Computing students’ project wins innovation prize

Four final year Computer Science students have won a cash prize for a project which the Kent Innovation and Enterprise team (KIE) judged to the be most attractive investment and development opportunity.

The prize of £200 was awarded to a group that developed Medominder, a system for monitoring medication use remotely, at the final year undergraduates’ project fair on Friday 15 March. The Medominder team aimed to make medication a worry free experience and designed and developed a product that tracks, reminds and alerts an individual, and their family, when medication has been taken via a custom build dosette box.

The Medominder team consists of Paul Wozniak, Ashley Osborne, Hoshang Sadiq and Dale French. Paul said: “As Computer Science students, a lot of the time we write code that is not tangible. This is something we can see and it can make a difference to peoples’ lives. The prize reflects the effort we have put in over two terms and it is good to have that acknowledged. We would like to see Medominder being taken further and developed commercially. It could even work for bigger organisations such as the NHS and pharmaceuticals.”

Miguel Alcalde from KIE presented the prize to the group. He said: “It was a tough competition and many of the student projects are worth developing. Medominder tackles a specific need in the market and the group has worked with various technologies to fulfill that need. The project also aligns very well with KIE’s focus on the healthcare sector and the University’s expertise in telehealth and medical electronics.”

The Medominder team has recently gone through to the final round of the BIG Ideas competition organised by Kent’s Enterprise Hub. The winners will represent the University of Kent in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA at the VT KnowledgeWorks ‘Global Student Business Concept Challenge’ in August.