On Wednesday April 2, Alltech hosted its second annual Innovation Competition which took place at European headquarters, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. A total of six Universities battled it out for a chance to win the prize fund of €4,000. Waterford Institute of Technology student John Kennedy was awarded the overall prize for his outstanding competition entry - Field Buddy.
John’s winning concept reflects the future needs within the agriculture sector. A native of Callan, Co. Kilkenny, John developed an android app, Field Buddy, which will allow farmers to avail of GPS technology when fertilising their fields. Field Buddy aims to lessen the waste of sprays and fertilisers by reducing “run-off”, in turn saving money for the farmer.
Student teams from University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin, Waterford Institute of Technology and University of Limerick each presented forward thinking business plans on their innovative ideas in the areas of agriculture, distilling, human health and long term environmental sustainability.
Dublin Institute of Technology students presented a human health concept called the “Canu Cover” while students from University College Dublin presented on an innovative new pig farrow concept. The judging panel certainly had their work cut out for them when selecting a winner!
Last year’s winners, AgTeCH4, are currently developing their company through University College Cork's Graduate Business Innovation Programme 2014, IGNITE. AgTeCH4 is hoping to launch their product on the market later this year and is currently undertaking research for the development of future devices.
Alltech continues to work with Irish universities to ensure the development of talented and educated Irish agri-business graduates and wish all the students the best of luck with their business plans.