Opportunity in Times of Challenge: Adopting Innovation – a WiSAR Gateway Webinar

Join WiSAR Technology Gateway on Friday March 5th, 2021, to explore access to research expertise and funding in response to times of challenge. Explore how to embrace opportunities for technological change, research, and innovation, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment. Discover how businesses can access research expertise through the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, across all sectors, and the funding and support mechanisms available. 

The event will be hosted by John Andy Bonar, VP for Research, Equality and External Affairs at LYIT. 

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network offers three industry focused research & development clusters specialising in the areas of Internet of Things (Applied IoT), engineering, materials & design (EMD Ireland) and food & beverage technologies (Irish Food Tech). Accessible through a single point of contact, the clusters employ in excess of 300 research and engineering professionals and to date have successfully delivered over 4000 innovation projects with 2500 Irish companies. Dedicated Technology Gateway managers are available within each cluster to assist with all aspects of your next R&D or innovation project including the development of a tailored project plan, advice on the various direct and Enterprise Ireland funding mechanisms available and delivery of the completed project on time and in budget. 

Hear from Sharon White (EMD Ireland), Stephen Seawright (Applied IoT), and Tim Yeomans (Irish Food Tech) as they explore various funding supports and the adoption of research and innovation, across all sectors, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment. 


Stephen Seawright- Technology Gateway Manager, WiSAR, LYIT 

Dr Stephen Seawright has a distinguished track record in business development holding senior roles across several multinational businesses throughout his career. Stephen is Technology Gateway Manager at the WiSAR Lab at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, providing solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems, and power electronics.Stephen engages with idea owners across many sectors to apply hardware and software skills to advanced working prototypes. 

Sharon White- Technology Gateway Manager, MET, GMIT 

Sharon graduated from Dublin City University in 2004 with an honours degree in Medical Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 she took up a position at Cook Medical, where she worked in the Regulatory Affairs department for 2 years before moving to the Research and Development department as an R&D Engineer. For the ensuing 11 years, Sharon worked in the design and development of medical devices for use in endoscopy and has seen several devices to launch. Sharon has been also been awarded two patents. Sharon is currently Gateway Manager at the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre, an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors. 

Tim Yeomans- Technology Gateway Manager, Shannon ABC, MTU – Kerry and LIT 

Dr Tim Yeomans received his Degree in Industrial Biology from the Institute of Technology Carlow and subsequently completed his PhD in Microbiology at University College Cork. Tim has previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Crumlin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. He has held various industrial based roles and more recently provided technical and commercial input as Laboratory and Research Manager for a contract research and development company. Tim has held the role of Centre Manager of Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre for 10 years and is responsible for on-going engagement with industry, scientific direction of the Centre as well as commercialisation of research. 

WiSAR Technology Gateway 

The WiSAR Gateway, based in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, provides solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics. 

The WiSAR Gateway uses expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics to provide solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The primary goal of this Gateway is to achieve ultra-low power consumption in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). Expertise is provided to Irish industry across many sectors, including sports and tourism, marine, and renewable energies, relating to wearable technology, remote monitoring, power electronics and communications. 

The facilities at WiSAR allow for a very high standard of research and development to be carried out on collaborative projects with industry. WiSAR’s collaborative services provide companies with a flexible and expert R&D resource, allowing them to examine the potential for wireless technology within their businesses without demanding a large initial investment from their own resources. WiSAR’s competencies allow clients to develop and build prototypes, undergo feasibility studies and perform proof of concept exercises. 

Further event details and registration are available here.