DAA Hackathon at Tangent

On February 21st, Tangent was proud to host an exciting opportunity for Trinity students to work with DAA Future Factory on a one-day hackathon for amazing travel prizes. Three different challenges were set, with teams combining their knowledge to tackle mobility, passenger experience & e-commerce challenges for Dublin Airport. 
At the end of the day after careful deliberation by the judges, “Agents of DAA” were declared the overall winner, while Shreya and Sophie from Trinity were awarded the best overall participation.  
   The 2020 E-Labs challenge: "Bridging the Information Gap - Tackling Opiod Mis-use and Addiction

With big Pharma hooked on profit and doctors at breaking point, consumers/patients are self-diagnosing more frequently and usually via Google. They are relying less on traditional medical advice, leading to major distortions in diagnoses, made worse by the increasing availability of synthetic opioids. The 2020 e-labs programme will challenge course participants to apply new, creative and entrepreneurial insights in order to arrive at commercial solutions to help resolve this real-life correlation between misdiagnosis, misinformation and newer, more potent forms of opioid addiction. 
This E-Labs programme will comprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship teaching delivered on a part-time basis and available to undergraduate/master/PhD students as well as citizen and patient group activists. The programme will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the student population and the development of the core skills of innovation and enterprise. It will be practically oriented with a specific emphasis on project work and problem-based learning. Students will develop the soft skills essential to any entrepreneur or intrapreneur. 
The programme will commence in April. The dates for the second 6-week block with be confirmed in due course but we will commence in October 2020 and conclude, six weeks later, in November. We need 50 students from all academic levels, schools and courses to commit to the programme. We require 25 in Dublin and 25 in Groningen. To register an expression of interest, you simply need to email us with your name and contact details. In order to participate in this 12-week programme, to be run over the course of 2020 (i.e. 6 weeks in early 2020 and a further 6 week in late 2020), you will need to commit to the entire 12-week programme.
The programme will consist of 1 hour-long workshop per week with content delivered and streamed by contributors and industry partners between Dublin and Groningen. In between workshops, students will have access to mentors who will help them with the development of their ideas. At the end of the programme, participants will be invited to pitch to a panel of investors and industry experts. The winning solutions/teams (one from each country) will receive a non- cash prize to the value of €2,500 each. 
Find out more: 
At Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace, part of our mission is to build a community to inspire, support and educate Ireland and Europe's innovation and entrepreneurial community. On March 24th, Tangent will host U.S. Ambassador and serial entrepreneur Edward Crawford, for a private event, consisting of a lunch and keynote speech entitled “Resilience and Rejection”. 
Pitch for a Place on LaunchBox 2020
Trinity prides itself on its students’ innovation, enterprise, courage, and creativity, and LaunchBox at Tangent is a perfect example of this.  LaunchBox, Tangent's Student Accelerator, supported from Bank of Ireland, is a summer programme open to teams of Trinity students with an early-stage business or social venture.
One of the most awaited Tangent events of the year, Pitch for a Place on LaunchBox, took place on the 27th of February at the fully packed main space in Tangent. Sixteen teams pitched their revolutionary ideas to a panel of industry experts, which included Machaela O'Leary (Talent Garden Community Manager), Ken Finnegan (Chief Executive Officer at Tangent), Gene Murphy (Co-founder of Startup Boost Pre Accelerator), and Lizzy Hayashida (Co-founder of Change Donation).  
The teams competed for the ultimate prize of a place on LaunchBox 2020, which includes; up to €10,000 in funding, office space at Tangent, a structured programme of experts, with mentorship, access to alumni and investors; and the ideal collaborative environment to launch new startup ventures.
The event began with Alison Treacy, Student Entrepreneurship Programme Manager at Tangent, welcoming and introducing the judges and teams. Alison invited the teams on stage one by one to make their pitch and was then asked questions by the panel thereafter.

