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Converge Challenge winners announced

The First Minister presented the first place Converge Challenge 2017 prize to Dave Hughes of University of the West of Scotland

2 Oct 2017

The First Minister presented the first place Converge Challenge 2017 prize, valued at £78,000, to Dave Hughes of the University of the West of Scotland for his project novosound, technology that allows expectant parents to see their unborn child with the image quality of MRI.  

The second place prize was awarded to Dr Holly Butler of University of Strathclyde for ClinSpec Dx, a simple blood test that can detect brain tumours allowing rapid diagnosis.

The other prize winners were:

Design and Creativity – Corien Staels from the University of Glasgow of Staels Design for WheelAir, a battery powered airflow wheelchair backrest cushion.

KickStart– Juan Pablo Echenique from the University of Edinburgh with Power Enable Solutions, an algorithm that enables the maximisation of performance for wind turbines.

Digital Entrepreneur – Fiona Denison from the University of Edinburgh for Birth Mirror, an easily adjustable, submersible and illuminated mirror to assist midwives and new mums to view the birthing process.

Social Enterprise – Lorna Paul from Glasgow Caledonian University for Web-Based Physiotherapy, an online platform for the remote delivery of personalised physiotherapy exercise programmes.

Entrepreneurial Spirit – Garry Boyle of Heriot-Watt University with HeadSpace Design, a project providing sensory gardens for adults with dementia living in residential care.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Well done to all of the winners and finalists of this year’s Converge Challenge. Awards like Converge are a fantastic way of developing the talents of Scotland’s many young entrepreneurs and innovators.  But they’re also an opportunity to showcase one of Scotland’s great traditional strengths – generating new ideas, products and technologies, supported by our world-class educational institutions.”