08/06/2012

Queen's Students Win Most Technologically Innovative Idea Award

Students from Queen’s University Belfast, Aaron Robinson, William Imrie, Michael Neill, Alastair Mitchell and Andrew Beckett (AWAMA) have today won the ‘Most Technologically Innovative Idea Award’ at this year’s Enterprise Ireland Think Outside the Box Awards, winning a prize of €5,000, co-sponsored by Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys and Enterprise Ireland.

This year celebrates the 30th year of the prestigious awards, which are co-sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys, Mammoth Advertising, Intel and Grant Thornton. Aimed at encouraging students into business as a career option the awards attracted submissions from over 360 third level students from colleges across Ireland.

AWAMA’s innovative new Apex airline seat "puts the power of personal space back into your hands". The Apex seat has been designed to addresses the problem within the airline industry of reclined seats intruding in the personal space of the passenger behind, and for which to date a standard solution has not been found.

Congratulating the winners, Bill Scott, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Regional Business, said: "Young people in Northern Ireland are great at generating new business ideas and entrepreneurial talent. Competitions like this provide a platform for them to demonstrate their highly innovative concepts and the commercial skills required to take them forward. Invest NI is pleased to play a part in promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship and is focused on supporting young people to engage in entrepreneurial activity, as we need them to grow our future economy."

(CD/GK)

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