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
I 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.”