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Top tech entrepreneurs vie for share of £33k prize at Northern Ireland Science Park's annual competition

By Staff Reporter

A dozen tech innovators have secured their places in the finals of Invent 2016, the Northern Ireland Science Park's annual competition

The annual competition provides a showcase for the rapidly growing knowledge economy. Entrants include inventors, scientists and start-ups.

The winners will receive a share of the £33,000 prize fund and a place on the NI Tech Mission to California.

Among the finalists is Queen's student Eve McClelland, who developed Em-bed, an emergency bed made of cardboard, after the Nepal earthquake.

Former BMX champion Philip McIntosh from Downpatrick has invented JumPack, a lightweight, wearable launch ramp for bikers and skateboarders.

Locate a Locum is an online platform connecting pharmacists with employers across the UK, designed by Jonathon Clarke and Michael Budden.

The agri-science category includes Oran Oak, an enclosed sheep dipping unit designed by Aidan, Mark and Patrick Kelly from Omagh, and Purple Magic which is a coloured potato variety by Paul Watts from Lurgan.

Take Ten Technology is an app produced by Belfast pharmacist Fintan Connolly to help people manage stress, while software specialist Paul Moorhead from Belfast has developed Kraydel, a device to signal behaviour changes in elderly people in their own home.

A Queen's University team has come up with PayOx, which allows drivers to pay for petrol with their car registration plate.

Point Energy is an energy and health monitoring system for polymer processing, developed by electrical engineer Joe Devlin, while Leeann Monk has launched Elemental, cloud-based health software. The Shield is a security control panel whose inventor is software engineer Paul Goodchild from Belfast. E+press is an app which provides a non-verbal method of contacting emergency services, developed by father and daughter team, Becca and Les Hume. The Invent final is held later this year.

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