Tuesday 13 November 2018

James Whelton is youngest ever winner of Eircom Spider awards

James Whelton was named Eircom Spider Internet Hero
James Whelton was named Eircom Spider Internet Hero

Peter Flanagan - New Technology Correspondent

A Cork-based developer has been named the youngest ever winner of an Eircom Spider Internet hero Award.

The 20 year old James Whelton won the gong just two years after winning a Junior Spider Award.

He won the award for his part in setting up CoderDojo, a movement which stated in Cork and which now provides free and open learning to young people in programming technology around the world.

Mr Whelton won the “Best Web Design” award in 2010 for his Leaving Cert Countdown Timer before setting up a computer club in school.

He later created CoderDojo with angel investor Bill Liao.

Eircom chief commercial officer and chair of the awards judging panel Carolan Lennon said the awards had been “hugely successful”.

“This year the introduction of the Eircom Spider Business’ Choice Award and the Digital Start Up Award was a key part of our continued development and our desire to recognize the role of SMEs to the digital economy.

“The opportunity to showcase the role of SMEs to the digital economy is more important than ever and we are delighted to be a playing a part in this.”

Independent.ie is the media partner of the awards.

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