We are delighted to announce that 8 teams were accepted to be part of the programme:  
•    EVE is a platform aggregating available charging stations for electric vehicles.  
•    Neurorehab helps to take complicated data and making it accessible and useful for wheelchair users.
•    Aris Recycling helps to recycle cigarette butts into high-quality plastic materials 
•    Promotion is a new startup rewarding people for an eco-friendly lifestyle - connecting brands with cyclists.
•    Solar Flare helps to create natural gas using an artificial photosynthesis process.  
•    Divorshe helps to make divorce proceedings more transparent and accessible for women through their legal tech platform.  
•    Volyymi is a new design of urinaty catheters using a high tech filtration system - filter, measure, and inform
•    Frosted is a platform increasing the reach of Irish urban musicians by giving them access to media coverage and opportunities. 
Tangent Opening Hours

All students are welcome to use the Tangent main room for group meetings or independent study.  
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KeepAppy Introduce Keepies

Keep Appy, the winning startup from LaunchBox 2019 is a wellness app and social enterprise that empowers you to take control of your daily wellbeing. KeepAppy has reached over 75 countries and by early 2020 has had over 3700 active users on the platform. Subsequently, KeepAppy has launched an AR Gamification on February 20th, 2020, their B2B software in early March 2020, and a KeepAppy Version 1.0 will be released in early April 2020.  They have recently launched Keepies, augmented reality pets that help you manage your mental health. 
 Networking Event for Women Who Wow

2019/20 Mentors & Mentees

Tangent will host a networking event for Women Who Wow 2019/20 Mentors & Mentees Tuesday, 31 March from 6 pm.  Modelled closely on our matching event in November, this event is all about checking in with and getting to know other mentees and mentors on the programme.  Refreshments will be provided.  
To register for this event please click here...
  Trinity Entrepreneurial Society’s flagship event – Dragon’s Den

On Wednesday 19 February last, Trinity Entrepreneurial Society’s Dragon’s Den event took place.  Six student startups pitched their ideas to a panel of judges at the Dragons’ Den event battle it out on the night for the prize-fund of up to €10,000 and a place on LaunchBox 2020 (which also allocates an additional €10k)!  Congratulations to C-Flood and Doozy on placing first and second.  Tangent is a proud sponsor of the TES Dragon’s Den along with Bank of Ireland Elkstone.  

Tangent hosted the Provost’s Innovation Challenge, with the winning student team receiving €10K in funding and a place on LaunchBox.
Last term, the College community voted and, with a slim majority, selected ‘Over-Reliance on Plastics’ as the problem to be solved during this year’s 3-day Innovation Challenge.

Trinity has a long-standing commitment to social innovation, which is crucial to addressing some of the most pressing issues facing society today, and to prevent global crises of the future. The Provost’s Challenge offers Trinity students the chance to work in teams on creative solutions to the problems facing our society today.

Last year, the Challenge tackled the problem of homelessness, with one of the overall winners of LaunchBox 2019, Aquahomes, coming through the 2019 Provost’s Challenge.

We are delighted to announce that Rezero has won this year's Provost's Innovation Challenge and will now join LaunchBox 2020.  Rezero, a reusable aluminum takeaway food container helps to reduce the growing number of takeaway packages that are fulling global landfill sites.  
   Human Capital Initiative Workspace

In November 2019, the Government announced an allocation of €300m in funding under the Human Capital Initiative. This was launched at the Future of Work Summit hosted by Tangent, Trinity’s Ideas Workspace.

As a key senior industry connection of Trinity College Dublin, Tangent invited Trinity staff to attend a workshop.

This workshop provided staff with an opportunity to shape the future of how your industry and Trinity College Dublin can collaborate to match the needs of your sector with new ways of learning for the future of work.

Under the Human Capital Initiative, the key objectives of Pillar 3 are to:

• Increase provision in areas of identified skills need for enterprise

• Future proof graduates with industry-relevant skills for emerging technologies

• Ensure that there is a greater focus across the whole spectrum of higher education course provision on promoting and embedding transversal skills

• Incentivise continued reform and innovation in higher education provision building on best practices available nationally and internationally.

As part of Tangent engagement with the Human Capital Initiative, our first step is to reach out to staff, to learn how we, Trinity College Dublin, could engage with your sector to understand:

1. Key problems currently facing your industry that Trinity College Dublin could work with you to solve.

2. Core graduate skills and competencies you would like to see.

3. How your sector could benefit from sustained engagement and collaboration with Trinity College Dublin across all its schools.

This was a great opportunity for Trinity staff to input into the shape of the future of work and collaboration between your industry and Trinity College Dublin.
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-    Creative problem solving
-    Design thinking for research
-    The Entrepreneurial Academic
-    Creative collaboration around industry/societal challenges
-    Integrating innovation frameworks in teaching and learning
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