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On Monday February 1st, Cork students achieved their ambition to Crowdfund some Wearable Tech. Through this process they have learnt about Crowdfunding for a business venture and next week they will see, first hand the cutting edge of Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things as a result of their efforts.

The enterprising students secured the funds to buy a Ringly. The Ringly is a jewellery-technology hybrid, which will be trialled and tested by the students at the event. The winner of the Build A Business Competition will keep the Ringly. The Build A Business competition, sponsored by AIB, is where students pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. The best pitch from each day will go head to head on Friday 12th February at the parents session. The winners will take home a Ringly, an iPad and much more, sponsored by AIB and Dell.

Transition year students, and I WISH ambassadors, Anna McKenna and Niamh O’Connell from Scoil Mhuire College in Cork have lead the crowdfunding campaign.

The aim was to raise a minimum of €200 in one month through €5 donations. They reached their target this week. Congratulations to Anna, Niamh and all the volunteers and donors who made this happen.

To enter the I Wish Build A Business competition, you can submit your entry here –


Cork Schoolgirls Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For Latest Wearable Technology As Part Of I Wish 2016

Cork, 7 January 2016: Innovative schoolgirls from Cork today launched a crowd funding campaign.

The crowdfunded Ringly will be donated as a Prize at the 2 Day I WISH Event Encouraging girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Transition year students, and I WISH ambassadors, Anna McKenna and Niamh O’Connell from Scoil Mhuire college in Cork are leading the crowdfunding campaign and aim to raise at least €200 in one month through €2 donations.

“We are so excited to launch this crowdfunding campaign as part of the I WISH event. A Ringly is an actual ring that you wear but it can vibrate, change colour and notify you when calls, texts and e-mails come through on your smartphone. It looks like jewellery but it’s really technology,” said Anna McKenna, transition year student and I WISH ambassador.

“I WISH is all about inspiring young girls and showing them what technology, among other things, can do. We want to learn about modern wearable technology first-hand, and this campaign will allow us to do just that. We hope to crowdfund enough money to purchase the Ringly, and then donate it as a prize,” she added.

I WISH is an award-winning partnership initiative between Cork Chamber, it@cork, and Cork City Council, supported by SFI, Dell, Cork County Council, UCC and CIT,. The initiative was co-founded in 2014 by three Cork businesswomen – Gillian Keating, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Caroline O’Driscoll, Partner KPMG and vice-chair IT@Cork and Ruth Buckley, Head of ICT & Business Services at Cork City Council.

The 2 day I WISH event will cater for 2000 young women from schools across Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford. The event includes talks, demonstrations and interactive hubs where students can meet and engage with inspiring women working in a variety of STEM roles. Students will also hear from female leaders in Dell, PepsiCo, Google, Vodafone, Twitter and young female entrepreneurs about tech and science careers for women, as well as young women with careers in traditionally male-dominated areas such as engineering and maths.

For further information or to donate €5 to help Anna and Niamh purchase a Ringly see


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