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Joanne is one of seven people in the world living with a rare medical disability known as Total Amelia Cork disability activist Joanne O’Riordan has won the Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Person of the World Award for 2015. Ms O’Riordan was shortlisted for the award by public vote, receiving almost half of the 26,000 online votes for the award which honours individuals under the age of 40 who have contributed greatly to local and global communities. She was selected as the winner by a panel of judges for her contribution to children, world peace and human rights. The UCC student is one of seven people in the world living with a rare medical disability known as Total Amelia, meaning born without limbs. In 2011 Ms O’Riordan attracted a lot of media attention when she challenged the Government on cuts to disability allowance. Since then she addressed the UN at the International Telecommunication Union’s conference ‘Girls in Technology’ in New York in 2012. Her story formed the subject of a 2014 documentary ‘No Limbs No Limits’. She will travel to Kanazawa, Japan for the 2015 JCI World Congress in November. Commenting on her win, Ms O’Riordan said she was “blown away”, adding “to say I’m over the moon would be an understatement.” “For me this award is about highlighting the ability of every citizen irrespective of their disability. I want people to realise that people with disabilities can contribute to a wider society in a more positive and helpful way” she said.

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Dr. Brian Higgins being presented with his award in the Category: Medical Innovation by Jani Hirvonen, JCI Ireland President at the JCI Ireland National Ten Outstanding Young People Awards Ceremony 2015 in the Meyrick Hotel on Saturday. Two Galway men were among ten honoured from across the country as Ireland’s Outstanding Young People at the weekend. Ian Staunton and Brian Higgins were among those chosen for their achievements in a number of areas including personal achievement, contribution to children, cultural achievement, environmental leadership and medical innovation. The special TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Person) award ceremony which is hosted annually by JCI (Junior Chamber International) Ireland recognises high achievers who have excelled in their respective field of expertise. The award ceremony was sponsored by BNI Ireland and was held in The Meyrick Hotel in Galway city on Saturday. Ian Staunton received a personal achievement award for his accomplishments in the water for both swimming and kayaking as part of Ireland’s Special Olympic team. And Brian Higgins also received an award for medical innovation for his internationally recognised invention ‘Medical Exam Tutor’, an online training tool for medical students which works like a flight simulator for doctors. Ian and Brian will now go forward for consideration for an international award which will be held in Japan later in November.

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Cork campaigner Joanne O’Riordan is among 10 young people to win awards for their outstanding achievements in categories such as personal and cultural achievement, contribution to children, environmental leadership, and medical innovation. Joanne, who is one of seven people worldwide living with total Amelia syndrome, meaning she was born without limbs, was lauded for her work as a disability campaigner as she picked up one of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ireland’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards. The teenager has publicly challenged the Government on cuts affecting people with disabilities, has addressed the United Nations on the importance of technology in her life, and is working with Trinity College Dublin to create a robot to help her with everyday tasks. Her life story was captured in the widely acclaimed documentary No Limbs, No Limits. Fellow Cork resident Julie O’Mahony also received an award for her volunteer work with children in the Indian city of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, as part of the Hope Foundation. A student of early childhood studies at University College Cork, Julie, who is originally from Wexford, has raised more than €22,000 for the charity to date. “Her commitment and passion for the children in Kolkata has ensured that Hope has the resources needed to continue to rescue vulnerable children from the slums and streets. She is so deserving of this award,” said Hope Foundation honorary director Maureen Forrest. Dubliner Neil McCabe received the environmental leadership award for founding The Green Plan, a model of sustainable energy management which led to Kilbarrack Fire Station being recognised as the world’s first carbon-neutral station, while Mayo’s Olive O’Connor received a Medical Innovation award for her personal health record system, MediStori. Galway man Brian Higgins was recognised for his Medical Exam Tutor, an online training tool for medical students. Other award […]

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ROMA – Dal profilo di Facebook alla definizione dei gusti personali degli utenti per creare itinerari turistici su misura. All’Expo di Milano è succeso per Smartour, app ideata da un gruppo di cinque giovani salernitani e due catanesi – ingegneri informatici, gestionali, del cinema e dei mezzi di comunicazione. All’Esposizione universale, Luigi Galluccio, ingegnere salernitano tra gli ideatori dell’applicazione, è stato premiato dall’associazione Junior Chamber International (JCI) come giovane che si è distinto di più a livello nazionale nelle attività di ricerca. La JCI è la più grande associazione mondiale di giovani imprenditori, professionisti (e non) attivi nelle proprie comunità. La competizione The Outstanding Young Person 2015 (TOYP) si è tenuta quest’anno all’Esposizione Universale in concomitanza con il centesimo anniversario della JCI e ha premiato giovani talenti nei settori del business, cultura, volontariato e crescita personale (in allegato, foto della premiazione). Il premio JCI celebra la carica rivoluzionaria di un’app destinata a stravolgere l’idea tradizionale di turismo. Un riconoscimento internazionale che conferma l’abilità di Giffoni Innovation Hub, l’acceleratore di progetti artistici e startup di Giffoni Experience (www.giffonihub.com), nel selezionare e sostenere le idee piu’ innovative nel panorama della creatività emergente. “Individuare e offrire supporto alle potenzialità dei giovani, specialmente i talenti del territorio come Luigi Galluccio, rappresenta una delle ragioni della nascita dell’hub – dichiara Luca Tesauro, uno dei Founder e CEO di GIH – in perfetta continuità con quella che è la mission storica di Giffoni. Il riconoscimento ottenuto da Galluccio è il simbolo del ruolo che la realtà di Giffoni può rappresentare per i giovani che vivono per intero la filiera educativa dell’azienda. Luigi infatti è stato giurato del Giffoni Experience, collaboratore e ora imprenditore”.