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After gaining some experience at coding, EU Digital Girl of Year 2014/15 Lauren Boyle became a mentor at her local club, helping other students and sharing her knowledge. She has now developed a number of successful websites and apps, and has helped launch the Hour of Code with Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Ten-year old Lauren Boyle from Dublin began coding after joining her local CoderDojo club in 2013. After gaining some experience at coding, Lauren became a mentor at her local club, helping other students and sharing her knowledge. She has now developed a number of successful websites and apps. One of these promotes healthy eating, while another looks at life skills for kids, such as how to make friends and how to deal with bullying. This website, Cool Kids Studio, saw Lauren win prizes in the Coderdojo Coolest Projects Awards in both 2013 and 2014. Lauren has developed Cool STEAM Kids; an app and website encouraging 10 to 15 year olds to try science, technology, engineering, art and maths.
2014 was a big year for Lauren. Having won an award for Excellence in the Next Generation category at the IEDR’s Dot IE Net Visionary Awards, she was also named EU Digital girl of the year and received her award in Rome. Following this prestigious win, Lauren took part in a panel discussion at the Web Summit for Schools and met a number of high profile people, including Minister Damien English in the Dept. of Education. Visits to Google, Twitter and LinkedIn to name but a few, saw Lauren talk about her web projects, her love of coding and technology and the importance of role models in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people.
The year ended on a high note, when Lauren helped launch the Hour of Code with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government buildings. She was also delighted to be included on lists such as The Journal’s 20 under 20 and Silicon Republic’s TopTech Newsmakers of 2014.
All this success has not stopped Lauren from planning some exciting future projects, which include continuing to develop her coding skills and learning more programming languages. After her meeting with the Department of Education and Skills, Lauren is eager to see life skills included in the primary school curriculum and she also plans to continue promoting STEM to young people.
In 2015, Lauren has spoken at Accentures International Women’s Day, and won the Creative Web Coding category at the Eircom Junior Spiders awards. In addition, she was one of the key note speakers at Silicon Republic’s Inspirefest in June.
Recently, she launched her new app and website called Cool STEAM Kids, encouraging kids to try out Science, technology, engineering, art and maths. You can download Cool STEAM Kids for android on Google Play.
When Lauren is not busy coding and creating new apps, she plays the violin and is a member of the DIT Sinfonia Orchestra and the Dublin Youth Orchestra.
Furthermore, the multitalented girl is on her 5th year of learning Mandarin Chinese and 3rd year learning Spanish.
Lauren recently spoke at Salesforce’s annual conference Dreamforce in San Francisco.