O2 joins Smarter Senses Programme

Pictured: Jack Clarke from Carragaline (front) with Fintan Ryan, Telefonica O2, and Denis Collins, chairman, European Tech Cluster, it@cork

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15 January 2014 | 0

O2 Ireland has become the latest company to join the it@Cork European Tech Cluster’s Smarter Senses Project, an initiative designed to assist the academic and social development of children with autism.

The telco is the latest European Tech Cluster member company to support the Smarter Senses Programme, following KPMG, Asystec and Claran Consultants in donating iPads to the cause. The total commitment from the companies supporting the Smarter Senses Project now exceeds €50,000 in equipment and support over a two-year period.

The Smarter Senses Programme commenced in 2011 and is supported by IBM, BNY Mellon, Laya Healthcare and David O’Reilly Technology Law.

The project has so far delivered a purpose built and custom designed sensory garden, kidsmart computer units and iPads, and ongoing financial and technical support.

The next phase of the programme will see the development of mobile applications and software by Cluster companies with input from the Shine Centre, an organisation providing ongoing support for children with autism and their families.

The first such application that will target the area of social skills is currently in development and is due to be launched later in 2014.

Denis Collins, chairman, European Tech Cluster, it@cork said: “Our Cluster vision of integrating industry, government, public sector and academia for commercial, social and academic results continues to accelerate. The Smarter Senses project is an example of what we can accomplish with the right collaboration and execution – in this case, making a difference for children and adolescents with autism with Shine Ireland, where it is truly needed.”

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