Kil­mac broth­ers have the Coolest Projects

Bray People - - NEWS -

Broth­ers Harvey (14) and Jasper Brez­ina Con­niffe (12) from Kil­macanogue were awarded top honours at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards at the RDS in Dublin last Satur­day.

Over 800 young in­no­va­tors took part in the awards, which at­tracted 10,000 peo­ple to what is the largest tech­nol­ogy event held in the coun­try this year.

Jasper, who at­tends Dublin’s Ware­house Dojo, was a win­ner in the Lib­erty Global/Vir­gin Me­dia Fu­ture Mak­ers cat­e­gory with Every­fone, a low-cost phone for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries that does not re­quire a net­work.

Harvey took the Ac­cen­ture In­no­va­tor’s Spe­cial Prize for his in­ven­tion star­ – a web­site which al­lows kids in CoderDojo to get a web­site up and run­ning in min­utes.

Other projects that wowed the judges on the day in­cluded a mo­bile flood warn­ing system, a ro­botic dog feed­ing app and a mo­bile phone for de­vel­op­ing coun­tries that doesn’t re­quire a net­work.

‘It was fan­tas­tic to see 100 en­tries from out­side Ire­land at Coolest Projects. We now have 1,020 do­jos in 63 coun­tries and reach 35,000 chil­dren a week,’ said Coolest Projects co-founder Noel King.

Jasper Brez­ina Con­niffe (child on right) with some of his fel­low win­ners, Orla Mor­ris Toolen and Phil Smyth from Swipe TV and An­nalise Tyrie from Vir­gin Me­dia.

Harvey Brez­ina Con­niffe with Orla Mor­ris Toolen and Phil Smyth from Swipe TV and Julie Spil­lane from Ac­cen­ture.

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