The 2015 BEST (Ballinasloe Entrepreneurial Skills Tournament) Awards ceremony, where the town’s best and brightest young people was held on Tuesday 31st March in Shearwater Hotel. In a marvellous display of entrepreneurial spirit, seven winners were chosen out of 14 finalists, who had already beaten 85 entrants to this year’s competition , The 14 projects were displayed on the night by the students and showed a remarkable high level of creativity and ingenuity from Ballinasloe’s young people. Sponsored by the Ballinasloe Credit Union and organised by the B.A.C.D the competition again this year was deemed a huge success. The prizes awarded on the nights as follows: Overall Winner (€1,000) Katie O'Sullivan - Holy Rosary College Mountbellew Snap&See -3D Lenses Katie developed a clip on 3D lenses similar to clip on sunglasses for use by people who wear glasses. Her idea allows glass wearers use a clip on 3D lens as opposed to trying to fit 3d glasses overt their own glasses. Runner Up (€500) Sally Parsons Ard Schoil Mhiure Dream Clean Duvet Sally developed duvets comprised of individual detachable/re-attachable segments that can be separated and cleaned in domestic washing machines. Prize Winner (€150) Leo White & Tony Finn - Garbally College Lidacan Leo & Tony developed an aluminium can lid for use on drinking cans to stop them spilling over. Prize Winner (€150) Joshua Naughton & Cathal Whyte - Garbally College Hurling Helmet Visor These students recognised the problem of glare for hurlers when playing into the sun. They came up with a neat solution of attaching a visor to the existing helmet. Prize Winner (€150) Hilary Bleahan - Ard Schoil Mhiure Cattle Trailer Harness Hiliary’s business idea was a harness for cattle that is attached to the roof of a trailer, which will prevent cattle falling over in transit. Prize Winner (€150) Rowan Harley -Garbally College Foodnow phone App Rowan developed a take away phone app which has menu's from local food establishments allowing you to order by phone. Prize Winner (€150) Lonan Broderick, Cathal Riddel, Fintan Parsons - Garbally College The Cert An Educational App with games based on Leaving or Junior Cert curriculum.
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