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New digital game uses neuroscience to combat attention deficit in children

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Cortechs

A pioneering Irish company is leading the way in digital brain health by improving focus for kids using a new digital game that uses neuroscience to aid concentration!

The idea behind Cortechs’ new game, Zip and the Misty Mountain, is to help children who find it hard to concentrate – particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or attention difficulties, who have huge challenges staying focused on their homework or on simple day-to-day tasks.

And as Cortechs CEO Áine Behan points out, with the HSEs spending €2.5 million on ADHD medication in 2013 and thousands of Irish children prescribed this medication, she is not surprised that parents are desperate to find drug-free, scientifically backed alternatives to improve their children’s focus.

“At Cortechs, we are passionate about smart gaming designed around neuroscience. We use brain powered play with brainwaves as a powerful tool to modify behaviours in ADHD, autism and with distracted kids that want to improve their focus,” she explains.

“Neurofeedback is a way of changing the way your brain works. It does not involve anything invasive – it is based on learning and trains the brain to modify behaviours around attention and relaxation. In essence, neurofeedback allows you to learn how to gain more control over the way your brain works and it uses your brainwaves to do this,” adds Áine.

The Cortechs CEO has a PhD in Neuroscience and is a former RCSI research lecturer with over ten years’ experience in the area.

Cortechs is a privately held company established in Dublin by Áine, who orignally hails from Clonmel, and since its foundation has won many notable accolades and rewards.

Áine was South Dublin Business Chamber’s Female Entrepreneur 2013 and has been featured by Silicon Republic as a Women Invent start-up to watch, in 2014.

Cortechs won BBC Grand Challenge at TVX 2014 and was Girls in Tech’s only Irish finalist (and innovative pitch winner) of five from 178 applicants across Europe in September 2014.

Part of this roll-out will see Áine and her team visit schools around Galway city and county in the months ahead to display the game and its benefits to students and teachers.

“In the game, Zip is a young apprentice on the Misty Mountain tasked with the challenge of racing to the head temple to wake the Master.

“Along the way, Zip has to leap over obstacles, gather glowing gems and unlock each temple door that protects the path to the Master at the top of Misty Mountain. However, mastering concentration & relaxation is core to unlocking Zips’ powers so Zip can complete the game.

“We want our healthy game can be used as a tool to help any distracted child improve their focus whatever their background or condition,” she says..

Zip and the Misty Mountain game will be initially available for app download to Android with iOS to follow. You can buy this Zip game and headset bundle online from October 6 at www.cortechs.ie.

And they will follow up with a suite of Zip childrens games plus brain fitness apps for adults suitable for both Android and iOS.

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New domain registrations reveal growth of almost 7% over first half of year

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Figures...David Curtin.

Traditional businesses are embracing their online presence now more than ever in the aftermath of Covid – with Galway companies showing a growth of almost seven per cent in new domain registrations post-pandemic.

That’s according to the latest statistics released by .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager. 

There were 1,236 new .ie domains registered in Galway in the first half of this year, representing growth of 6.6% over pre-pandemic 2019.

That figure accounted for over half of the 2,352 new .ie domains registered in Connacht between January and June 2022, as the database reported 2.6% year-on-year growth, with new registrations returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Identifying with place proved very popular for new .ie registrations in H1 2022. In Galway, the top three keywords in new .ie domain registrations were ‘Galway’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irish’.

At the end of June, the total .ie database stood at 332,642 domains.

Limerick recorded the highest percentage growth among the major urban counties (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford) over the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Large numbers of younger Irish workers plan to change jobs in next two years

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Gary Notley...workers reassessing options.

More than half of the co-called Gen Z’s and only slightly less of our millennials plan to leave their current jobs for pastures new in the next two years.

That’s according to a new Deloitte Ireland survey which revealed that 56% of Gen Zs and 40% of millennials plan to leave their current roles in that time.

It also found that 53% of millennials believe the economic situation will worsen in the next twelve months, compared to 36% of Gen Z.

And 55% of Irish millennials cite the cost of living as being their number one greatest concern with one in four of them leaving their organisations in 2022 as a result of burnout.

Gen Z refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while millennials are those reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.

Overall, the survey found that both cohorts are concerned about an economic downturn – but they desire a better work/life balance and want more flexible working arrangements than they currently have.

The Irish participants were taking part in the Millennial and Gen Z global study of over 45 countries – and they said they are more willing than ever to leave for fresh opportunities.

They are seeking options to provide them with better salary/reward, work life balance, higher flexibility and opportunity offered by employers, and, to a lesser extent, organisations focused on climate change.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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