Bray pupil excels at Student Enterprise Awards

Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Pictured is Joshua Dargan Hayes from St. Gerard’s School in Bray, with Sheelagh Daly, County and City Enterprise Boardsahead of the Student Enterprise Awards National Finals, organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards, which are taking place at Croke Park on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014.

Supported by Wicklow County Enterprise Board, Joshua has set up ‘Connect Shade’, a portable sunshade that uses solar energy to charge mobile devices when you’re away from a conventional power source. ‘Connect Shade’ is a finalist in the Intermediate Category of the National Finals.

Since September, a record-breaking 17,000 students from 370 schools have researched, set up and managed their own businesses as part of the biggest student enterprise programme in the country. For more details about the programme, visit

UPDATE: Joshua has been named the Best Innovation award winner in the Intermediate category.

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