Connected cash register claims Hackathon crown

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Pictured: The team behind Cash Up, the winning project at the PCH, DCU Hackathon

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4 November 2014 | 0

PCH, the company that designs custom manufacturing solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies today announced Cash Up, the team which developed and prototyped a connected cash registerhas been selected as the winner of Ireland’s first multidisciplinary design and hardware hackathon. This two-day event, held in partnership with Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland’s University of enterprise, the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and Web Summit, is the second in a series of PCH and DCU hardware hackathons.

The Cash Up team received €1,500 to continue development on the product as well three tickets to the Web Summit.

Second prize was awarded to City+ which developed a bicycle-powered connected sensor. The team received a €1,000 cash prize for the development of their product and an Autodesk licence.

Third prize was awarded to PillPal who developed a smart pill box to tackle medical non-compliance. The team received a €500 cash prize for the development of their product.

Over 100 other prototypes developed over the competitio’s 36 hours were a control and monitoring system for urban allotments; a sensor to monitor the shelf life of products and a wearable sensor to monitor air quality.

DCU President Prof Brian MacCraith, said: “We are very pleased to partner once again with PCH on a hardware hackathon and to welcome for the first time the National College of Art and Design as an important partner in this event. During Web Summit, it is a great time to have a hardware hackathon to raise awareness of the creativity, passion and talent in Ireland. The University has a key role to play in bringing groups together to foster innovation and encourage excitement around the Internet of Things. There is so much opportunity to develop the next generation of connected products, and we want our engineering and design community to join forces so that Ireland can play a leading role in this space.”

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