Making Our World Greener Award 2014

Making Our World Greener Award 2014

Sponsored by NTR Foundation Pictured above is Lorcan, Cian and Jack with Natalie Hodgess receiving funding from the YSI Den in 2014 This project, Greener Globe, is concerned with energy and water consumption and aims to enhance people’s knowledge on their usage. The group was motivated by a desire to make a difference in this area to help protect vital resources for future generations. This YSI team chose to focus on energy and water wastage in both homes and farms. This is a huge problem experienced worldwide so the team decided to tackle 3 different concerns – spending too much time in the shower, water leaks on farms and keeping track of the daily energy consumption in a household. Having carried out research, the group discovered that people are generally spending too much time in the shower and are not keeping track of how much electricity they are consuming. The group’s innovative response to this was to design and make a prototype shower that contains an LED light and timer function. The shower begins with a green light, after five minutes in shower the light will go orange, this is highlighting you need to start getting ready to finish up and after 7 minutes it would go red.  In an effort to make people more aware of their household electricity usage the team came up with the idea of a photo of a weekly meter reading being sent to an icloud account rather than relying on the much less frequent bills. They also designed a leak detection system for farms to stop large leaks going unnoticed for long periods...
Tullamore College win SAGE World Cup in Moscow

Tullamore College win SAGE World Cup in Moscow

Devices that detect water leaks and encourage users to take shorter showers have clinched a win and $2,000 for a Tullamore College team in the SAGE World Cup in Russia. The team was announced the winner of the social enterprise business category of the global entrepreneurship competition by Nelson Mandela’s grandson Ndaba Mandela yesterday evening (Monday) in Moscow. Speaking after the win team member Cian Fogarty said the group of students are now looking forward to developing their business in Ireland and beyond. Delegations from 16 countries arrived in Moscow to compete at the event last Friday. The Tullamore team beat off competition from Nigeria, South Africa and the USA in the final round of judging to win the top award. The team developed its initiative in an effort to tackle the global issue of water shortage. They created two innovative products in their fight to reduce national and international water wastage, which they have recently begun marketing and selling to farms, homes and businesses. Their water leak detection system for domestic, industrial and agricultural use notifies land owners or occupiers when a leak is present and identifies the source of the problem so leaks don’t go unnoticed for large periods of time, while their aqua cica shower head with integrated timed LED lights that follow a traffic light system encourages users to reduce water wastage by taking shorter showers. – See more at:...
Irish Students’ Water Conservation Products Win Global Entrepreneurship Award

Irish Students’ Water Conservation Products Win Global Entrepreneurship Award

Students from Tullamore College, Co. Offaly beat off competition from Nigeria, South Africa and the USA in a final round of judging to win the top award in the Social Enterprise Business category of the SAGE World Cup 2014!   Moscow, 11th August 2014: Students from Tullamore College, Co. Offaly beat off competition from Nigeria, South Africa and the USA in a final round of judging to win the top award in the Social Enterprise Business category of the SAGE World Cup 2014 (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship). Delegations from 16 countries arrived in Russia to compete at the event which has been taking place in Moscow from 8th August. The Irish student’s water conservation initiative was announced as the global category winner during the Awards Ceremony yesterday evening at which Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela, delivered the keynote address. The Young Social Innovators’ team developed their social enterprise business in an effort to tackle the global issue of water shortage. They created two innovative products in their fight to reduce national and international water wastage which they have recently begun marketing and selling to farms, homes and businesses. Their Water Leak Detection System for domestic, industrial and agricultural use notifies the land owner or occupier that a leak is present and identifies the source of the problem so that leaks do not go unnoticed for large periods of time. Their ‘Aqua Cica’ shower head encourages users to reduce water wastage by taking shorter showers. The integrated timed LED lights follow a traffic light system of green, amber and red with the shower head...