Imagine Cup 2009 - CCTA students receive award in Irish final 30 April 2009 TCD Science Gallery

Healthtext - the health awareness system prototype designed by Dara Parkes, Oluwaseuin Adams. Keelan Carberry and Claire Coleman were awarded an Innovator Accelerator Award at the Imagine Cup final on 30 April 2009 in TCD.

Two teams from IADT took part in the Irish Imagine cup software design final on the 30th-April-2009 at the Science Gallery TCD. The theme this year was: Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today. It is one of the most challenging and inspirational themes yet. The winners represent Ireland at the International Final in Egypt in July.

The Millennium Development Goals were agreed upon by 189 nations around the world more than eight years ago. They encompass universally accepted human rights such as freedom from hunger, the right to basic education, the right to health, and a responsibility to future generations. Imagine a world with less poverty, hunger and disease, greater survival prospects for mothers and their infants, better educated children, equal opportunities for women, and a healthier environment; a world in which developed and developing countries worked in partnership for the betterment of all. This was the theme for this Imagine Cup competition.

The two teams, each comprising of four students, from the Multimedia Systems/Web Engineering programme and the Applied Psychology programme in the Creative Technologies School designed innovative solutions, which if implemented could help solve the toughest problems facing us today. Mary Martin, John Allen, Dylan Kelly and Jenna Parsons developed a prototype of an innovative EcoStroll system. Dara Parkes, Oluwaseuin Adams. Keelan Carberry and Claire Coleman designed a prototype of a Health awareness system.

The Software Design Invitational challenges students around the globe to explore their own creativity by using technology to solve what they consider to be challenging problems. Many former winners go on to start their own companies or work at major corporations.

Andrew Power, Head of School of Creative Technologies, Dr. Mark Riordan, Head of Department of Technology and Marion Palmer, Head of Department of Learning Sciences and all in IADT congratulate the teams and their lecturer Marian Mc Donnell on their participation in the final and the Healthtext team for their Innovator Accelerator Award.

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Dr Marion Palmer

23 March 2009