Encouraging the designers of the future at UID8


Carlow may be home to the designers of the future thanks to an innovative design camp that is being run this month between Institute of Technology Carlow and St. Mary’s CBS Secondary School.

UID8 is the name given to the design camp for TY students over four days this month and is supported by IT Carlow’s designCORE researchers, the Design+ technology gateway at the institute and the HEA.

First run in 2016, UID8 encourages students to recognise the importance of design in entrepreneurship. The initiative provides a focus on innovation to target the entrepreneurial, innovative, creative development of transition year students. UID8 camp activities include individual and group design challenges, prototyping, testing and presentations as well as guest speakers from IT Carlow.

The UID8 camp is facilitated by Martina Moyne, lecturer for Product Design Innovation, designCORE and Gemma Purcell, Business Development Engineer, Design+ Technology Gateway, IT Carlow. Speaking about the programme, Gemma said “the focus of this programme is to equip the students with a design process for innovating which they can then apply to their TY programmes and on into leaving certificate, third level, and other projects outside of education“.

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