Five students promoting a "Resuable Braille Translator" have taken the group prize at this year's BT Young Scientist Business Bootcamp.
The students from Dublin, Westmeath, Sligo and Kildare won the accolade after pitching the device, which enhances visually impaired peoples reading and web surfing experience by converting text into braille form, to a panel of five judges, including BT Young Scientist co-founder, Dr Tony Scott.
Alison Egan from Castleknock Community College in Dublin, Cian Flaherty from Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar in Co Westmeath, Maura Madden from Ursuline College in Sligo, Rhys Mordaunt from the Institute of Education in Dublin and Ruairi Mullally from Patrician Secondary school in Newbridge Co Kildare were among a group of twenty-nine who took part in this year’s bootcamp.
It aims to give students the commercialisation skills they need to develop their BT Young Scientist & Technology project ideas.
The event is run in partnership with the innovation team of UCD Research and Innovation and has been taking place since 2010.
Ben Loughnane, a third-year student from Kinsale Community School Co. Cork was the individual winner for his role in the project 'Electric Paint- how much graphite is needed to heat your home?’.