8 March 2020
By Elaine Murphy
Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Innovation Week 2020 has again given a platform to 35 events and talks throughout the week. These events were held across the 4 CIT campuses, Cork School of Music, Crawford College of Art & Design, NMCI and Bishopstown. The events were diverse and included talks about the links between entrepreneurship and sports and featured Alan Bennett (Cork City) Keith Ricken (Cork U20) and Cliodhna Sargent (Irish Hockey). During the week many entrepreneurs shared their entrepreneurial journeys with CIT students. The final event of Innovation Week was the hugely competitive CIT Prize for Innovation where prize money of €10,000 was awarded to students with the most innovative ideas and the CIT APPrentice competition.
Amongst the 45 student business ideas (consisting of 170 students) competing for CIT’s Prize for Innovation was KomfoRoo, which replicates kangaroo care by stimulating senses for premature babies, a smart road surface paint, and smart pods to increase the productivity of travelling executives.
The competition is sponsored by the Cork Local Enterprise Offices, who have supported student entrepreneurship in CIT for the last 18 years. There were 45 entries to this year’s competition from across the various CIT faculties. The winners were a group of third year year mechanical and biomedical engineering students whose product SightScan is a wearable eye tracking device enhancing the success rate of eye surgeries to restore normal vision in children. The team scooped the top prize of €4,000 and the coveted title of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year.
The APPrentice Competition, sponsored by the School of Business and Hincks Centre, allows students to submit their ideas for a new APP, and work with Business students to design a poster. With a unanimous vote from the judges, the winner of CIT’s APPrentice Competition 2020 was Srinivas Rengarajan, who is pursung a Masters in Data Science and Analytics, with his app idea Garda Emergency. This year’s competition attracted over 120 entries.