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Belfast teen awarded £5,000 to launch dementia app idea

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/08/2016

From left: Sinead O’Sullivan, chief executive Fusion Space Technologies; David Hatton, Connect Young Founder 2016 winner; Holly Millar, Connect Young Founder programme manager, and Danny McConnell, technology consulting partner at Deloitte
From left: Sinead O’Sullivan, chief executive Fusion Space Technologies; David Hatton, Connect Young Founder 2016 winner; Holly Millar, Connect Young Founder programme manager, and Danny McConnell, technology consulting partner at Deloitte

Young entrepreneur in the making David Hatton has been named as winner of the Connect Young Founders for his idea to design a new app that will assist dementia suffers.

The east Belfast teenager won £5,000 from the organisation - which aims to inspire young people to join a community of innovators - to help turn his idea into a business.

David developed a product which aims to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer's and dementia patients, while also supporting their carers through what can be a very stressful experience.

His project, 'Hindsight', is a web-based platform that will use reminiscence therapy to stimulate a patient's memory and assist them with everyday tasks and personal interaction.

Five of Northern Ireland's most ambitious young entrepreneurs completed the Connect Young Founders Programme this summer. The course ended in an event that saw the young entrepreneurs pitch their ideas at Deloitte Digital's Belfast Technology Studio to a panel of judges.

The panel included Sinead O'Sullivan, a former student at South Regional College who is now chief executive of US firm Fusion Space Technologies, a company specialising in drone and satellite technology.

Belfast Telegraph

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