Pharmalytics wins first Hardware Hackathon at DCU
15 September 2014 | 0
A fridge that monitors the temperature of medication was awarded first prize at the first Hardware Hackathon held in DCU over the weekend.
The Pharmalytics team invented and prototyped the device over the course of 46 hours in competition against hardware enthusiasts as well as multiple prototyping equipment providers come together over the weekend to collaborate from concept stage to final product and ultimately led to the development of a range of innovative hardware solutions.
Each project then went before a panel of judges comprised of representatives from DCU, PCH, AIB, Cisco, Tyndall Institute, Design Partners and Frontline Ventures.
Pharmalytics’ winning device uses sensors to gather information and send out alerts to pharmacies ensuring medicines are kept at correct temperatures. The team was awarded a €1,500 fund for the continuing development of the product and a ‘start your own business’ course, sponsored by Dublin City Local Enterprise Board. In addition, the team will receive a number of electronic engineering consultations with PCH’s in-house team and equipment to bring the product to market.
Second prize of €1,000 and a Start Your Own Business course went awarded to Homebox who created a smart package delivery box that allows delivery companies to securely deliver a package when nobody is at home.
Third prize of €500 was awarded to Eco-pulse who developed a product for monitoring water quality in residential areas not connected to main water sources.
Among the other prototypes developed at the weekend were an intelligent visor system, a room temperature optimisation system, a sensored safety helmet, and wearable devices for livestock.
Liam Casey, CEO and founder of PCH said: “We were genuinely amazed and excited by the level of creativity, passion and drive we saw from participants over the weekend. From experienced tech enthusiasts to emerging talent, we watched as innovative ideas became a reality. Well done to all the participants and particularly to the winning team, Pharmalytics. It’s clear evidence of the fantastic potential that lies in the Irish IoT, hardware and ‘maker’ community generally.”