Finalist in this years ITLG “Silicon Valley Comes To Ireland”

Votechnik - Finalist in this years ITLG “Silicon Valley Comes To Ireland” – University of Limerick News Center


UL spin-out company Votechnik, headed up by Dr Lisa O’Donoghue, was one of three finalists in this year’s ITLG “Silicon Valley Comes To Ireland” University Challenge Event. This event sponsored by Cisco & Invent DCU.

Votechnik is developing recycling equipment for LCD displays in worldwide markets. Currently no device exists in the market to address the recycling of millions of LCD screens. This system allows LCD monitors to be safely disposed of by turning them into valuable waste streams, providing a sustainable and eco-friendly solution. The underpinning technology evolved from research led by Dr Lisa O’Donoghue and UL’s Materials and Automation Research Group, Department of Design and Manufacturing Technology. This research was funded by the EPA (€350,000), who recognising the lack of recycling technology for LCD’s as a significant environmental risk facing Ireland and Europe. The technology was patented by the University’s Technology Transfer Office and licensed to Votechnik. Inventors of the licensed technology include Dr Lisa O’Donoghue,  Dr. Huw Lewis, Dr. Alan Ryan, of the Department of Design and Manufacturing and John Mulcahy, Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI).

The Irish Technology Leadership Group hosted their 4th Annual “Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland” University Challenge event at DCU. Last year this event was hosted at The University of Limerick in partnership with NUI Galway. The final of the University Challenge took place on the 5th October. Each finalist was given the opportunity to raise their profile by pitching their idea to a panel of senior and well respected international technologists and investors in a public forum which included industry, academic and media invitees.

University of Limerick’s Vice President Research, Dr Mary Shire welcomed Votechnik’s nomination; “Votechnik is a very exciting company whose technology addresses a global environmental issue. This company is an excellent example of UL’s high quality graduates and researchers generating value through spin-outs and invention. UL’s success can be measured in its contribution to the economy through the campus companies who attract investment funding for our region and employ graduates locally.”

Dr. O’Donoghue is a Ph.D. Scientist who has recently received the Young Entrepreneur of Year Award (2010),  Molex-Kriebel Award for Innovation in Global Business and Technology (2010) and the JCI Outstanding Young Person of the Year Award in Science and Technology  in Ireland (June 2011). Dr. O’Donoghue holds a first class honours degree in Materials Engineering and a doctorate in High Temperature Technology in Industrial and Aero Gas Turbines.