Entrepreneur, Journalist & Public Speaker
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At just twenty-three years old, the Irish award-winning entrepreneur and journalist Harry McCann 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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Why Ireland is becoming a 'toxic environment' for young people
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 him the support of international 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. For six years, the youth council helped give young people a voice in STEM and Education. While under his leadership, the council formed partnerships with Accenture, Twitter, Facebook, and other industry leaders, including the Irish Government and European Commission. This innovative model, which Harry spent years developing, 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 an influential voice in youth affairs. As an advisor to both the European Union and the Irish Government, Harry has helped shape many important digital strategies and policies across Europe. He has received several awards in recognition of this work, including the JCI Outstanding Young Persons Award.
As a journalist, Harry has established himself as one of the most recognisable youth voices in the Irish media. He contributes to several national television and radio shows and regularly writes op-ed columns for the Irish Independent and thejournal.ie. As one of only twelve young journalists selected by the European Commission, Harry is also a member of the European Pool of Young Journalists.
While also pursuing several business and journalistic interests, Harry achieved an upper second class honours degree in Digital Humanities and Information Technology at the University College Cork, where he was awarded a full scholarship for his work in entrepreneurship and innovation. Harry also recently completed a Master's in Political Communications at Dublin City University (DCU).
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Keynote Speaker & MC
His storytelling, passion, humour and youthful desire to inspire have enabled Harry to travel the world speaking about what he loves.
As one of the most sought-after international youth speakers, Harry has spoken at over two-hundred events spanning ten countries and reaching over a quarter of a million attendees.
Harry uses his expertise and experience to engage audiences on a wide range of topics, such as education, youth, our digital society, communications, the future of work, European affairs, and youth policy.
A seasoned speaker and MC, Harry has played a key role in events for an extensive list of clients, including the European Commission, Vodafone, Twitter, and The City of Helsinki.