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Cybersmarties makes National Award shortlist



Cybersmarties makes National Award shortlist – Cybersmarties – Brendan Woodage, Diarmuid Hudner and Wenqian Xu Picture: Adrian Butler

Diarmuid Hudner, of Cybersmarties, a social network designed for primary schoolchildren, is in the running for the annual Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award.

More than 170 entries were received to the competition, with Diarmuid one of just 50 people invited to attend a special bootcamp in Dublin’s RDS.

At the bootcamp Diarmuid received expert coaching during workshops and talks specially designed to further the understanding of business methods such as fundraising, branding, media and networking. Diarmuid was given 15 minutes to pitch his project to a panel of judges.




Following the bootcamp Diarmuid was among 17 other applicants who were chosen to proceed to the next stage of the selection process.

This year the concert till offer €420,000 in direct funding to nine social entrepreneurs. In addition to this funding , direct support valued at €180,000 will be made available to successful applicants ensuring that they are equipped to bring their vision to fruition as soon as possible and have a positive impact on their respective communities and beyond.

Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in October 2016.

Diarmuid and is also in line for a similar Bank of Ireland sponsored prize.

Cybersmarties is similar to existing social networks such as Facebook. Similar to Facebook the site has like, share and commenting functions. The network is aimed at primary school aged children from the ages of 6 – 12. No adults are allowed on the site, however school teachers act as ‘moderators’, and as a way to verify the identity of children signing up. aims to be a safe and fun place on the internet for children, eliminating the risk of cyberbullying from an early age.

To like Cybersmarties on Facebook click here.
To follow Cybersmarties on Twitter click here.
To learn more or visit Cybersmarties own website click here. 
For more stories about anti-bullying campaigns click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.