Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh: changing the world through participatory design

Laura Lovin, Dana M. Britton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Jane Ni Dhulchaointhigh is the inventor of a material called sugru and CEO of the company FormFormForm, which makes and markets the product. Sugru is a silicone substance that was designed to stick to most materials - including aluminum , steel, ceramics, glass, wood, and some plastics. It has the moldable quality of children's modeling clay, and it can be shaped in virtually any form before it cures into strong yet flexible silicone rubber. The range of its use is unlimited, as the ever-growing online community of sugru users testifies. This community is filled with people who share their projects and ideas about how to fix or "hack" things with sugru. Storyes on the company's website testify to the product's almost unlimited uses-users send in hacks that range from mending changing cables to fixing snow boots and wheelchair joysticks to creating glow-in-the-dark tent pegs. In 2010, Time magazine named sugru one of the top fifty inventions of the year-ranking it ahead of the iPad.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJunctures in Women's Leadership
Subtitle of host publicationBusiness
EditorsMary K. Trigg, Dana M. Britton
Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2016

Publication series

NameJunctures: Case Studies in Women's Leadership
PublisherRutgers University Press


  • participatory design
  • community
  • small business


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