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Coolest Projects International 2018: Here’s What You Missed

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A face-recognition security system for older people, an adventure game to teach farm safety and a health tech app that helps people with special needs to communicate easily with family and friends.

These were just three of the 700 projects showcased today in Dublin at the seventh annual Coolest Projects International 2018.

Organised by the CoderDojo Foundation, the event is described as ‘a world-leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers and entrepreneurs’.

 

 

Today’s event brought together over 1,000 young people from Ireland and around the world who have had an idea and made it a reality using the skills they have learnt at their local CoderDojo, Code Club, or Raspberry Jam.

 

“The passion and encouragement of early teachers and mentors has helped me build a successful and hugely enjoyable career in engineering” – Pete Lomas

 

Co-creator of the Raspberry Pi computer, Pete Lomas, delivered the keynote address to a packed audience of young people and their families. Sharing how he went from school misfit to joint recipient of the UK’s most prestigious prize for engineering innovation, the MacRobert Award, Mr Lomas, said:

“Creating things has been a lifelong passion for me but my journey to success has not been without potholes and seemingly vertical uphill struggles. The passion and encouragement of early teachers and mentors has helped me build a successful and hugely enjoyable career in engineering.”

 

 

Over 10,000 people visited the family friendly event which comprised hands-on activities for young and old including programming inspired escape rooms, flying drones, VR headset testing, creating wearable technology pieces and a giant circuit board puzzle as well as demonstrations, workshops and panel discussions. Oh, and this…

 

www.coolestprojects.org 

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