Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLEMAN

A THIRD level stu­dent from west Wick­low is cur­rently in Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pet­ing in the En­ac­tus World Cup.

Kate Dowl­ing from Balt­in­glass is part of the En­ac­tus Dublin City Uni­ver­sity team which were re­cently named Ir­ish cham­pi­ons. This week, they are com­pet­ing against teams from 35 coun­tries all over the world at the world cup, which fin­ishes to­mor­row, Oc­to­ber 11.

The projects that the DCU team are bring­ing to the En­ac­tus World Cup in­clude Threads, a project that em­pow­ers peo­ple seek­ing asy­lum in Ire­land through the up­cy­cling of un­wanted jeans to cre­ate cus­tomised denim cloth­ing; GiveBack. ie, a chrome ex­ten­sion that di­rects a por­tion of the money spent in on­line re­tail­ers to­wards tack­ling home­less­ness; and Sec­ond Scoop, a project that pro­vides work ex­pe­ri­ence, train­ing and men­tor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to peo­ple seek­ing asy­lum in Ire­land though a mo­bile, pop-up ice cream ven­dor tar­get­ing cor­po­rate, so­cial and ed­u­ca­tional events.

Liam Red­mond, Coun­try Man­ager for En­ac­tus Ire­land said: ‘It is in­spir­ing to wit­ness the com­mit­ment En­ac­tus DCU has brought to their projects this year.

‘Through En­ac­tus, we aim to em­power stu­dents and ser­vice users alike through en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tion and En­ac­tus DCU has con­sis­tently un­der­stood this and brought it to ev­ery el­e­ment of their projects. Sil­i­con Val­ley is the home of in­no­va­tion and where bet­ter to show­case and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments than the world stage,’ he said.

Kate Dowl­ing from Balt­in­glass (third from right) with fel­low DCU stu­dents Ciaran Kelly, Robert Kelly, Ash­ling McGovern, Conor Greene and Josh Clin­ton at the En­ac­tus Team Ire­land launch.

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