Cork schoolgirls begin wearable tech crowdfunding campaign for I Wish

i Wish 2016
Pictured: I Wish ambassador Anna McKenna, Scoil Mhuire Wellington Rd with I Wish founders Gillian Keating, Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors and Caroline O'Driscoll KPMG and IT@Cork; with Ruth Buckley, Cork City Council



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8 January 2016 | 0

Two transition year schoolgirls from Cork have begun a crowdfunding campaign for a ring that sends message alerts directly from your smartphone to your fingers.

The Ringly is a wearable smartphone peripheral that can vibrate, change colour or notify the wearer when calls, texts and e-mails arrive.

Anna McKenna and Niamh O’Connell from Scoil Mhuire in Cork are leading the crowdfunding campaign and aim to raise at least €200 in batches of €2 in a month. The funds raised will be used to purchase a Ringly which will be used as prize for the Junior Dragons Den competition at the I Wish event in Cork on 11-12 February.

“I Wist is all about inspiring young girls and showing them what technology, among other things, can do. We want to learn about modern wearable technology first-hand, and this campaign will allow us to do just that,” said said McKenna. “We hope to crowdfund enough money to purchase the Ringly, and then donate it as a prize.”

I Wish is an award-winning partnership initiative between Cork Chamber, it@cork, and Cork City Council, supported by SFI, Dell, Cork County Council, UCC and CIT.

The initiative was co-founded in 2014 by Gillian Keating of Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Caroline O’Driscoll from KPMG and vice chair of it@Cork, and Ruth Buckley from Cork City Council.

I Wish will cater for 2,000 young women from schools across Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford, featuring talks, demonstrations and interactive hubs where students can meet and engage with inspiring women working in a variety of STEM roles.

Students will also hear from female leaders in Dell, PepsiCo, Google, Vodafone, Twitter and young female entrepreneurs about tech and science careers for women, as well as young women with careers in traditionally male-dominated areas such as engineering and maths.

For further information or to donate to Ringly visit

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