KegoMatic – a technology solution that allows multiple drink kegs to be tapped at once and switches the line automatically when a keg runs out – has been recognised as Northern Ireland’s top Agri-Food Science invention at the prestigious Catalyst Inc INVENT Awards 2017.
Presented by leading ICT solutions provider, Fujitsu, the KegoMatic team which is made up of six engineering students from Queen’s University Belfast, was applauded by the judges for the creative application of technology to overcome a prevalent issue in the hospitality sector.
By automatically switching the line when a keg runs out, the KegoMatic solution creates operational efficiencies by preventing a service lag when staff would otherwise be busy changing barrels. Once installed, the kegs sit on a base with in-built weighing scales. By analysing the weight over time, KegoMatic’s companion software, BarTrender, shows the rate at which beer is being poured. The data captured by the technology can help businesses plan for events and evaluate any wastage or potentially problems with stock. KegoMatic can also create additional financial savings by reducing the number of pints it takes to clear a keg of foam when it empties.
Congratulating the KegoMatic team, Dr Gráinne Watson, Senior Innovation Bid Manager at Fujitsu and an INVENT Award judge said;
“Occasions like the INVENT Awards truly demonstrate the original talent, engineering prowess and creative thinking embedded in our society. Through the application of technology, the KegoMatic team has managed to devise a simple yet unique solution to overcome an traditional issue that exists in establishments right across the world. Thinking imaginatively to problem solve and empowering businesses with ICT and technology are traits we hold in high-regard at Fujitsu, and we warmly congratulate KegoMatic and the other winners on their awards.”
Open to inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs and students, the annual INVENT Awards aims to find inventions with the greatest commercial potential. The winners will now share the £33,000 prize fund and have secured a place on the Northern Ireland Tech Mission to pitch to investors and potential partners in California.