Eleven stu­dents will take part in cod­ing awards

Bray People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

ELEVEN young in­no­va­tors from the CoderDo­jos in Round­wood, Dunlavin, Bray and Wick­low town will take part in this year’s CoderDojo Coolest Projects awards.

Their projects in­clude a magic eight ball that can an­swer any ques­tion and a se­ries of fun com­puter games.

Over 10,000 peo­ple are ex­pected at the RDS for the free event which takes place on Saturday, June 18, when the lo­cal young­sters join more than 800 young in­no­va­tors from across Ire­land and Europe take part in the fifth an­nual awards.

Ire­land’s largest tech­nol­ogy event this year will fea­ture gad­gets, ro­bots, blogs, games and sites de­signed by our coolest young coders – the kids who can write an app as easy as they can read a book.

This year also sees the in­tro­duc­tion of Launch’d – the es­sen­tial plat­form for the Coolest Projects kids, tech pro­fes­sion­als and any­one con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in cod­ing. Hosted in par­al­lel with the Coolest Projects awards, Launch’d is a unique one-day event aimed at in­spir­ing and sup­port­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of tech­nol­ogy en­trepreneurs and pro­fes­sion­als.

Launch’d features 100 of Ire­land’s top tech start-up com­pa­nies, as well as 50 speak­ers over four stages.

A host of start-up founders and in­ter­na­tional thought lead­ers and top game de­vel­op­ers, will pro­vide amaz­ing tech skills and in­sights to Coolest Projects par­tic­i­pants and the start-ups in­volved, as well as the wider tech com­mu­nity.

Coolest Projects has seen young peo­ple de­liver projects across the lat­est tech­nolo­gies from Cloud, to In­ter­net of Things (IoT) to Vir­tual Reality and has the real po­ten­tial to drive vi­tal dig­i­tal skills across a pan-Euro­pean plat­form.

There are Coolest Projects Awards across a range of age groups in the dis­ci­plines of web­sites, apps, an­i­ma­tion and games, scratch, ad­vanced lan­guages, en­ter­prise and hardware.

‘Coolest Projects pro­vides the bridge from learn­ing cod­ing skills at lo­cal CoderDo­jos to in­no­vat­ing and cre­at­ing fu­ture em­ploy­ment. We are the piece in the mid­dle which makes the con­nec­tion,’ said Coolest Projects co-founder Noel King.

For more in­for­ma­tion log onto coolest­pro­jects.org and launchd.io. WITH THE re­cent on­set of good weather more and more peo­ple are tak­ing to the wa­ter to en­joy recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

How­ever, this has lead to a sig­nif­i­cant rise in mar­itime recre­ational in­ci­dents. As a re­sult the Ir­ish Coast Guard, the RNLI and Ir­ish Wa­ter Safety ad­vise cau­tion to those en­gaged in recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties in or near wa­ter dur­ing the cur­rent spell of good weather and through­out the sum­mer months.

Gareth Mor­ri­son, RNLI life­sav­ing de­liv­ery man­ager, said: ‘As the weather im­proves we no­tice an in­crease in call­outs for our lifeboats. Many of these in­ci­dents re­late to leisure ac­tiv­i­ties where a nice day out has un­for­tu­nately ended in a call for help. Seek­ing some sim­ple ad­vice be­fore you take to the wa­ter or coast­line could make all the dif­fer­ence. Our vol­un­teer lifeboat crews are al­ways on call but when ev­ery sec­ond counts in an emer­gency you need to be pre­pared.’

Roger Sweeney, deputy CEO of Ir­ish Wa­ter Safety, said that ‘Ire­land av­er­ages eleven drown­ings ev­ery month and that con­stant re­spon­si­ble child su­per­vi­sion will help pre­vent fur­ther tragedies. Par­ents should check that their lo­cal pri­mary school is teach­ing Ir­ish Wa­ter Safety’s class­room based cur­ricu­lum that in­stils good habits for a safe sum­mer ahead.’

Phil O’Rourke, Wick­low Wa­ter Safety devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said: ‘I would like to ap­peal to par­ents and guardians of young chil­dren to take par­tic­u­lar care of them at or near wa­ter, wher­ever that may be at the beach, rivers, lakes, or­na­men­tal ponds or pad­dling pools and wa­ter haz­ards and in­deed slurry pits on farms.’

The ESB has also is­sued a re­minder to peo­ple about the dan­gers of swim­ming in the ESB reser­voir at Poulaphou ca and Golden Falls in Wick­low.

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