13-year-old Irish coder and CEO to address the titans of Silicon Valley

2 May 2013

Jordan Casey, CEO of Casey Games

Jordan Casey, a 13-year-old from Waterford who taught himself how to write code and who at 12 was one of the youngest entrepreneurs to publish an app in the App Store, is to speak at the prestigious 20th TiEcon conference in California where he will impart the lessons of a CEO to the CEOs of LinkedIn, Amazon, Netfix, PayPal and many others.

Casey, the CEO of Casey Games, first came to our attention just over a year ago when he published his first game, Alien Ball Vs Humans on the Apple App Store. An article about Casey on Siliconrepublic.com led to JWT inviting him to be a guest panelist at the Cannes Lions Festival for Creativity in Communications last June.

It was while at Cannes that a representative for Brazilian advertising agency Fabrica Brasil approached Casey and asked him to develop an Android game called Save the Day to mark International Children’s Day in Brazil.

Since then, Casey has been hard at work with UK coder Aidan Blackett to develop what is one of the first virtual worlds to emerge out of Ireland, Food World.

Jordan is constantly in demand as a conference speaker. Over the past few months, he has spoken in Germany, England, France and India. He is just back from Amsterdam, where he was invited to both the Festival of Games and the TNW Europe conference, labelled Europe’s most influential tech event. And while in California, he has been invited to visit Adobe headquarters in San Jose.

And now Casey has been invited to speak at the prestigious 20th Annual TiEcon conference, to be held in Santa Clara, California. Jordan is the youngest entrepreneur ever to speak at the conference and he will address the 4,000 delegates on ‘Things I learned the hard way as a young CEO’.

TiEcon is one of the world’s largest conferences for entrepreneurs and takes place on 17 and 18 May.

TiE is a global not-for-profit organisation focused on fostering and enabling entrepreneurship through mentoring, education and networking. The main speakers include Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn; Sajai Krishnan, GM of Amazon Web Services; Satya Nadella, president of Server & Tools Business at Microsoft, while other speakers are from Netflix, Pay Pal, IBM, Intel, ESPN, Facebook, Twitter and Ericsson.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years