I’m 13 years old, and I’m into coding. I went to my first coding club in Coder Dojo when I was 9, my Mum heard about it from someone and said that I should just give it a go, and from the first day I just loved the fact that you could create anything from coding. Coder Dojo runs classes that teach young people how to code for free, there are always mentors there to help you if you get stuck with anything. I think that they’re great, they have gotten a lot of young people into coding, and into tech. If you’re really creative, and you have a passion for it, then you’ll get good at coding. I like creating things with it.

I’m the 2015 EU Digital Girl Of The Year. I got my Mum to put my name down for it, but didn’t expect to hear anything back. Then they said I had been shortlisted, and I got to go over to Luxembourg. They had this big event, and a dinner and everything, it was really cool. I like to make Apps. I’ve made an App called reCharge My eCar – it’s for electric cars, and it shows you where all the charging points are in Ireland, and whether somebody’s using them, so that you don’t have to wait in a queue for a charging point. I’m working on another one called Auto-Journalist, it’s for journalists and interviewees; it sets up the questions and sends them to the interviewees, who can then record themselves using the camera or microphone on their phones. When I get older, I think I’d like to start a big tech business. That would be cool.

Dublin is a really great place for tech, because there are loads of Coder Dojos here, and you also have events like the BT Young Scientist and Coolest Projects, where people from all over the country come to take part. Before I started coding, I had played computer games, but never knew about all the work that goes into making them. I found it really interesting to see how it all works. Now, when an App glitches, I don’t get annoyed. I know somebody out there is trying to fix it.

Dublin is really cool. It some cities it can be really crowded, but I think Dublin has just the right amount of people. In town, you don’t get loads of people all squished together in one place. There are loads of great places to go. And lots of cool shops. I love going shopping on Grafton Street. And I did the Viking Splash Tour, and thought that was really good.

If we start getting more girls into tech now, then the next generation of girls will have role models to look up to, and go ‘Well, I want to get into tech, too.’ If we start doing it now, then it’ll keep on going. It’s important.

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