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David Hurren has developed a new educational app called Droidscript which teaches teenagers how to code and make apps, games etc. It started off as a hobby but has now reached 1million downloads and is being used all over the world.. Picture Mark Westley. (4282195)
David Hurren has developed a new educational app called Droidscript which teaches teenagers how to code and make apps, games etc. It started off as a hobby but has now reached 1million downloads and is being used all over the world.. Picture Mark Westley. (4282195)

A free educational coding app created by an Ixworth father of three has hit one million downloads worldwide.

Droidscript, which is currently available on androids, tablets and Google Chromebooks, was developed by David Hurren, of Chalk Lane, to try to combat the lack of coding teaching in schools.

“There’s a big problem in this country now because the government is trying to bring back coding lessons for young people but there are very few coders to help them,” said the 48-year-old.

“I’ve been coding for 36 years and I’ve always felt that it’s not as simple as it should be so, I made this app to make it easier.”

The app, which is already being used in schools to teach children how to make games and websites, began as a weekend project for David, who works as a coder at Softcogs Ltd, in Ixworth.

“It took off over time and started to be used all over the world. One million people have now downloaded it which is quite hard to get my head round really,” he said.

The app is aimed at people aged 12 and above, but David has also developed an easier version for younger children.

He now has further plans to develop the app and is currently looking for an educational partner to join him in the venture. He has also approached both Microsoft and Google for investment.

“I want to push it out to iPhones but I just don’t have the budget or the time to do that right now,” he said. “I need help from other people to take it to the next level because it just can’t happen on my own.”