DCU Fujitsu President’s Awards for Innovation
At DCU, both students and staff are encouraged to be enterprising and Innovative, and to come up with and share new ideas. In 2013, DCU President Prof. Brian MacCraith established the DCU President’s Awards for Innovation, to encourage DCU students, researchers and administrative and support staff to come forward with their brainwaves. The idea struck a chord, and supported by Fujitsu Ireland, the President’s Awards for Innovation are now an annual feature of the DCU calendar.
The awards recognise the outstanding contributions by staff and students, in the wider community, across a range of activities such as social regeneration and community empowerment, social enterprise and local economic development, sustainability and voluntary activities. 2015 winners included AmbiSense, a DCU spin-out created by Professor Dermot Diamond which uses sensor technology to monitor greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. The student award went to Liam Sexton, a final year Biomedical Engineering student, has developed a mobile app capable of generating a Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing file of an object captured on a phone’s camera feed.
Pictured above: Can use the pic of Kayleigh, change caption to ‘Recent award winner Kayleigh Cherry, with her ‘Scandroid’ barcode-scanning d app designed to assist visually-impaired and blind shoppers.