Aoibheann Mangan

Joint European Digital Girl of the Year (11-14yrs)

Aoibheann is 11 years old and a longtime advocate of girls in technology. She has spoken out for broadband equality in Ireland (where she lives, there is no broadband). She was named one of this year’s European Digital Girls of the Year in the 11-14 age category.

Aoibheann is a CoderDojo mentor, and has been a Youth Zone facilitator. She ran workshops at Mozfest in London in 2016 and 2017, has given workshops at Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam, and coded in the EU Parliament with EUDojo as part of EU Code Week. She also ran EU Code Week events in Mayo for adults and children alike. She has presented at TeachMeets, and gave an interactive presentation at the Computers in Education Society conference In Dublin City University this year.

Aoibheann has made four websites to date, winning a People of the Year and Pride of Ireland award for a website created with a friend to promote farm safety for kids. Her other websites are all largely based on STEM and aimed at kids and teachers who want to start learning Scratch and how to use a Raspberry Pi. For these websites, she has won three Eir Junior Spider awards and a Tech Week National Scratch award.

Last June, Aoibheann won an award at Coolest Projects for a set of dolls she created that hook up to a Pi and interact with a Scratch project she coded, to show children going into hospital the types of the things they may encounter, preparing them for tests and operations they may need. She is currently developing this further with the aim of helping children at her local hospital.