‘CONNECT INVENT’ 2014

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupil Gareth Reid, Form Five, who has been selected as one of twelve finalists in the Northern Ireland Science Park’s prestigious ‘CONNECT INVENT’ 2014 competition following the development of his innovative ‘Write to Read’ project.

Gareth was one of twenty-four inventors shortlisted to participate in the dynamic “QuickPitch” event, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, at W5 on the evening of Tuesday 27th May, where each of the participants were invited to pitch to an audience of over 200 guests and judges, including Andy Hopper, the prominent Professor of Computer Technology and Head of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, and Tom Eakin, founder of international medical company T.G. Eakin.

With only three minutes in the spotlight and despite fierce competition from the other entrants, Gareth secured selection as one of the competition’s ‘Top 12’, each of whom will now embark on a unique and invaluable six month programme which will see their ideas challenged and refined in order to turn their invention into a successful commercial proposition.

Gareth’s company, “Write to Read”, has developed a new application hosting a specially designed font to improve the comprehension and retention of words that a person with dyslexia reads. The app. allows users to take a photo of text, which they otherwise would struggle to read, and converts it into the special font, displaying it on screen on a cream background.

The competition’s top 12 will pitch their final business plans to a panel of experts in September and the category winners and overall winner will be announced at a Gala Awards showcase in front of 600 people at the iconic Titanic Belfast on 2nd October 2014.

The winners in all six of the competition’s categories will win a slice of a £33,000 prize fund and take part in Northern Ireland's most exciting tech mission this year - a week long visit to San Diego and San Francisco, home to many of the world's top business clusters in biotechnology, wireless communications, biofuels and sports technology.

All at Grosvenor wish Gareth the best of luck with the development of his ‘Write to Read’ application and will follow his fortunes closely as he builds towards delivering his final pitch in September – with a bit of luck the School will have cause to celebrate the latest in a plethora of Technology and Design-related achievements over recent years.

Grosvenor pupil Gareth Reid displays his 'Write to Read' project, which has helped him secure a place as one of the final twelve contestants in this year's 'CONNECT INVENT' competition