Publication Date: 15 September, 2014
The UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme is a one-day initiative designed and delivered by NovaUCD in collaboration with the UCD Earth Institute. It aims to encourage the development of commercial outputs arising from UCD Agri-Food research by engaging with University College Dublin researchers at an earlier stage in the commercialisation process.
The event took place on Friday the 5 September in the UCD Science Centre for Science. The winning business idea which emerged from the UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme was developed by Dr Conor Shanhan and Dr Patrick Jackman, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering and involves placing wireless sensors in chickens’ living spaces to record the environmental conditions. The other UCD researchers who took part on the UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme were; Professor Nick Holden, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering; Dr Angela Feechan, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and Dr Aoife O’Gorman, UCD Institute of Food and Health.
The members of the UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme judging panel were; Brendan Cremen, UCD Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation; Siobhan Wall, Associate Director Corporate Finance, Goodbody Stockbrokers and Dr Edward McDonnell, Director, The Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR).
Dr Conor Shanhan and Dr Patrick Jackman, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering, winners of the UCD Agri-Food Sprint Programme, with Siobhan Wall, Associate Director Corporate Finance, Goodbody Stockbrokers, a member of the judging panel .