DIT students 'fly the flag' in Hong Kong
A GROUP of DIT students are travelling to Hong Kong to showcase their new anti-contamination product at a global competition for student entrepreneurs.
The four students have developed "Strata Vision", which detects whether people dealing with dangerous materials are wearing their safety equipment correctly.
The students were selected on the basis of their business plan for a unit linked to scanning devices, which can help prevent contamination in the pharmaceutical, computer chip and food industries.
A prototype is in development after initial testing proved successful and preliminary patents on the product have already been filed.
The four students, all in their early twenties, are Conor Bennett, Stephen Tyrrell, Henry Daly and Darren Bratten. They are the only Irish group in the competition, which will pit them against 30 other teams from 16 countries, including students from India, China, Canada, Australia and the US.
The prize fund of $13,000 is shared across six awards. Previous winners have included students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and China's South East University.
"We are all very proud to be 'flying the flag' for Ireland on the global stage" said managing director Henry Daly yesterday.
"We're coming to this competition with a strong technology concept, which has very real business potential both nationally and internationally. We also have a pipeline of other products that we are eager to start developing and testing, so this competition is just the beginning for Strata."
Semi-finals take place on Monday and the finals will be held next Thursday in front of a 30-member judging panel.