environmental sustainability. The DIT students were selected for their innovative concept ‘Canu Cover’, which is a waterproof, breathable and biodegradable cover for a cannula ( needle that is inserted into a patient’s vein, to allow an IV drip to be fed directly to the patient). The aim of the cover is to prevent water and bacterial infections entering the blood stream.


The competition was opened by Dr. Aofe Lyons, director of education initiatives at Alltech and judged by Frank Mulrennan, CEO of Celtic Media Group, Constantin Gurdgiev, economist and lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and Declan Coyle, one of Ireland’s most internationally experienced leadership and development consultants.   “These young people are a reflection of the talent and potential that Ireland has to offer” said Dr. Aoife Lyons. “ This year’s competition entrants displayed real insight, talent and knowledge. By combining academic expertise with innovation each group had a potentially viable product to bring to market”.

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