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Invent Student Awards highlighting the young innovators of Northern Ireland

Added Friday, September 15 2017

Invent Student Finalists 2017 gather outside Ulster University, Belfast

On Wednesday we welcomed back the top scoring students from Invent 2017 to a Student Final at the Belfast Campus of Ulster University, in front of an audience of year 11 pupils from across Northern Ireland. The Student Final was sponsored by Ulster University and the finalists were: 

Evy - a smart bag that never lets you forget.

Communication Innovation - a tidy up for phone cables.

Headcase -  An app to look at head injuries.

KegoMatic - a keg changeover and management device.

StringSense - a fast track guitar learning platform.

Fetch - a catering app to slash queuing times at events.

HurtLockers - an electronic first aid kit

NeverLace - an effective magnetic shoelace buckle

Our Student Finalists pitched their innovative products to a group of 170 year 11 pupils, brought together by Generation Innovation and a panel of judges - Tim Brundle, Director of Research and Impact at Ulster University and previous Invent Winners, Michael Budden (Locate a Locum), Rachel Gawley (Appattic) and Leona McAlister (Plotbox).Speaking at the event, Tim Brundle from Ulster University said the judges had been impressed by the quality and innovation that the finalists had shown in the design of their products. 

"The common trait amongst the finalists is that they had a problem and they solved it with a new innovation. We hope that the pupils who attended today have been inspired to go on and embrace innovative careers"


Evy which was voted the "Pupils Choice" winner by pupils attending the event, is just such an example. CEO Niamh Tohill explained the problem that Evy solves 

‘Everyone has those days, those days when you get to work and realise that your laptop is still on charge at home, packing your school bag with Tuesday text books and then realise it is Wednesday, or plan a gym session only to get to the gym and realise you have no trainers. This is where Evy comes in, Evy knows you have forgotten something before you have forgotten it!’

Following the pitches, the pupils took part in a number of innovative workshops facilitated by Ulster University. This showcased the exciting study options available at the university and inspired the young people to embrace innovative future careers.


One of the teachers attending the event said ‘It was a valuable learning experience and an excellent opportunity for our students. They thoroughly enjoyed it’

The overall Student Invent winner, decided by the judging panel, will be announced at our Invent 2017 awards night on Thursday 5th October in the Waterfront Belfast. Tickets are still available at www.invent2017.co