Teens create an app that posts across several social networks at once

25 Jun 2014

CoderDojo pals Cian Martin Bohan and Cormac Kinsella at the launch of their new app, Open Share

Two CoderDojo pals, Cian Martin Bohan and Cormac Kinsella, 13 and 14 respectively, have created an app that allows a user to share a post across several social networks at the same time.

Their app, Open Share, works across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Viber, Gmail, Tumbler and SMS.

Open Share is available in the Google Play store and a version is coming to iOS and Windows Phone before the end of the year.

The two pals were regulars at the CoderDojo coding club since it began in Drogheda three years ago, and they spent more than a year working on their app.

Cian and Cormac collaborated at CoderDojo, stayed over at their homes in Drogheda and Dundalk for all-night coding sessions, and collaborated over a distance using Face Time and Skype to get their app to market.

Drogheda CoderDojo founder and local tech entrepreneur Graham O’Rourke recognised the teens’ achievement and said, “You both have worked so hard to get to your first commercial launch … remember be proud and if you need to pivot, you will succeed!”

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