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GET IGNITED: ZOE TONGERMAN, 14 year old Tech geek

“Being a tech geek is cool, I should know, I am one.”

14-year-old Zea is building an app to encourage people to recycle more. She explains why being a geek is cool and how tech has changed her ideas about the future
Zea Tongeman wants to encourage girls to think differently about technology.
Before I did a workshop with Little Miss Geek at my school, St Saviours and St Olaves in Elephant and Castle, I didn’t really know anything about IT.

In the workshop, Little Miss Geek brought Francesca Rosella to speak to us and show us some of her work. She is a successful fashion designer who uses technology to create unique and exciting clothes. We had a go using coding to create cool patterns on sunglasses and also put circuits onto t-shirts.

This was really what got me excited about technology because it showed me that you don’t have to be sitting at a computer screen all day typing really fast, you can be creative with it and do anything you want.

Soon after this workshop I was completely inspired and my IT teacher Mr Talbert introduced us to a competition called Apps For Good.I was ready and raring to go and me and my friend Jordan Stirbu designed an app called Jazzy Recycling.

The aim was to create an app that solved a problem and straight away we thought of recycling and how to make it fun and rewarding. As Mary Poppins says: “You find the fun and it becomes a game,” and that is exactly what our app does.

Jazzy Recycling helps you find places to recycle, what you can recycle and then lets you scan, share and get rewards for what you’ve recycled. We believe a social incentive using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can really help young people like me recycle more.

After the competition Raj Dhonota, who was on the Apprentice and is now a business consultant and an angel investor, approached us to help build the app and mentor us through our journey. We are very excited about what is to come and hope to launch it in 2014. To have people actually using our app and to know we have made a difference would be incredible, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

I used to think technology was just fixing computers and saying thing like: “have you tried turning it on and off again?” like in The I.T Crowd. But I have discovered another side to it and that you can make tech your own.

Technology is in everything now, you can do whatever you like with it. I am typing this on a computer and will send it via the internet.

So to all the girls who think tech is for boys in their bedrooms who can’t get girlfriends, we are the new generation and we can use technology as a tool to do all sorts of different things. So thank you Little Miss Geek, I’ve realised being a geek is cool!

Source: The guardian

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GET IGNITED: Kelvin Doe, 18 year old self taught Engineer

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Kelvin Doe (born 26 October 1996 in Freetown), also known as DJ Focus, is a Sierra Leonean engineer. He is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13 and building his own radio station in Sierra Leone, where he plays music and broadcasts news under the name “DJ Focus”. He was one of the finalists in GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition, in which Doe built a generator from scrap metals. Doe would constantly use discarded pieces of scrap to build transmitters, generators, and batteries, as well.
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As a result of his accomplishment, he received an invitation to the US and subsequently became the youngest person to participate in the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. His accomplishments were documented by @radical.media and presented on their corporate YouTube channel. When the video went viral, the story was picked up by CNN, NBC News, and The Huffington Post.

Doe subsequently was a speaker at TEDxTeen and lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College. In May 2013, Doe signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Canadian High Speed Service Provider Sierra WiFi.

Source: Wikipedia

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GET IGNITED: Maya Penn-14 year old entrepreneur…

14 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator, illustrator, and writer.

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ABOUT MAYA;

I am Maya Shea Penn. I’m a 14 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya’s Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I’m also really into technology! When I was about four years old my dad showed me how to take apart a computer and put it back together again, and that really started my love for technology. I’ve built my first website myself, and I’m learning JavaScript and HTML 5 so I’m really hands on in all aspects of my business. I create handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing. I have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, FOX 5 Atlanta, Black Enterprise, Etsy.com,The NRDC, The Michael Baisden Show, and many other publications. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back to the community, and the environment and it’s creatures. 10-20% of my profits go to causes that I am passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation ( I’m a member of their kids division and I write articles and add content/videos to their website.). I also write a column called Ask The Expert as a contributing writer for Livethrive.org.  I was honored as an entrepreneur at the 2012 SCLC Women’s 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards in the Youth Category. I was honored along with actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn, Actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife Latanya Richardson, CNN News Anchor Don Lemon,Rev. Al Sharpton, Justice Robert Benham and Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson. I was panelist/speaker at the economic empowerment summit at Agnes Scott College that was being presented by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for teen age girls. I also have a non-profit organization called Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet.

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Read more about Maya here; www.mayasideas.com

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