Kilmac brothers have the Coolest Projects
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 startups.coderdojo.xyz – 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.