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Conor Begley

Age:18

GOALS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Founder of Quick Com Technologies, Special Prize Winner of CoderDojo Coolest Projects 2015, RIBI Young Citizen Award 2015, BTYSTE Analog Devices Award

17-year-old Conor Begley from County Louth in Ireland is the creator of Quick Com, a communication aid that allows severely disabled people to communicate and interact by small movements such as twitching a muscle or bending a joint. The inspiration for the project came from his aunt Fiona, a severe cerebral palsy patient, who is confined in a wheelchair with no ability to speak. Determined to improve her communication, which involved an inconvenient rudimentary spelling system through which she would be asked questions relating to letters of the alphabet, Quick Com now allows Fiona to communicate simply by raising her eyebrows. In the future, Conor hopes to set up "The Fiona Foundation,” a non-profit organization which will provide the Quick Com system for a low cost or for free. Through his work with Quick Com, Conor Begley has won the Technology Student award at BT Young Scientist, as well as the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Young Citizen Award in 2015. He was invited to attend the Liberty Global Tech Summit in Amsterdam last year, where he modified his system to work with television boxes during the Appathon event.

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