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Lost child? Irish boy creates app to keep track of children in public places

Published 15/06/2015 | 08:21

Harvey Brezina Coniffe
Harvey Brezina Coniffe

LOST your child in the supermarket? Don't despair - there's now an app for that.

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A young genius from Dublin has invented the application which will let parents know where their kids are, as well as letting the children know where their parents are.

Entitled the Family Minder, the app was invented by Harvey Brezina Coniffe from Dublin. The easy-to-use app also notifies parents if young children attempt to exit a building they are in or enter what are called "danger zones".

It utilises Bluetooth technology and uses tiny sensors which can be placed on badges for little children who do not own a smartphone.

Through the app, the parents can then track their child's movement in relation to their own position. The amazing invention was just one of many on display from some of the country's most talented young inventors this week.

Hundreds of coders gathered in Dublin's RDS on Saturday to demonstrate their websites, apps, games and even robots at the fourth annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards 2015.

Dublin winner Maciej Goszczycki impressed judges with his own minicomputer called the BlueTie Minicomputer.

Aidan Dowling, a student from St Mary's college in Rathmines created a unique game app called Space Explorer.

The challenging game sees the protagonist taken to space to do repairs on a distant planet.

More than 500 projects from children of all ages were on display in the RDS.

Mary Moloney, CoderDojo Global CEO said that the standard this year was "incredibly high".

"What made it most special for me was the kindness and the both supportive and fun atmosphere," she said.

CoderDojo operates across the country giving young children and young adults the opportunity to learn about technology.

Founded in June 2011 by then 18-year-old James Whelton and Bill Liao in Cork, the movement has grown rapidly.

CoderDojo clubs now run all over the world on a weekly to bi-weekly basis, giving young people between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to develop computer code, websites, apps, programs, games, digital media and to explore technology.

As of June 2015 there are over 740 Dojos spread across 57 countries ranging from places such as the UK, Nigeria, Japan, Ireland and the USA.

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