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Here and Now (update)

TF is one of the 14 NI Companies to be featured in the ‘Hear and Now’ Showcase (See Press Release below for further details) at the The Innovation Centre, NI Science Park, Queens Island, Belfast.

TF were present at today’s launch in the Titanic Pump-House and delighted to meet HRH Prince Andrew and Dame Mary Peter.


Press Release

The Here and Now: Innovation in Northern Ireland
A showcase of how we earn our global living from innovation

‘The Here And Now: Innovation in Northern Ireland’ is an image-based showcase of some of the technological genius that’s happening at this very moment throughout the region.

It proves that when we in Northern Ireland put our minds to it, we can compete with international innovators by accessing a rich tradition of creative curiosity and inventive spirit that lives on to this day.

The Here And Now is a celebration of that genius, as well as a demonstration of how our world class talent is creating wealth and profit on a global scale.

The showcase will be based in the Titanic Pump-House on the Science Park campus, but will have an important digital dimension and travel easily to create widespread awareness of NI’s new industrial vitality. It will raise the profile of key innovations and highlight the progress local companies are making right here and right now in turning research into world-class commercial products and services.

The concept for ‘The Here and Now’ grew from the success of the first Festival of Innovation, run by Northern Ireland Science Park as part of the Annual 25K Awards in September 2012, and to mark the first meeting of the Royal and Irish Academies of Engineering under Presidents Sir John Parker GBE and Anthony Barry.

The Festival concluded with an Exhibition of Innovation by some 25 leading local companies in the medical devices, financial software and advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors. Each showcased their innovative and world-class services and products.

It gave visiting Fellows, academics, government officials and, most importantly of all, students and teachers from NI schools and colleges, an opportunity to see the range of exciting technological developments which are happening in NI.

The Festival of Innovation will become a regular event every September, but the Northern Ireland Science Park Trust recognised the need for an accessible, stand alone and permanent showcase.

“Today is the beginning of our journey, the genesis of an idea,” said Joanne Stuart of NISP Trust. “We want The Here And Now to become part of everybody’s journey, and we are asking for innovative ideas or stories that will make it an engaging and compelling collection of everything that is truly brilliant about the science and technology being developed right here, right now.”
Phase 2 of the project is to develop the digital dimension along with an Education programme for all schools and colleges in NI and to use the showcase to support careers and science education.

Participating Companies

o   Bombardier
o   Andor
o   Seagate
o   HeartSine Technologies
o   Creative Composites
o   Wrightbus
o   Tactility Factory
o   Goprezzo
o   Catagen
o   Citi
o   Kainos
o   Warner Chilcott
o   Pure Marine
o   Schrader Electronics

More at www.thehereandnowni.com.

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