The new home of students of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at the Innovation Academy in UCD has been opened.
The Shackleton Lounge, in the O’Brien Centre for Science on the campus in Belfield, is named after Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton.
“2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Endurance expedition of Irish explorers Shackleton and Crean. The Shackleton Lounge is where great adventures begin for our students, staff and external partners and will be a focal point for inspiration and entrepreneurial activity,” says Prof Suzi Jarvis, founding director, Innovation Academy, UCD.
Over 500 students will participate in Innovation Academy programmes this year.
The opening of the Shackleton Lounge is being marked by the holding of a 30 hour 3D printer challenge. 40 teams are being challenged to build ‘from scratch’ a 3D printer and then design and print out their model of choice. The teams include professors, postgraduates and undergraduates from UCD, alongside members of Trinity College Dublin, National College of Art & Design, IADT, DIT and Dublin City University.
The event is open to the public on Saturday 1st February from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the O’Brien Centre for Science. Judging takes place Saturday, February 1, and the winner will be announced at 5pm.