Design for Business Advantage networking morning

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network and USER-FACTOR Design for SMEs group announce their ‘Design for Business Advantage’ networking morning

Design and design thinking has an important role to play in the creation of new products and services, as well as an integral role in enabling innovation within companies. The benefits of a design approach at the initial stage of product innovation is often key to a successful outcome. Providing companies with an opportunity to increase productivity and create value in products and services in both traditional and emerging sectors.

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network aims to highlight the importance and value of design within the innovation process, the benefits of engaging with a design process and the role that design implemented innovation can play in the success of Irish businesses. Many of our Gateways, in a variety of specialisations and industries, offer a design-led approach when collaborating with Irish companies.

With this in mind, the Technology Gateway Network and USER-FACTOR Design for SMEs group are co-hosting a networking morning on 30th April 2019 at the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel (9 am – 12 pm).

The theme of the event will be Design for Business Advantage and participants will hear from a number of companies who have worked with the Technology Gateway Network to use the expertise available within the host Institutes of Technology.

The keynote address will be given by Lorna Ross, who has had a stellar design career which has also been an interesting journey spanning more than 25 years, with stops in the world of fashion, wearable technology and, most recently, health care. She is a futurist at heart, recognised for her ability to anticipate shifts in the social, cultural and economic context for design. She was one of the pioneering researchers to focus on wearable technologies and built a reputation for research activity in this arena. She founded and led the Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where her vision was to employ human-centred design principles to address the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry in delivering population health outcomes.

Representatives from our Technology Gateways, including the managers and their research staff, will also be available for informal meetings on the day. If you wish to avail of this option, please contact Grainne Foley (gfoley@technologygateway.ie) or Megan.Reid@Enterprise-Ireland.com.

This event is suitable for all types of Irish Business such as Start-Ups, SMEs, large indigenous companies and multinationals.

A networking lunch will be provided from 12 pm.

Registration for this free event is available here.

SEAM Technology Gateway celebrates 10 years of providing support to Irish industry   

l-r: Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager; Michael Kelly, Centre Manager of 3DWIT; Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys; and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan with 3D printed crests of their counties presented on the day

So far, 2019 has been a big year for SEAM Technology Gateway, based in Waterford Institute of Technology, as it celebrates 10 years providing support and expertise to Irish industry. In recognition of this achievement, an industry-focused celebration was hosted on Friday 22nd March in Waterford Institute of Technology. The event focused on highlighting the many existing and new capabilities that SEAM can offer as well as showcasing the special relationship which exists between the Gateway and industry. The event also included the launch of the new Additive Manufacturing Training Centre (3DWIT) based in WIT.

Attended by over 100 industry delegates from around the country, representatives were also present from Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, Government departments and various academic institutes.

SEAM Technology Gateway is currently funded under the Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Programme, which delivers innovation expertise to industry across Ireland. The programme is run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with 9 Institutes of Technology and 1 Technological University across the country. SEAM is one of 15 such Gateways and provides engineering material solutions for industry in sectors such as biomedical devices, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, precision engineering and construction. The Gateway has been providing assistance to industries in the South and SE region of Ireland and beyond since its launch in 2009.

The event agenda included a range of relevant and interesting discussions, audience interactions and presentations. The morning session opened with a welcome address by Dr Mark White, Vice President for Research & Innovation, WIT, followed by a presentation by Dr Ramesh Raghavendra (SEAM Centre Director & CEO of 3DWIT), who outlined SEAM’s 10-year contribution to industry. Closing the morning session was an insightful presentation from Michael Kelly, Centre Manager of 3DWIT, who introduced the new Additive Manufacturing skills available through 3DWIT.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, viewing WIRE EDM-3D printing post processing equipment

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, viewing WIRE EDM-3D printing post processing equipment

Session 2 saw company presentations by:

  • Dan Buck, Head of Device Engineering Group, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Jonathan Downey, Applications Engineering Manager, Schivo Medicals
  • Triona Kennedy, Manager, Advanced Operations, Stryker
  • Noel Lynch, Managing Director, EDPAC (Cork)

These not only allowed attendees an insight into the many different types of collaboration between SEAM and Irish industry, but the many different types of R&D development and innovation currently ongoing within Irish industry.

Session 3 focused on the areas of Technology, Research & Development, and Innovation with insightful presentations by:

  • Marc Sanders, Director of AM Applications, Renishaw (United Kingdom) entitled Be specific! Custom implants focus on the individual patient
  • Frank Devitt, Senior Lecturer-Design Innovation & Innovation strategy, Maynooth University on Design Thinking and its approach to prototyping and experimentation
  • Gearoid Mooney, Research & Innovation Division Manager, Enterprise Ireland on The importance of R&D and innovation to Businesses and Technology Gateway centre supports

This was then followed by an informative Question and Answers session with all panel members.

