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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Hi-tech head 'humbled' by whizkid's anti-bullying idea

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

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Kathleen Marie Maughan (age 11) from Clondalkin with her project 'Anti Bullying'.
Ben Herbert (age 7) from Clonsilla with his project 'Cheetahspoke' .

COMPUTER whizkids showcased a dizzying array of cool and imaginative coding ideas at the annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards ceremony at Dublin City University.

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About 250 projects were entered for the event and the winning ideas included an app to help locate a charging point when an eCar is running low on juice, a Wild Western game and a smartphone selfie website.

Other projects such as an anti-bullying quiz, by 11-year-old Clondalkin schoolgirl Kathleen Maughan, and a computer game for people with dyslexia also received an honourable mention.

CoderDojo co-founder, Bill Liao, who opened the awards ceremony, said he was particularly touched and humbled by Kathleen Maughan who was "intent on assisting others who suffer what she has suffered from".

The Coolest Projects Awards, are an opportunity for members of coding clubs or dojos to demonstrate the application of the skills and knowledge they have gained from attending their weekly sessions.

Projects were ranked not only for their complexity and usability but also for that essential 'cool' factor, which is similar to the one rule of CoderDojo: "Be cool!"

Irish Independent

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