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Shimmer Wins the Irish Times Innovation Award for IT and Telecommunications
Shimmer was the delighted recipient of the 2014 Irish Times Innovation Award for IT and Telecommunications. The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards showcase and reward excellence in innovation across a range of groundbreaking products and services.
The awards ceremony was hosted this April in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin and attended by more than 200 invited guests. This is the fifth year of the awards, which attracted 322 registrations this year, from which 18 entries were shortlisted for the final round of judging, with IT and Telecommunications said to be one of the most competitive categories.
Award Presentation: Dr. Chris Horn, Judging Chair; Paul Doherty, VP Sales - Shimmer; William Lyons, CMO - Shimmer; Mr. Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister
Recognition of Excellence in Innovation
Speaking about the selection of the Innovation Award winners Dr. Chris Horn, Entrepreneur and CEO of IONA Technologies said it ‘certainly was a challenge … We were keen to establish that each entry already has satisfied customers, rather than just being a prototype with as yet unproven market prospects. We also wanted to establish the sustainability of each innovation: if a new offering does not have a viable business model, and a clearly articulated competitive positioning, then we deemed it a weak submission.’
Dr. Horn went on to note that an innovation being defensible, and whether it was a world-first were also important considerations when selecting the 2014 Innovation Awards Winners.
William Lyons, CMO at Shimmer said ‘receiving the award is a great recognition of Shimmer’s commitment to driving innovation in wearable sensing technologies and systems. As a company, we have an open approach to innovation, enabling users of the Shimmer platform to bring wearable sensing solutions to market’.
Awards Event – Live in 3D
Watching in 3D: From the Shimmer Team - Aron Morris, Paul Doherty, and Niamh O'Mahony
The event itself was being broadcast in live 3D, a first in Ireland. This joint experiment was made possible by Dr Gary Baugh from Trinity College’s Sigmedia Research Group and Colin Norris of production company Media Coop. “We have made it possible to see the presenter Matt Cooper on stage in 3D as well as all the 3D content being presented on screen,” explains Dr Baugh. “It’s similar to the cinema experience but in that case its pre recorded. This is the first time live 3D has been attempted.”