Ballybofey student’s ‘Technology’ success

A 24-year-old Ballybofey student, Aine Conaghan, studying at the Sligo Institute of Technology is among a team that have scooped a prestiguous international competition.

A 24-year-old Ballybofey student, Aine Conaghan, studying at the Sligo Institute of Technology is among a team that have scooped a prestiguous international competition.

The team of four came up with a device that alerts parents if their children are driving dangerously has won a prestigious international award.

The safety tool, which plugs into a car and monitors how the vehicle if being driven, can communicate information back to the owner via text and email messages.

The Imagine Cup is an international competition sponsored by Microsoft and is aimed at aimed at young technologists bidding to resolve some of the world’s toughest challenges.

The team now share the $20,000 prize at the Lincoln Centre in New York, beating off stiff competition from more than 400 students from 70 countries.

The device, known as Hermes, will now be developed with the backing of Microsoft.

It means car-owners can stay at home or at work and get information on where their cars are and how it is being driven no matter who is behind the wheel.

Ms Conaghan said: “We can’t believe what we’ve just achieved. The focus in Hermes is on education.”