This week we’re profiling young Irish entrepreneurs who are taking the world of tech by storm and they’re not even 20 yet!
Jordan Casey: No list would be complete without BizWorld Ireland ambassador and Waterford-based entrepreneur, Jordan Casey. The 16-year-old set up Casey Games, an apps development firm when he was just 12 years old. It has released hit games such as Greenboy Touch, Food World and Alien Ball V Humans, which went to number one on the iTunes charts.
Jordan is a self-taught programmer. He began aged nine by watching YouTube videos and reading books on programming. Last year he took part as a ‘dragon’ at the annual BIZ Factor competition where he was able to encourage and guide other young people how to learn code and set up their own businesses.
Niamh Scanlon: Awarded EU Digital Girl of the Year 2015 just last December, Niamh Scanlon is a 13-year-old award-winning app developer from Dublin. At age 9, she started learning how to code at a Dublin City University CoderDojo. In 2014, Niamh launched her reCharge my eCar app which helps drivers find electronic charging points throughout Ireland. She won the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Best App Award 2014 and two Junior Spider Awards in 2015 for the app.
Niamh is a member of the Digital Youth Council which works to give a voice to young people involved in STEM in Ireland and provide them with a platform to influence the National Digital Strategy.
Harry McCann: Kid Tech CEO and Founder, Harry McCann is 17 years old and has already taught over 1,000 kids how to code. Hailing from Clane, County Kildare, Harry has been coding since the age of 12. His Kid Tech technology allows kids to continue learning coding, web and game development alongside attending a CoderDojo.
Harry has a number of awards to his name including a Junior Entrepreneurship Award, was named The Huffington Post’s Young Entrepreneur of the Week and listed as one of TheJournal.ie’s 20 Under 20: Ireland’s Brightest and Most Inspirational Rising Stars. He has support from stars like Norah Casey, Stephen Fry, James Anderson (ThinkSpace), and Bill Liao (CoderDojo).
Lauren Boyle: Lauren Boyle was named EU Digital Girl of the Year 2014 when she was only 10 years old. Last year she launched her new website and app Cool STEAM Kids which allows kids to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and maths through games, kits, books, links, videos, 3D timelines, experiments and lots, lots more!
Lauren was a winner at CoderDojo’s annual Coolest Projects Awards and gave Taoiseach Enda Kenny his very first coding lesson. You can check out his first coding creation here: https://studio.code.org/c/32532000