This 14-Year-Old Irish Tech Genius Is Transforming Your Daily News

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

October 15, 2017

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Alex Goodison developed iOS app Swiipe as a summer project, and it has now become a tech sensation. Swiipe has been called Tinder for news, and it certainly takes reading the headlines to a whole new level. We caught up with the 14-year-old Irish tech genius transforming your daily news to find out more:

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Tell Us A Little About Yourself

My name is Alex Goodison and I am a Junior Cert student in Kilmallock, County Limerick. I have always had an interest in technology, and maybe that was down to my dad as he is a programmer in Dublin.

When I was 11, I set up a graphic design company selling logos, business card designs, and other design products all around the world. I had over 250 worldwide customers and, from that, I earned over €2,000 – which is quite a bit to a 14-year-old!

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How Did You Start Designing Apps?

During the summer of 2016, I decided that I would learn how to develop apps. I always had goals for myself and different things I would like to try out, and app development was next on my list.

That summer I developed an app which helps Junior Cert students to study by bringing various resources into one place. I also worked on side projects such as a tennis scoreboard or a currency converter, but this summer I wanted to work on a bigger project.

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Tell Us About The App You Created

SwiipeI have always been interested in the way we take in data, and especially how we read the news. I have noticed that people my age are reading the news less and less, maybe because they find long articles of text uninviting.

My app, Swiipe, is a different take on reading the headlines. You see the headlines one-by-one, so there are no distractions. Swipe left to dismiss, right to save and tap to view the article now. It is a new and different experience of reading the news, and so far the reaction has been 100% positive.

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What Do You Enjoy About Technology?

Technology has always been something that I have been drawn to. My favourite subject in school is maths, so I enjoy the puzzle element of tech.

As I said, my dad is a programmer, so maybe that influenced me in technology, but I’m more of a business person to be honest. I’m a businessperson with a strong interest in tech. I have always wanted to start a company, which I kind of already have, but as an entrepreneur, I learn new skills and then create a business with those skills.

One thing I love about tech is the endless possibilities. You can make ANYTHING – and you can make it to how you want it to be. It is also a powerful tool of communication and, while I may not like social media that much, as time progresses, for a business it is quite necessary.

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What Does The Future Hold?

Who knows what I will end up doing in the future – the job that I end up doing might not even be invented yet! I would love to do what I am currently doing (startups like Swiipe) just on a bigger scale. I am already doing what I love, I just need to keep going.”

You can find Swiipe on the App Store and follow the latest developments on Twitter.

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Published On: October 15th, 2017 / Categories: Entertainment, Technology / Last Updated: March 28th, 2021 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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