A lot of my previous blog posts talk about a lack of general internet know-how and what is or should be being done to bridge the gap and facilitate knowledge transfer. This post is dedicated to those out there in the big wide world who take it upon themselves to achieve great things…

Nick D’Aloisio, a young lad born in Wimbledon taught himself how to code at just 12 years old and has gone on to become the youngest person ever to receive venture capitol funding.

It was when Nick was revising for his GCSEs, scouring the internet for relevant news articles, that the shear volume of sources overwhelmed him.  Nick felt an app that could summarize all the relevant content into a few succinct paragraphs and could fit and be read on any device, would help youngsters digest the content of numerous articles.

Summly is Nicks brainchild and is being backed by some major celebs- Ashton Kutcher, Stephen Fry, Yoko Ono and even News Corp is on board.

After the apps debut it had already received 150,000+ downloads, check out the Summly video below and see if you aren’t tempted to download it!


Attitudes to coding are changing slowly but surely. More and more young people are becoming interested in the field, and stories like this are only helping to draw attention to the fact that developing games, apps and websites isn’t something that is restricted to those with x experience. If you can code and you are innovative, great things can be achieved.

Keep coding folks!

By Steve

15 / 11 / 2012


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