Technical Innovation

Technical Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by NSAI

Introduction

The purpose of this award is to highlight innovative technological concepts developed and applied in Ireland that clearly demonstrate a real impact on society and an actual or future contribution to the economy.
 
This award will be presented to the organisation or engineer who has demonstrated excellence in the field of technology (product or service) and innovation in any area of business, healthcare, education or the arts.
 
Entries should measurably demonstrate success using the following criteria over a period of two years from 1 September 2015 to 11 September 2017.
 
This award category may especially appeal to research and development facilities, academic institutions, start-up businesses or global organisations with an Irish base.
Key criteria
 
Please detail how your project fits the key criteria (each criterion 250 words maximum).
 
Originality and ingenuity of the project
Your entry should demonstrate that it contains significant original engineering application or demonstrates ingenuity, innovation and creativity in achieving the best solution for the required specifications.
 
Adherence to the budget, quality and programme
Your entry should clearly demonstrate that it has met the budget parameters, quality requirements and time-lines relevant to the scope of the work in the specification.
 
Actual or potential contribution of the work to society and the economy
Your entry should clearly demonstrate the contribution to society and the local, regional, national or global economy.
 
Significance of the work as a benchmark of technology
Your entry should clearly demonstrate how new benchmarks have been set or current high standards continued, thereby raising the status and excellence of Irish innovation.
 
Please also include an executive summary of 200 words maximum to provide a succinctdescription of the entry and the principal elements of its claim for engineering excellence. This material is a key element in the judging process.
 
Fee
An entry fee of €250 applies to each entry submitted.
 
Terms and Conditions of entry
Please read the conditions of entry, eligibility criteria, entry submission and digital format information below:
 
Conditions of entry
  • Engineers Ireland reserves the right to publish in part or whole material contained in entries, apart from that clearly marked confidential;
  • Confidential material should be clearly marked and included only as appendices to entry submissions;
  • Entrants may be required to be available for award presentations and media interviews;
  • We cannot guarantee that submissions and supporting material will be returned so please upload copies of original documents;
  • Engineers Ireland is not responsible for any loss or damage to submissions;
  • Engineers Ireland reserves the right not to allocate an award should the quality of entries not reach a certain standard;
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into;
  • Information about award winners will be strictly embargoed until the announcement at the presentation evening;
  • The judging panel will determine the shortlist of entries once all entries are received.
  • Only one trophy will be presented to each winning entry.
 
Eligibility
Entries should measurably demonstrate their success over a period of two years from 1 September 2015 to 11 September 2017. The award category is only open to organisations which operate on the island of Ireland.
 
Entry submission
  • Please complete your submission online by 12 noon on Monday 11 September 2017, detailing how your project fits the four key criteria outlined above. We cannot guarantee that submissions and supporting material will be returned so please upload copies of original documentation.
  • All entry material should be carefully marked with the category, project title and name of the organisation.
  • The submission may include drawings, pictures, photographs and other methods of illustration in either hard or softcopy. If you have video footage of your project available, we would also encourage you to submit this.
  • You should also submit six different colour photographs of professional presentation quality in jpg or tiff format – at least 1MB in size. The photographs may be used in the programme at the awards dinner if you are successful in being shortlisted.
 
Shortlist
Our judges are currently reviewing each entry in this category and we will announce the shortlist on Thursday, 5th October 2017.
 
Best of luck to each organisation in this category!