Entrepreneur, Journalist, Public Speaker & Student!
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Harry McCann isn’t your typical college student. At just twenty-three-years-old, the Irish award-winning entrepreneur has established himself in the business and political world as not only a thought-leader but a powerful voice for youth across the globe.
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"Write a future you are proud to be the author of"
- Harry McCann
Just months after his fifteenth birthday, Harry made headlines around the world when he started his first business (Kid Tech) to teach children how to code. This early success earned him the title of, "Ireland's answer to Bill Gates”, and gained Kid Tech the support of celebrities such as Stephen Fry.
Building on his early success, Harry combined his passion for STEM and his experience in the technology industry to establish the first Digital Youth Council (DYC) in the world. Over the course of six years, the youth council helped to give young people a voice in STEM and Education. While under his leadership, the council formed partnerships with Accenture, Twitter, Facebook, and other major industry leaders including the Irish Government and European Commission. The innovative model which Harry spent six years building has since been replicated in the United Kingdom under the leadership of the Virgin Group.
Coinciding with his work as an entrepreneur, Harry has been a significant voice in youth affairs and in the media. As an active advisor to both the European Commission and the Irish Government, Harry has helped to shape a number of important digital strategies and policies across Europe.
As a journalist, Harry has established himself as one of the most recognisable youth voices in the Irish media. He is a regular contributor to several national television and radio shows and an op-ed columnist with the Irish Independent and thejournal.ie. He is also the producer and host of the 'Off The Fence' current affairs podcast which featured in the top twenty of the News and Commentary podcast charts this year.
Since 2015, Harry has become one of the most sought-after international youth speakers, and has spoken at over 200 events spanning ten countries and reaching over a quarter of a million attendees. From European Commission events, TEDx Talks, schools, corporate events, major conferences and everything in between, Harry's storytelling, versatility, passion and youthful desire to inspire has enabled him to travel around the world speaking about what he loves.
While also pursuing a number of business and journalistic interests, Harry achieved an upper second class honours degree in Digital Humanities and Information Technology at the University College Cork (UCC) where he was awarded a full scholarship for his work in entrepreneurship and innovation in 2017. He is also currently undertaking a Masters in Politic Communications at Dublin City University (DCU).
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