A 16-year-old student from Belfast has proven his entrepreneurial worth by coming up with an invention which means that you’ll never have to panic about losing USB sticks again.

Mason Robinson, who attends Ashfield Boys’ High School, has created unique software which auto syncs your files from your USB stick to cloud storage.

Mason explained the thinking behind his invention: “USB sticks are probably the most unreliable source when it comes to backing up or saving files to. The reason why? Well, they either corrupt but we mostly lose them, and it’s definitely not a good feeling when you’ve lost your whole years work with no back up. This has happened to me countless times.”

Mason added: “I realised that I wasn’t the only one who faced this. Probably in fact millions of people are faced with the problem. I knew that I had to do something about this, so I came up with the idea “I-Save”.

Mason and team

Daniel Pettinger, co-founder of I-Save, Susan Morrice, who owns Belize Natural Energy, and Mason Robinson, the owner of I-Save

He continued: “This idea won me an eight week internship at Northern Ireland Science Park along with a £2,000 prize. This may sound bad although I love hearing when people lose their USB and moaning about losing all their work, I just think to myself ‘I-Save’.

With the help of his friend Daniel Pettinger, he started a Kickstarter campaign in the hope of raising £2,000 to market the invention.

Mason launched a Kickstarter campaign for his product in March, but because of his studies he wasn’t able to give the campaign his full commitment, so he’ll be giving it his full attention again this summer.

In the meantime you can find out more about Mason’s I-Save invention here


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