Wednesday 22 November 2017

Backpack designed to reduce back pain takes top prize at start up pitching competition

Thirty teenagers selected to pitch their STEM innovations at the Ultimate Pitch Event
Thirty teenagers selected to pitch their STEM innovations at the Ultimate Pitch Event

Ryan O'Rourke

A backpack designed to minimise back pain has taken top prize at a prestigious start up competition.

The Tortue backpack was designed and pitched by a group of teenagers at the Ultimate Pitch Event in Dublin.

The competition, which took place on Saturday, was held at the Trinity College Science Gallery.

The Ultimate Pitch Event is organised by Trinity Walton Club, a STEM enrichment programme designed for second-level students.

STEM refers to the academic disciplines of Science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The students are known as ‘Alphas’ and are all members of TWC, which promotes self-directed learning.

The winning team behind Tortue were awarded a 3-D printed, revolving trophy.

"I’m delighted for the Tortue team and for all the other teams whose entrepreneurial spirits have been awoken as a result of this experience," Director of Trinity Walton Club Dr Arlene Gallagher said.  

"It’s just the beginning for these highly creative Alphas, and they are all truly winners."

Over 1,000 young people have attended Trinity Walton Club since it first began three years ago.

"It has been a privilege to work alongside such creative and inspirational young minds," said Dr Gallagher.

"We are currently recruiting for our club programme and we would encourage second-level students with a curiosity in STEM to get in touch".

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