DIT Students to Represent Ireland at Global Competition in Hong Kong

Conor Bennett, Stephen Tyrrell, Henry Daly, and Darren Bratten

DIT students to represent Ireland at the global competition in Hong Kong Conor Bennett, Stephen Tyrrell, Henry Daly, and Darren Bratten

Four product design students from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) are to represent Ireland in a global business competition in Hong Kong.

They are heading 30 other teams from 16 countries in the “Global Student Challenge” competition, which includes students from India, China, Canada, Australia, Vietnam, the US, and the UK.

The DIT students were selected on the basis of their business plan for an image processing unit called ‘Strata Vision,’ used in clean rooms when factory staff is wearing protective clothing.

The unit, linked to scanning devices and external servers, can help prevent contamination within the pharmaceutical, medical device, semiconductor, and food manufacturing industries.

By analyzing images of the user during the gowning process, ‘Strata Vision’ can tell users if their personal protective equipment (PPE) is being correctly used or not.

Following initial testing, a new prototype is currently in development, and preliminary patents have already been filed in anticipation of international interest.

The team members are Conor Bennett, Stephen Tyrrell, Henry Daly, and Darren Bratten.

Daly said: “We’re coming to this competition with a strong technology concept, which has the 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.”

The ‘Global Student Challenge’ semi-finals take place at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 24 June, with the finals taking place on 27 June.

The judging panel, drawn from university and industry sectors, will be judging the Irish students on areas such as innovation and creativity, technical soundness, organizational plan, management structure, projected financial performance, and overall presentation.