NISP CONECT’s ‘Invent 2014’ Awards

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupil Gareth Reid who was recently victorious at the finals of the Northern Ireland Science Park CONNECT’s ‘Invent 2014’ Awards, held at Titanic Belfast at the beginning of October.

The event saw Lower Sixth pupil Gareth, through his ‘Write To Read’ mobile app design, attain the ‘Best Elevator Pitch’ and ‘Most Outstanding Achievement’ awards at the finals of the competition, which played host to over six hundred esteemed representatives from business on the night. Gareth’s achievement is made all the more remarkable by the fact that he prevailed against over one hundred other initial entrants, of all ages, from across the province.

Gareth’s app was designed when he realized that those with dyslexia are more comfortable reading texts in fonts such as Comic Sans, and thus developed his own font in order to make text more readable, along with an educational app that allows users to photograph text and have it converted into ‘Write to Read’s’ bespoke font.

Gareth now wants to develop his prototype app with commercial software before releasing it onto the app store, but is already attracting investor interest and has picked up an array of awards, culminating in his ‘Invent 2014’ success.

Well done to Gareth, along with the School’s Head of Technology and Design Mr Sammy Taggart - who has directed and advised Gareth throughout the process - on the development and success of his innovative design. Without a doubt Gareth has the brightest of futures to look forward to and all at Grosvenor wish him the best of luck as he sets about finalising and then releasing ‘Write to Read’ commercially over the coming months.

Grosvenor pupil Gareth Reid, pictured alongside Mr McLoughlin, who who was recently successful in the 'Best Elevator Pitch' and 'Most Outstanding Achievement' categories at the Northern Ireland Science Park CONNECT's 'Invent 2014' awards earlier in the month