Lego robot named Coolest Project at CoderDojo Awards

Katie Reilly
Katie Reilly (11) from Kimmage pictured with her award-winning Rubik’s Mania website and Lego Mindstorms cube-solving robot at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards and Launch’d Summit



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20 June 2016 | 0

A Rubik’s Cube-solving robot built by 11-year-old Katie Reilly (pictured) was among the top winners at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards at the RDS last Saturday. The Kimmage schoolgirl built and programmed a Lego robot that completes the puzzle automatically, along with a Rubik’s Mania website devoted to the coloured cube. Solving the Rubik’s Cube in 15 seconds was only the start of the journey for the Dublin 15 CoderDojo member that led to her winning in the AOL websites category.

Over 10,000 people attended Ireland’s largest technology event to witness flood warning systems, robotic dog feeding apps, and mobile phones that don’t require a network among the inventions revealed by 800 young innovators aged between 5-17.

“I wanted to create a site that detailed the full history and different types of cube, along with instructional videos on how to solve the puzzle,” said the Bishop Galvin Templeogue schoolgirl. “I built the robot from Lego and coded it in Lego’s own Mindstories language.”

Also a winner was 12-year-old Jasper Brezina Coniffe from Dublin’s Warehouse Dojo was a winner in the Liberty Global/Virgin Media Future Makers category with Everyfone, a low-cost phone for developing countries that does not require a network. His brother, Harvey (14), took the Accenture innovator’s special prize for his invention – a website which allows kids in CoderDojo to get a website up and running in minutes.

A Flood Gauge warning system invented by Shay Fahy (11) from Athenry designed to alert whole communities and surrounding areas by e-mail or tweet when flooding is imminent was a winner in the Intel best hardware category.

“It was fantastic to see 100 entries from outside Ireland at Coolest Projects. We now have 1,020 dojos in 63 countries and reach 35,000 children a week,” said Coolest Projects co-founder Noel King. “Coolest Projects provides the bridge from learning coding skills at local CoderDojos to innovating and creating future employment. We are the piece in the middle which makes the connection.

“These digital skills are vital if Europe is to address the coding skills shortage which has led to 500,000 open job postings across the region in 2016.”

This year also saw the introduction of Launch’d – an event over four stages featuring 50 top international speakers as well as 100 of Ireland’s top tech start-up companies.

Among the speakers was Seattle-based Dubliner Aidan Hughes – developer of of the world’s most popular calculators, with more than 70 million combined downloads and 11 million monthly users. Michael Hunger, caretaker of the Neo4J community, talked about how his organisation helped to unravel the Panama Papers.

Coolest Projects is supported by Intel, Microsoft, Aol, Openet, Bank of Ireland, Folens, Symantec, Virgin Media, RTE, Deloitte Digital, Salesforce, Dublin City Council and Accenture.

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