Biography

James Whelton is an Entrepreneur Out of Residence (EOR) at Polaris Partners, joining the firm in October 2013. 

He is a hacker and developer hailing from Cork, Ireland, first noted for hacking the iPod Nano in high school. He co-founded the CoderDojo movement in 2011, spreading free coding clubs across 29 countries, with tens of thousands of young people learning to code regularly. He founded the Hello World Foundation to continue developing and scaling CoderDojo around the world. At 20, James was selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2013, in addition to being the Irish Software Association Person of the Year 2013 and becoming the youngest Ashoka Fellow. With several failed and successful startups and products under his belt, he is a regular conference speaker and advises organisations and governments. When not working, James likes to find creative ways to put himself in A&E (a.k.a. the ER), often off a skateboard or wakeboard.

Honors & Memberships

Ashoka Fellow
Forbes 30 Under 30
Irish Internet Association, Person of the Year 2013
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland 2012 Impact Award Recipient

 

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