On Friday 15th May, eighteen students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Our Lady’s College Greenhills and Coláiste na hInse Secondary School attended the Prize-giving Ceremony hosted at The Mill Enterprise Hub.
Drogheda Young Innovators is a competition to reward and promote innovation amongst secondary school students in Drogheda. This is the second year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation. The awards were established by serial entrepreneur Geoff Fitzpatrick, in partnership with The Mill.
Applications from individuals and groups were judged in three categories:
Science and Technology ; a technical or scientific innovation
Enterprise / Business ; a new business idea
Social Enterprise ; a non-profit innovation that will change our society
Two individual and four group winners were chosen, with an overall winner, Elle Loughran from Our Lady’s College, receiving a cash prize of €300 for her Science project ‘Novel graphene functionalization to detect attraction’.
The other winners include:
Niamh Kelly (Our Lady’s College) – Social Enterprise Individual Winner with the project “An investigation of mathematical concepts and connections in a garden”;
Orla Molloy and Neasa Early (Our Lady’s College) – Science Group Winners with their project on “Mathematical analysis of number patterns in winning draws in the national lottery”;
Lucy Murray, Aoife Mc Auley, Sean Mortalo and Alanna Hogan (Coláiste na hInse) – Business Group Winners with their project “Dear Santa”.
Ben Penthony, Kevin Doyle, Dylan O’Rourke and Thomas Monk (St. Mary’s) – Business Group Winners with their project “The Chopping Board Co”.
Leighton Egan, Ben Mooney, Killian Kierans, Darragh Beirth, Dean Gunnery, and Lee Mc Guiness (Coláiste na hInse) – Social Enterprise Group Winners with their project “Cosy Capall”.
Last year’s winner, Anna McEvoy from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, picking up a major award in the biggest school’s science competition in the world. 17-year-old Anna was awarded both a second place award in the Plant Sciences category as well as a Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Science First Award at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which was attended by approximately 1,700 young scientists selected from 422 affiliate fairs in more than 75 countries.
It’s not everyday that a Louth Team has success in Croke Park!
Well the last week of May 2015 saw a very successful outcome for The Mill’s 2nd IgnYte programme participants.
Maria McCabe & Mary Aylward gave a very moving explanation of how the recently developed Access App came about & how it is likely to improve the quality of lives for all wheelchair users.
The event was the culmination of weeks of hard work – with the YSI run ‘Youth in the Community’ initiative coming to a successful conclusion.
Certificates were presented to all 8 participants as well as to project leader Sean MacEntee. All that now remains is for the Irish Wheelchair Association to officially approve the App & make it available for use throughout its 56 nationwide offices. Well done to all who participated in the YSI managed project as well as to the YSI organisation itself for including The Mill IgnYte programme in this very successful initiative.
On the 7th of May we all met in the Mill for the first viewing of the Wheelchair Access App. There are a total of 90 Drogheda Destinations now listed as Wheelchair accessible. These covered 10 Categories. It was decided to add ‘Parking’ & ‘Toilets’ as additional Categories in their own right. Everyone was delighted with the results – especially the wheelchair users present.
Efforts are now being made to engage with the Irish Wheelchair Association in Dublin in order to have the App rolled out nationally. Everyone was asked to reserve Thursday 28th May (3:30-8pm) for a trip to Dublin for the final Event of the YSI project. Maria Mc Cabe told the group how on a recent visit to Dail Eireann, organised by Labour Senator Mary Meehan, she had told several TDs about the App.
All wanted to know when would it be available in their Constituency area. It was agreed by all participants that great learning benefits had accrued from a very worthwhile project.
The participants on the current IgnYte Programme at the Mill are engaged in a real live social innovation project.
Following a Workshop organised by YSI & a review of several options- the IgnYte group selected the Design of an App showing wheelchair accessability as a worthwhile project.
Support has been secured from the local Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) office in Drogheda, Nebula Consultancy, a Software Developer based at the Mill & several wheelchair users based in the local area. The aim is to have a prototype Android App ready, covering the Drogheda area, by the end of April.
The success of the project could lead to an App offering National coverage -through the support of the Regional offices of the IWA.
This initiative lead by YSI has also given great insight to the IgnYte programme participants as to how one goes about setting up a new business.
A nice piece in the Drogheda Independent newspaper on 28th January, highlighting a visit from the Tánaiste Joan Burton and local TD Ged Nash to The Mill! With the official launch of the programme, applications for Ignyte 2 are now accepted on our dedicated page.
Over a 12 week period you will explore many different ideas for starting a new business, discover your true self & learn many new skills.
Ignyte training occurs three days per week from 10am to 12:30pm. The first six weeks will take place at the training room in The Mill Enterprise Hub and mentors will work with participants on a one-to-one basis over the following 6 weeks.
Please contact Sean MacEntee on 087 2586916 or phone The Mill directly (041 9802444) to obtain extra information.
Ignyte – The Free Start your own Business programme for those unemployed aged 16 to 30 years of age in Drogheda, Dundalk, Balbriggan and surrounding areas in County Louth