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Friday 29 August 2014

Youngest 'app' developers in the country launch 'openshare'

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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Mayor Kevin Callan, Cian's sister Shaunamay Martin-Bohan, Cian Martin Bohan, Cormac Kinsella, his dad Aidan Kinsella (behind), Cormac Bohan, Samantha Martin-Bohan at the launch of ‘openshare’.

LOUTH whizz kids Cormac Kinsella and Cian Martin-Bohan launched the Beta Android version of their mobile phone app 'open share'.

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Cormac (14) from Dundalk and Cian (13) from Drogheda became the youngest 'app' developers in Ireland when they launched last week.

Cormac explains that the clever app allows a user to share a post across several social networks a the same time.

'This means that users can post an update to social networks simultaneously, such as facebook, twitter, Whatsapp, Gmail, Viber and Google+without leaving the OpenShare screen.'

The app is available for Android smart phones on the Google play store and Cormac and Cian also plan to release versions for both iphone and Windows Phone before the end of the year. The teenagers became buddies through the Louth 'Coder Dojo' project, which is run in Drogheda.

They celebrated their success along with their IBM mentor, Brendan Murray, and Coder Dojo founder, Graham O'Rourke, who kept both boys focused on their end goal.

Cormac's proud mum Margeurite said 'The boys have collaborated at Coder Dojo, stayed over at one another's houses in Dundalk and Drogheda for near all night coding sessions and collaborated at a distance using Facetime, Skype, and even old fashioned phone in order to get their app to the market!'

Details of the Open Share App are available at www.facebook.com/OpenShareApp as well as on the Google Play Store.

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