Women Who Read Succeed: Aoibheann Mangan
March is Women’s History Month. At Lexplore, we will highlight the achievements of several women in a variety of fields, focusing on those whose journeys have been influenced by technology and literacy.
Aoibheann Mangan, now 14 years old, is from a remote area in Ireland. At the age of 8, she co-developed a website to teach kids about farm safety. Where she lived, she was often unable to access Wi-Fi. Her mother would drive her to a grocery store parking lot every evening so she could access their Wi-Fi to continue to teach herself how to code.
In 2017, she created an app for her best friend Grace, to ease her fears about going to the hospital. Grace was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. Aoibheann created the Lottie App to give kids real information about hospital visits to make them less scary. Aoibheann was named European “Digital Girl of the Year” in 2017 for creating the app and for inspiring young girls to take an interest in STEM.
Grace and Aoibheann’s story caught the attention of Lottie dolls, a company that makes dolls designed to empower kids. They created the True Hero Hospital doll, complete with a superhero cape and teddy bear. The doll comes in a box, marked with a QR code that takes you to the app.
At Lexplore, we recognize and honor Aoibheann Mangan as a true role model for her compassion, empathy, and commitment to STEM!