An online platform teaching school children how to manage money has been named as the overall winner of the Creative Minds Hackathon at the DCU Ryan Academy in Dublin this evening.

The hackathon - organised by the Academy and the US Embassy - saw 120 young people from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the US competing to find solutions to social problems.

The winning project - Educa$hion - involves an online banking platform for children to learn about budgeting and banking.

One of the team behind the idea, Finn Murphy, said the group would now be talking to banks and credit unions to see if the project could be rolled out.

He said the project was about giving children a practical way to learn about finance.

15 teams competed over the weekend to find solutions to social problems using entrepenurial and business skills. 

The projects include modular apartments for students, an online communication platform to help young people choose a third-level course and a system to help lawyers representing LGBT asylum seekers.

The hackathon is organised by DCU's Ryan Academy in partnership with the US Embassy, as part of the Embassy's "Creative Minds" series of events.

The aim of the hackathon is to strengthen cross-border dialogue