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Prepare to be wowed: Meet Ireland's tech leaders of the future

MEET one of the youngest code developers in Europe. His name is Niall Keogh, he's Irish and he's only 11 years of age.

"I published my first app when I was ten," he tells independent.ie.

"It's on the IOS app store. It's called 'Keogh's Crazy War of the Worlds. After that, I released another app, Bouncify, which is written in X code. At the moment, I'm working on my current app, Ball Touch, which I set up in SWIFT."

"I'm hoping to bring out a couple of more apps and I've a website coming out soon called NiallKeogh.ie."

Niall is a member (or a 'Ninja') of Coderdojo which is fast becoming the go-to social club for children and teens with a passion for technology.

Free to join, it aims to encourage creativity and give code-loving kids access to the global tech community within a safe environment.

Within Dublin alone, Coderdojo has established clubs at Trinity College, DCU, UCD, Blanchardstown IT, Bray, Dun Laoghaire, Croke Park and Malahide.

Volunteer mentors are at every site to help guide the children's progress.

"They're on my level - it's good to talk to people who are interested in the same things as I am," says Niall.

But, despite the fact that only 15pc of the delegates attending this year's Web Summit are female, independent.ie spoke to one 8-year-old girl who insists it's not only a boy's game.

"The reason why I like Coderdojo and coding is that when I saw all of their projects I wanted to know how it was done. I wanted to get in and do it myself," Ciara Whelan said.

Ciara was introduced to the world of coding through her older brother and claims the title of youngest Coderdojo member at the tender age of seven.

"I am having so much fun. I'm learning all the time. I was a little shy when I started school but I'm not anymore."

But perhaps the most interesting app Independent.ie saw being developed at the Coderdojo stand was one from Fionán Ó Ceallaigh.

Safety first was the main inspiration behind his application, according to the 11-year-old from Dublin.

"It's a no texting while driving app. When a sender sends you a text, you will hear the number and the text out loud and the sender will recieve a message you pretyped into the phone before you got into your car.

The versatile app even includes a translation function for several European languages and emits warnings if you try to pick up technology like an iPAD while you are in the car.

But it's not all serious, Fionán shares, as he appreciates that some might not want their texts read out loud to everyone in the car.

"If a teenager's Mom puts it on the phone, you can disable the function so that the phone will not read the text message out loud. You can also use your selfie picture as a background for the app," he laughs.

Online Editors