Congratulations to all four finalist teams who took part in the 2019 UCD Sustainability Launchpad pitching on Wednesday November 20th, and to the winners who worked on the CHUM project to raise awareness for the challenges of tube-fed children. We had the honour of a keynote talk from Eddie O’Connor who commended the participants for their commitment to becoming agents of change and the importance and impact of looking to solve big problems.
The UCD Sustainability Launchpad is a collaboration between UCD Engineering, UCD Energy Institute, UpThink Innovation Agency and our 2019 Industry partners SSE, Smartwires and Irish Seed savers and CHUM (an early stage biomedical device company through NCAD).
The Sustainability LaunchPad enables teams of students to come together to collaborate on an innovative approach to progressing challenges facing some of our industry partners. These include:
1. Smartwires - Following adoption of Smartwires technology across the U.S., Europe and Australia, Smart Wires is now on its way to making a meaningful impact on new markets with its novel power flow technology.
2. C No More (SSE) - Ireland is currently ranked 2nd worst in Europe regarding progress towards 2030 climate targets. Renewables energy supply is projected at only 30% by 2030, C No More proposes a solution for Ireland’s Carbon Emissions crisis: Carbon Capture and Storage.
3. Irish Seed Savers - Ensuring the stability and biodiversity of Ireland's food crops for future generations.
4. CHUM is an oral motor development toolkit for children aged 3-10 who are weaning from tube feeding onto eating orally.
This Launchpad is a great opportunity for these students to learn through collaboration and innovation, working on real challenges facing the participating companies. This learning would not be possible without the support of our industry partners and the great leadership of Mary Cronin of UpThink Innovation Agency.