Plotbox wins NISP INVENT award

Invent 2014 winners
Pictured: Sean and Leona McAllister of Plotbox with Julie-Ann O'Hare, from Bank of Ireland UK Invent 2014

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3 October 2014 | 0

A Northern Irish start-up focusing on the death industry has been named as the region’s most promising tech innovation at the Northern Ireland Science Park’s INVENT 2014 awards in Belfast last night.

Plotbox, run by husband and wife Sean and Leona McAllister team from Co Antrim, has been likened to Google Maps for cemeteries.

Plotbox provides interactive maps using geolocation to assign information to individual burial plots such as family names, appointments and even financial transactions.

The team developed a service that took disparate sources of information from paper files to photos and Excel spreadsheets and combined them in a cloud-based service.

NISP Connect Director at the Northern Ireland Science Park Steve Orr said: “The tech scene is truly vibrant in Northern Ireland.  We had almost 100 entries for this innovation competition this year – the hunger for innovation in the region is rife.

“Pure and simple, Plotbox is a great idea: it takes a modern day problem-solving approach to a very traditional industry in which there is a general lack of tech savvy.  Over the course of our mentoring with them, they have demonstrated that they not only understand this niche market, they have successfully sold their service to a number of customers already and there is clearly a demand for this innovation. They have a great team and they are hungry for success.”

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