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager presenting at the event

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager, presenting at the event

The afternoon session saw the official launch of the Additive Manufacturing Training Centre (3DWIT) with speeches from Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan.

Panel audience interaction session

Panel audience interaction session

Reflecting on the day and on the previous 10 years, Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager said: 

“It has been a pleasure to lead SEAM since its formal launch in 2009 and today after crossing the milestone of 10th Anniversary I am proud to say that SEAM has become a good and effective vehicle of transferring the benefits of various government funded research programmes to industries through partnering and collaborating with them. Oscar Wilde cites “Success is a science, if you have the conditions, you will get the result.” We in SEAM constantly strive for success to build a good Engineering Research Infrastructure with latest technologies in the South East that delivers the results not only for industries in the South East, but beyond for the whole of Island of Ireland.”

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme Manager, Mark Whelan, commented on the success of SEAM and said:

“SEAM’s success over the past 10 years has been down to the hard work and dedication of the staff in SEAM and the wider WIT community. The benefit of SEAM to industry in Ireland has been invaluable and I look forward to its continued growth and success over the next 10 years.”

To find out more about SEAM Technology Gateway check out their page and follow them on Twitter for all the latest news and events!

CAPPA Gateway announces Innovation Through Light Seminar  

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) is hosting an Innovation Through Light Seminar as part of Cork Institute of Technology innovation week. This seminar will take place on Monday, 4th of March from 1 pm to 2 pm in the Nimbus Seminar room at Cork Institute of Technology.

This is a free event open to all companies and individuals across all sectors. The seminar will focus on the benefits of innovation and showcase what state funding is available to begin your innovation journey, as well as the impact innovation through light, is having on future technologies.

The Innovation Through Light Seminar will focus on:

  • Insights into the world of photonics
  • How innovation can transform your business
  • Understanding state funding incentives
  • Integrating collaboration and innovation into your business

Twitter competition

As part of this event, CAPPA will also be holding an Innovation Through Light competition which will run from 4th to 8th March. To enter this competition all you need to do is tweet CAPPA (@cappa_cit) how you see innovation through light in your everyday life or the best current, future or potential uses of innovation through light that you have come across.

You must be following @cappa_cit on Twitter and use #InnovationThroughLight in your tweet in order to enter. There is one €100 and one €50 One4All voucher for the winner and runner up of this competition. Winners will be announced on Friday, 8th March.

Register for the seminar

Registration for this free event can be found here. For any queries or more information on the upcoming event, please call CAPPA on 021 433 5338 or email cappa@cit.ie.

To find out more about CAPPA, check out their page and follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest news and events!

 

Enterprise Ireland announces a new Capital Equipment Fund for Institutes of Technology

Enterprise Ireland is pleased to announce a call for applications from the Institutes of Technology (including TU Dublin) for a new Capital Equipment Fund. The purpose of the funding is to increase the levels of interaction between the IoTs and industry in Ireland, so the intended outcomes should include but not be limited to:

  • More companies engaging in R&D
  • Pilot manufacturing capability for new product/process development
  • Enhanced technology validation and testing capabilities
  • Testbed generation
  • Enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies

The closing date for applications is 3 pm on Friday, 22nd March 2019.

More information, eligibility criteria and the downloadable application form can be found here.

The Enterprise Ireland Agile Innovation Fund Roadshow returns

Enterprise Ireland’s R&D Core Unit is hosting a number of regional roadshow events throughout the country on their new Agile Innovation, Research and Development funding programmes.

Offering fast-track approval and a streamlined online application process, the new Agile Innovation Fund allows companies to access up to 50% in support for product, process or service development projects with a total cost of up to €300,000. The funding is ideal for Irish companies that need to rapidly develop solutions or are planning a first R&D project and open to eligible Enterprise Ireland client companies. The process has been streamlined for eligible companies with a short online application and fast-track approval. Please contact your Development Adviser before applying.

The Agile fund is part of Enterprise Ireland’s wider Innovation Offer, which includes funding and supports for collaborative research, increasing the innovation capability of companies and funding for large R&D projects.

