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Smarter Planet Competiton Winner Announced April 14, 2010

Posted by Kristina O'Regan in Uncategorized.

11-year old gives her idea on how to make things better

Aoibhínn Mooney, an 11-year-old student from Our Lady of Mercy’s National School in Booterstown, Dublin, has been announced as the winner of IBM Ireland’s “My Idea for a Smarter Planet” competition.  She was awarded with a Lenovo laptop and a trip for her class to the Innovation Centre in Dublin.

The competion, launched at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in January of this year, was aimed at primary and secondary school students.  Entrants were asked to suggest a way to improve their environment by using existing and future technologies.  Ideas could be submitted at the IBM stand during the BT Young Scientist Exhibition or via the IBM Ireland website.
Changing the way we use electricity

Aoibhínn’s winning idea is based around avoiding the use of non-essential domestic applicances like the tumble dryer, TV, washing machine and dishwasher during peak demand hours.   A control panel in the home can be programmed to help control usage of these appliances and encourage householders to restrict as much of their power consumption as possible to off-peak hours.  Using less electricity during peak hours would allow the householder to collect points which can be cashed in for free electricity at a later date.  “This would motivate people to do it especially since we are in a recession. This would be great for them and for the planet.” says Aoibhínn.



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