Innovation and Technology – Extraordinary Islanders Finalists

Media partnership with Extraordinary Islanders

“Necessity is the mother of invention” as they say. The Innovation and Technology award, sponsored by Manncoin, is celebrating the Manxies who used their big brains to provide a clever solution to the problems created by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. 

Jess and Nic Le Merle

In just four days, Jess and Nic Le Merle, who run Afundi, created to assure we still got our fix of our favourite restaurants during lockdown. While it felt like a lifesaver for all us foodies, for the food and drink businesses that signed up to the platform free of charge, it provided a means to launch a take-away menu and essentially keep their  businesses going. It has been the most challenging period the hospitality sector has ever had to ensure, and this platform has helped customers reconnect with their favourite eateries and support the local economy. 

The Fynoderee Distillery

There are very few things in life more important than gin, but in March we discovered that, in a pandemic, hand sanitizer is one of them. With there being a national shortage of one of the most necessary items for stopping the spread of COVID-19, the Fynoderee team transformed its usual operations, using existing skills, know-how, and equipment, to create a powerful disinfectant for the people of the Isle of Man. If that isn’t impressive enough, they made it available in double-quick time too is a group of 30 laser cutter and 3D printer owners across the Isle of Man, who gathered their skills and resources to produce PPE when the demand was high. The group managed to produce over 3,500 face shields in just two weeks – with individuals producing them alongside their day jobs. That’s quite an achievement and a great example of innovation, collaboration and true community spirit.


Let us know who you think is most deserving by casting your votes here. Don’t forget to share your favourites on social media!

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