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Design Science *SOLD OUT*

  • The Thinking Cup Cafe & The Book Reserve 407 Lisburn Road Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 7HN United Kingdom (map)



Design Science explores the innovative projects happening in each area and the exciting potential projects that can arise from combining the two. We celebrate the multidisciplinary, collaboration and the crossover of ideas in this talk and panel Q & A. Our speakers - some startup and some established - will cover everything from products for natural disasters, designing a perfume, an app for lucid dreaming and designing products to help improve the lives of those with disabilities.

Eve McClelland from EmBed

"From the moment I stepped into University in September I was determined to throw myself into every business opportunity that would come my way. As an entrepreneur I strongly believe that my business ideas are not restricted to just being a crazy dream or something to be put off until after education. During school I was involved in the following numerous design and business competitions; Sentinus Young Innovators Winner, BT Science Fair, Big Bang UK National Runner Up, CREST Creativity Award, Young Enterprise Managing Director, IET Young Female Engineer Runner Up, and being a finalist in the Student Category of Invent15. In September 2014, I began to design and develop my product Em-Bed which quickly I began to develop into a potential start up business. I was driven to ensure that my business idea would not be forgotten as I moved into further education. 

My business idea is developed from my product Em-Bed (emergency bed). It's made entirely of cardboard, inside packed with canned food and health supplies that can be shipped out to victims of natural disasters. The bed opens out to provide a bed firstly, but also access to compartments and storage where I can ship food and emergency supplies such as a mosquito net. The vision of Em-Bed is to be a refuge unfolding relief, aid and hope in natural disaster and a product that reduces the costs of our customers, NGOs and charities.As a second year of International Business with Spanish at Queen’s University Belfast, I am learning the theories and knowledge behind business every day, however the skills and hand on experiences outside the classroom are what set an entrepreneur apart in today's society." - Eve

Patrick McNicholl from ELIXSR

Patrick McNicholl is one of the founders of Elixsr, a creative studio that focuses on crafting cutting edge Apps, Webapps, Websites and other emerging products too. They originally began by creating websites and graphics for clients but have moved onto developing apps that stand out for their design, creativity and reliability.

Recently, they released 2 apps for Android on the Google Play Store that have been very well received:

– Fwd: A network utility app
– Somnio: A cloud-based dream journal

And with several more products in the pipeline, they have only just begun!"

Fiona Bennington from LECKEY

Fiona has been at work in the design engineering industry for about 8 years, but has always been interested in using design thinking to improve lives. She started her career developing disaster relief and suicide prevention products, and is currently working as lead designer for Firefly who make fun, therapeutic products for kids with special needs. Along with a band of friends from her uni days she set up the Potting Shed, a team of designers, creatives, and engineers who offer services pro bono to companies who are using design to change lives, create jobs, or educate kids. Outside of the day job She also has also launched ‘Hug’ a warm, wearable heatpack designed for period pain relief, which is available on pharmacy shelves throughout the island of Ireland. Not just passionate about design, Fiona also loves yoga, swimming, studying mandarin, cooking (and eating) food.

Dr. Nimal Gunaratne from QUILL

Nimal received his B.Sc (Special degree in Chemistry), at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He joined QUILL, an institute dedicated to Ionic Liquid Research, 13 years ago as a Senior Research Fellow where plans and carries out research and supervises number of undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has vast experience in all forms of organic synthesis and his current interests include ‘Ionic liquids platforms for perfume delivery’.  He has published 84 peer-reviewed journal articles (with over 10000 citations) and 12 patents, including a paper in Nature. Our research has been highlighted in popular science magazines and journals such as Chemistry World, New Scientist and Chemical Engineering News and in other media (BBC radio and National newspapers).

Earlier Event: November 7
Fringe: 20 I 10
Later Event: November 8
Design Business Bootcamp *SOLD OUT*