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Hamish Finlayson and LitterbugSmash

11-year-old Hamish Finlayson’s passion for the environment has inspired him to combine his love of turtles with his love of technology.

Hamish Finlayson with Ranger Dan at ReefHQ - The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Townsville.

Living on the coast in Townsville, Hamish was exposed from a young age to the damage caused to the ocean and its animals by pollution and littering. So at only 10 years of age, Hamish developed LitterbugSmash, a game for iPads that features Triple T, the turtle who cleans up trash and saves other turtles from ghost nets in the ocean. LitterbugSmash is a multimedia educational tool that encourages players to donate to charities such as Reef HQ Turtle Hospital, World Wildlife Keep Australia Beautiful and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

Hamish was fascinated by technology since he was a small child. He played on toy computers from age three, but it was when he attended a workshop with Google on code-run Lego robots, that he first developed his interest in coding. When his family bought him his own robot, his knowledge and capacity for coding grew in leaps and bounds.

The technology whiz’s love of conservation and the environment has also led him to produce a second app called Keep Calm and Save Turtles, and to create his own YouTube channel.

Hamish’s third app, which is in development now, is an interactive book that follows in the footsteps of LitterbugSmash, continuing the theme of conservation and protecting the environment.

His aim is to forge a career in the technology space, and has dreams of designing and testing games for a living.

Find out more about Hamish’s projects and apps.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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