Rachael Ryan in James Dyson award hunt

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A Drogheda grad­u­ate has qual­i­fied for the in­ter­na­tional stage of the pres­ti­gious James Dyson Award for 2018.

Rachael Ryan has just grad­u­ated from Dublin In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy with a de­gree in prod­uct de­sign and her team’s pro­ject Tide has been cho­sen to rep­re­sent Ire­land for the in­ter­na­tional phase of the pres­ti­gious James Dyson Award 2018.

The pro­ject is one of just three Ir­ish prod­uct in­ven­tions to progress to the in­ter­na­tional stages of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Rachael’s team mem­bers in­clude Olivia Hol­brook, Jane Devine & Jack Grif­fin. Their in­spi­ra­tion for the pro­ject came from the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of refugees world­wide and the im­pli­ca­tions of dis­place­ment on their ba­sic daily needs. Through ini­tial research, it be­came ob­vi­ous that the men­strual needs of women and girls were be­ing ig­nored – they had no way of ac­quir­ing san­i­tary prod­ucts. Most fe­males will have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing caught with­out san­i­tary pro­tec­tion on a rare oc­ca­sion which is highly dis­tress­ing. Con­sid­er­ing that displaced girls ex­pe­ri­ence this every day of their pe­riod every sin­gle month is hor­ri­fy­ing.

Tide will com­pete with stu­dents from 27 other coun­tries to win the over­all James Dyson award and the grand prize of €33,500. Dyson en­gi­neers will an­nounce the top 20 in­ter­na­tional finalists on the 18th Oc­to­ber and the over­all global win­ner will be se­lected by James Dyson him­self and an­nounced on the 15 th Novem­ber 2018.

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