Upcoming roadshow events

Venue: DUNDALK – Crowne Plaza Dundalk, Co. Louth
Date: 6 February 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 12 noon
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Venue: TULLAMORE – Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly
Date: 27th February 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 12 noon
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Venue: ATHLONE – Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Gleeson Street, Co. Westmeath
Date: 20th March 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 12 noon
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Venue: LONGFORD – Longford Arms Hotel, Main Street, Longford Town
Date: 10th April 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 12 noon
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Venue: PORTLAOISE – The Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Date: 1st May 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 12 noon
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Venue: SLIGO – Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Road, Sligo
Date: 29th May 2019
Time: 8.30 am to 12 noon
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You can find more information on the Agile Innovation Fund plus registration details here.  You can also follow them on Twitter for all the latest news and events.

SEAM to lead disruptive project on 3D printing of biomedical implants

The SEAM Gateway is leading a Disruptive Technology Innovation-funded project called E-BAMBI, which will research the 3D printing of biomedical implants.

The SEAM Gateway led a consortium comprising two SMEs – Schivo Medical and  Graph Engineering – multinational company, Stryker Ireland, and its sister Technology Gateway, CREST, to receive over € 1.9 million in funding for its project E-Bambi (Enhanced Biocompatibility of Additively Manufactured Biomedical implants for Improved clinical outcomes) from the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF) administered by Project Ireland 2040.

SEAM, based in Waterford Institute of Technology, is an industry focused applied research centre, providing materials engineering solutions to companies from wide-ranging sectors such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, precision engineering and energy. SEAM supports research activities for industries throughout Ireland.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadker TD, and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphries, announced the details of the 27 projects funded under the DTIF on 10th December 2018. There were over 300 applications submitted for this call, making the process highly competitive.

This work has major implications for the medical device industry and ultimately for improving patient care with the proposed implants coated for drug elution, reducing the risk of infection for patients receiving the implants.

The Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, said:

“With the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, the Irish Government is supporting exactly the kind of fund that Ireland needs right now as we embrace the opportunities and challenges that disruptive technologies innovation bring to our workplaces and homes. These projects represent exciting collaborations happening between Ireland’s cutting-edge research base and our vibrant, dynamic enterprise and start-up community, reflecting the excellent skills we have here. I am delighted to support projects that will help to position Ireland as a Global Innovation Leader and lead the way in driving disruptive technologies innovation.”

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, Director of SEAM and lead partner of the DTIF E-BAMBI project said:

“We are thrilled to be funded under the highly competitive DTIF call – the E-BAMBI consortium has the capacity to disruptively innovate the medical device market. Our project has wide-reaching impact for patient care and critically, for the commercialisation of the technology we will create for global impact. Furthermore, this E-BAMBI project would meet the growing need for engineering and scientific competence for building an additive ecosystem in Ireland.”

COMAND researchers developing cyber security solutions to enhance threat awareness

Cybersecurity attacks present one of the biggest threats to society today. Governments and industry alike exert great effort to frustrate these attacks them, frequently at an international level.

Researchers at the COMAND Technology Gateway – Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) – have been working on Protective (Proactive Risk Management through Improved Cyber Situational Awareness), a European Union Horizon 2020 collaborative project that aims to combat the growth of cybercrime. The project began in September 2016 and runs until August 2019.

The main objective of the project is to improve the awareness of the risk posed by cybersecurity attacks by creating a system for data and security information collection and processing, as well as by sharing information between security teams in different organisations. In addition to coordinating the project consortium, Athlone Institute of Technology is developing tools to link an organisation’s business goals to its computing infrastructure to enable the security teams to quickly focus on the most significant cyber threats.

The project, now its final year, will pilot Protective next year with several European National Research and Education Networks as well as several Managed Security Service providers in Ireland and the UK. Sharing of Information on attacks with other network monitoring organisations will enable enhanced threat awareness and decision-making capabilities.

Cyber security and threat awareness

One of the larger projects that the COMAND Technology Gateway had direct input in proposing solutions for during 2018 was surrounding cyber-security. The aim of the project was to provide security teams with a greater cyber defence capability through improved cyber situational awareness (CSA). This would simultaneously raise their level of awareness of the risk to their business posed by cyber-attacks and enhance their capacity to respond to threats. The project approaches this task from a number of different angles.

We plan to develop a ‘Knowledge Exchange’ to facilitate the sharing of threat intelligence (TI) and will apply this to the client domain to significantly improve the degree of TI sharing. We develop novel approaches to assessing data quality trust in order to improve acceptance and usage of TI. Sharing of knowledge about security threats among peers greatly increase the security teams’ chances of preventing cyber-attacks.

