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09/05/2014 17:04:08


The Inventor Competition is open to all staff and students of Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITTD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB), the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT) and National College of Ireland (NCI).

This initiative is being jointly run by the ITTD Technology Transfer Office, DIT Hothouse, ITB Technology Transfer Office, IADT Industry and Innovation and the NCI Commercial and Incubation Centre.

The competition, which is being co-sponsored by Hanna, Moore & Curley, aims to promote, uncover and recognise innovation and creativity across a range of industrially focused research categories.

There is €4,000 worth of cash prizes to be won with €1,000 being awarded to the best invention proposal submitted in each of the following commercial categories:



  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Technology
  • Clean Technology
  • Food & Life Science Technology
  • Information & Communications Technology

ICT Inventions should focus on the storage, retrieval, manipulation, transmission or receipt of digital data and how these different uses can work with each other.

Themes include:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Internet and Mobile Apps
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Storage
  • Audio Visual Systems
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Technology

These inventions should focus on the development, utilisation, and application of new scientific ideas, concepts and information in production and other industrial processes.

Themes include:

  • Production, distribution and processing tools and techniques
  • Automated production processes and systems
  • Efficient tools, equipment, and techniques for performing industrial tasks



Clean Technology
Inventions in this category should harness renewable materials and energy sources that reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes.

Themes include:

  • Renewable energy
  • Green transportation
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Wastewater solutions

Food & Life Science
Inventions in this category should focus on the development, utilisation, or application of new scientific ideas, concepts, and information to living organisms, life processes or food.

Themes include:

  • Health
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture
  • Food manufacturing, processing and preservation



How to enter
Simply complete the ITB Invention Disclosure Form and return this before the competition closing date below. Applicants should make sure that their idea/invention is not already on the market.

All entries will be scored on their originality, benefits, market potential, and development/ commercialisation feasibility. Please read the Inventor Competition 2014 Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry.

Closing Date and Announcement of Winners
The closing date for all applications is Friday, 6th June 2014. Winners will be announced and presented with their awards at a Showcase event to be held later in the year.

Further Information
For further information, please contact Shane Walsh, Administrator, ITB on 01 885 1026 or email:

Inventor Competition


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