Ireland leads the charge to digital future
Ireland is leading the way in expanding the coding and digital skills of young people across the continent.
A group of MEPs with an interest in digital skills were told that the Coolest Projects Awards have the ability to develop into the equivalent of the Web Summit for younger people in Europe.
The Coolest Projects Awards were established on a voluntary basis by a number of industry professionals to support and inspire young people aged seven to 17.
Co-founder Noel King said: "Coolest Projects provides the bridge from learning coding skills at Coder Dojos to creating future employment. We are the piece in the middle which makes the connection.
"As such, we have the potential to a key initiative to solve Europe's digital skills shortage problem."
The awards, which are now in their fourth year, create a platform for young people to showcase the skills they have learned at CoderDojo groups around the country.
Past entrants include Lauren Boyle (11) who created the Cool Kids Studio mobile app and was named the Young EU Digital Girl of the Year 2014.