Dundee cham­pion joins list of cy­ber whiz-kids

HON­OUR: Har­ris Acad­emy pupil on list of ‘young peo­ple who have ruled the tech world’

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - Jamie mil­li­gan jmil­li­gan@the­courier.co.uk

An in­no­va­tive Dun­do­nian teen prodigy who made it his mis­sion to pro­mote his home city has been named as one of the most in­flu­en­tial teenage fig­ures on the in­ter­net.

An­drew Batch­e­lor, 15, from Claver­house, launched a Face­book page and Twit­ter feed at the age of 13 to sup­port Dundee’s bid to be­come the 2017 UK City of Cul­ture.

Ever since, An­drew has kept res­i­dents and visi­tors up­dated with events tak­ing place through­out the city.

The young en­tre­pre­neur’s Face­book page now has more than 4,600 likes and his web­site, www.dun­deecul­ture.com, is viewed by be­tween 10,000 and 25,000 peo­ple ev­ery week.

This week, the Har­ris Acad­emy pupil was named by youth char­ity, Young Scot, as be­ing one of the planet’s “young peo­ple who’ve ruled the tech world”.

An­drew ad­mit­ted he was de­lighted by his un­ex­pected suc­cess.

Re­veal­ing his love for Dundee as the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind his ven­ture, he said: “The first I heard about what Young Scot had said was when I re­ceived a tweet telling me. I hadn’t known any­thing about it un­til then.

“I had a look at some of the peo­ple named on the list and they in­clude a girl who be­came Mi­crosoft’s youngest cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional at the age of nine.

“I’m quite shocked to be part of a list with peo­ple like that.”

An­drew re­cently launched a cam­paign to bring back Dundee’s Royal Arch and has al­ready gained celebrity back­ing.

“I tweeted Lor­raine Kelly about it and she came back and told me that she felt it was a great idea,” he said.

Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall.

An­drew Batch­e­lor has been an on­line cham­pion of all things Dundee since the age of 13.

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