'INVENT' Awards 2016

Congratulations to former Grosvenor pupil Eve McLelland who was recently shortlisted as a finalist in the Engineering category at the prestigious, province-wide ‘INVENT’ Awards 2016, held at the Waterfront Hall at the end of September.

Eve’s entry for the entrepreneurial award, entitled ‘Em-Bed’, is a cardboard bed which doubles as a shipping container that can be packed with the types of goods that are desperately needed during disasters – fresh toiletries, food and basic medical supplies. The aim of the project is to help those in dire need during natural disasters, or refugees who’ve arrived exhausted in camps, by providing beds made from cardboard.

The Em-Bed prototype, which was also featured recently on the BBC television programme ‘Made in Northern Ireland’, was built with the help of ‘Frederick Jones’, a cardboard packaging company in Belfast, and has already helped Eve to joint-first place in a Dragons’ Den-style competition run by the Queen’s University Students’ Union Enterprise Department.

Eve, currently in her second year as an undergraduate at Q.U.B., was inspired to begin work on this initiative during her A Level studies at GGS, when the Nepal earthquake struck. As she explains: “My first thought was that, during a disaster, people need non-perishable, canned food … but there are many charities that already have their own food distribution systems that are well-established. This leaves disaster victims in desperate need of other goods, such as toiletries or clean underwear.”

As well as promising to be a commercial success, Eve’s Em-Bed design also aims to make a social impact: from each unit sold, £3 will be donated to homeless charities. At present Eve is aiming to raise the £15000 required to launch the product and is in the process of setting up meetings with NGOs and charities. 

Eve, who left Grosvenor in June 2015, enjoyed a number of Technology and Design-related successes during her time at the school, under the tutelage of Mr Taggart and Mrs Black: in 2014, for instance, she achieved the runners-up position in the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology’s ‘IngeNIous Female Student’ competition, while she also achieved victory in two separate categories at the 2012 UK-wide ‘Big Bang’ Young Scientist and Engineers Fair.

Well done to Eve on her latest impressive achievement and we hope that her Em-Bed design continues to go from strength-to-strength over the coming months.

Former Grosvenor pupil Eve McLelland, who was recently selected as a finalist in the prestigious 'INVENT' Awards 2016, with her groundbreaking 'Em-Bed' design.

Eve pitches her 'Em-Bed' project during the semi-final stage of this year's 'INVENT' Awards.