We also will develop tools to allow both internal and external to model their mission and constituency (i.e. assets) and to link these together to indicate the criticality of assets to the organisation. The rankings and statistics produced will allow the security team to ascertain whether their most critical data and assets are under threat.

In order to communicate this information in various levels of detail to the security team member, we apply several novel techniques to the development of security alert prioritisation. The prioritisation framework algorithms will use several different alert attributes, including context awareness, to determine the ranking of the alerts.

The final product will be an easily deployable and secure threat monitoring and modelling system that is easy for the clients to understand. The client will also have the option to share their gathered security alert data with other peers and also benefit from the data collected from other peers. This sharing will improve the effectiveness of the system over time.

Beyond IoT 2 in Cork – January 2019

How to harness the next wave of digital technology and investment

On 21st January 2019, Cork Institute of Technology’s Nimbus Research Centre, sponsored by SteriTrack (MatrixIT), will host Beyond IoT 2. The event will once again take place in the state-of-the-art conference centre in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.

Bringing Silicon Valley to Ireland, this event offers a unique opportunity for multi-nationals, SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and academics to hear what international, battle-tested entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and dedicated researchers expect from the next wave of technology innovation and investment, and to learn how their organisations can benefit.

The sold-out inaugural event in January 2018 was hailed as a tremendous success. Nimbus aims to capitalise on this success and deliver an even bigger and better event in 2019, starting with an impressive line-up of speakers from across the Atlantic and Europe. Attendees will include researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, academics, start-ups, business owners and top executives from large multinationals.

Speaker line-up

The line-up for 2019 has been expanded to bring technology gurus from Silicon Valley and other global players to Cork. It includes Vitaly Golomb, who addressed Beyond IoT 2018, and high-profile speakers from Silicon Valley such as John Biggs (TechCrunch), Dave Troy (the man who saved Twitter!), Jon Soberg (Expansive Ventures), Stuart Hillston (ConCap), and Helen McBreen (Atlantic Bridge).

The topics will cover:

  • Internet of Things
  • Blockchain
  • Space
  • Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Funding
  • Business Expansion

Clinics will provide a unique opportunity to get expert advice from field experts in technology, investment, funding avenues, entrepreneurship and academic research. These sessions will provide invaluable advice and guidance on how attendees can facilitate investment, drive technology innovation, create collaborations, and foster new commercial relationships.

Feedback from the 2018 event

Kieran Gleeson, CEO and Founder of Freight Station said:

“Freight Station attended the Beyond IoT event at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in January 2018. We were delighted to hear about the technological advances that are being made right now, providing start-up companies with new opportunities in new spaces. The speakers were fascinating and their insights were extremely valuable to our own technology roadmap. We can’t wait to attend again in 2019.”

The event is approved by Engineers Ireland providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in areas relevant to the professional development of engineers.

About the nimbus Gateway

CIT’s Nimbus Research Centre is Ireland’s largest IoT centre and has a permanent workforce of 90 people. Nimbus delivers over 60 IoT projects per annum for Irish industry and passionately believes that it is essential to deliver the best, and latest, thinking to its project partners in industry, academia and funding agencies.

The latest Gartner industry report indicates that 8.4 billion connected things are in use worldwide, up 31% from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. With total spending on endpoints and services surpassing almost $2 trillion, this is an essential event for all who want to understand where this new wave of technology and investment is heading and how it can be best embraced and exploited.

Start-up companies are encouraged to attend with a full discount. The event proved to be extremely beneficial for networking and forming collaborations, particularly in industry research where SMEs can access funding through Technology Gateways.

P.S. Don’t forget to follow Beyond IoT 2 on Twitter!

 

 

MET Technology Gateway wins Best Innovation/R&D Award

The MET Gateway is a winner at the Galway Chamber Business Awards 2018!

The annual Galway Chamber Business Awards 2018 took place on 1st December in the Galway Bay Hotel. The awards are a celebration of the success of the Galway business community and were attended by a wide selection of Galway’s business and industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

On the night, GMIT’s Enterprise Ireland MET Technology Gateway received the Galway Chamber of Commerce award for Best Innovation/R&D. This award was in recognition of MET’s innovative technologies and the supports it provides to MedTech companies for the design and assessment of their products.

The Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre is an Enterprise Ireland-funded Technology Gateway providing world-class solutions for the MedTech and general manufacturing sectors. Based at GMIT’s Galway campus, the centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and MedTech companies operating in the design application phase.

By actively engaging with clinical and industry partners, the MET Centre produces both scientific knowledge and technology outputs across a range of streams.

Congratulations to the team!

Find out more about MET Technology Gateway or follow them on Twitter.