Ireland Scoops 2nd European Digital Girl of the Year

Dublin girl Niamh Scanlon (13) has been named an EU Digital Girl of the Year 2015, joint winner at this year’s Ada Awards, making it the 2nd time and the 2nd year in a row that Ireland has scooped this award. 

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ada awardsNow in its 3rd year, The Digital Girl of the Year™ Award is part of the international Ada Awards™ that recognise outstanding girls and women in digital sectors globally and the organisations that support them.

The awards are affectionately named after the first-ever computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, Lady Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. The Ada Awards have the mission to recognise outstanding girls and women in tech, and the organisations who support them in Europe, Africa and beyond.

Digital Girl of the Year Award 2015

Last year’s winner was Lauren Boyle (9) who developed a site for kids and who mentors at Coderdojo.

Niamh is joint winner for 2015 with Yasmin Bey (14) from England, who has been programming for six years. Niamh has been coding since she was 9, she also mentors at Coderdojo, and has spoken at the WebSummit and other tech events.

reCharge-My-eCar_logoWhen she was in Coderdojo, Niamh developed an award-winning app called reCharge my eCar for people who use electric cars. It shows where all the public charging points are in Ireland, and whether someone is currently using each one. It also gives directions from where you are to the charging point that you select.

Read more about Niamh in our interview Girls in Tech: Meet 12 Year Old App Developer Niamh Scanlon

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