Kilkenny-based tech entrepreneur Brendan Morrissey has created a new app for the Irish Girl Guides to encourage the interest of girls in technology-type careers.
The Irish Girl Guides (IGG) are setting out to complete 363,104 kilometres - the distance of the Earth to the moon - in order to raise funds for their new National Training Centre in Tallaght.
Girls from age five upwards and their volunteer leaders will walk, run, cycle, swim, surf and kayak, and raise €1 per kilometre over the next six months. They will aim to generate €363,104 to kit out their newly purchased premises.
The centre is currently a blank-canvas warehouse that will be converted into offices and training rooms. It will have a 'Destination Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics' (Stem) lounge where girls and young women can develop their skills and will discover how a career in Stem can lead to a positive global impact.
They will keep track of their progress on a new Mishon app that was launched yesterday at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies Dunsink Observatory in the capital.
The outdoor adventure app has been created by Irish tech entrepreneur Morrissey. Hearing about IGG's ambition to open a new training centre to facilitate its 11,000 members, he created a specific Mishon Moon section to his Mishon app, where IGG members and supporters can upload their kilometres and undertake adventure challenges.
"Our core objective with Mishon is to get people active by creating daily challenges, dropping augmented reality crates around users to earn points and move up our leader board to earn virtual badges," said Morrissey.
"We've been working on this project for the past three years and we can't think of a more fitting way to launch the app. We hope our involvement can assist IGG with their goal of fitting out their new National Training Centre over the coming months."
Sunday Indo Business