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Oct 10, 2018

Creating an infrastructure for Innovation

CoderDojo Foundation
CoderDojo Foundation's Docklands Dojo

Can you believe we have now reached 1,932 Dojos in 110 countries across the world? In September alone we verified 61 Dojos. Excitingly, we saw our very first Dojos registered in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and the Cayman Islands. With such a far-flung community, it's really important that we provide the right tools and support systems to allow Dojos around the word to flourish and create.

Our team has been busy doing just that. Zen, our community platform, has been serving our global community for years. It helps them find mentors and manage their events, it has grown from a small experiment into a much bigger project. Our development team has been working hard to improve user experience by building Zen a brand new homepage for parents, champions, and volunteers when they log in. To read more about the work click on our link below!

As you know, CoderDojo is based on an open-source model. We want as many people to access coding resources to help them create, for free! To make this even easier and more fun, we have migrated most of our educational content to Raspberry Pi's central project site linked below.

What this means is - More projects for everyone, easier to search platform, and projects available in more languages (26 languages and counting!) We have a great translation project on the go with an army of volunteer translators supporting our team to localise more resources. If you have some language skills and fancy volunteering, here's a link to a sign-up form.

We've published a report here on our activities for the first half of this year available in our 'about' section on our website. Our Q3 report is due to be published later this month. As always keep an eye on our news page for more stories from our community.

So that's some of the things that have been happening behind the scenes. Out loud in the open, we had a fabulous time at our first North America edition of Coolest Projects at the Discovery Cube in Orange County, California.

I think this parent testimony we got back sums the event up nicely - "It was absolutely amazing!!!!!! My child found his tribe. He was so excited and is already planning his next project. This was one of the best events I have ever gone to for children/teens and I am so glad that we had a chance to come! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!"

Finally, we are strongly committed to increasing female participation in our global movement. As part of this, at our birthday this year, we have made the pledge to train 5,000 female mentors by 2021 to proactively ensuring there are more female role models worldwide.

Thank you for your continued support of our worldwide movement of community-led coding clubs!

Zen Homepage
Zen Homepage
New Projects Site Homepage
New Projects Site Homepage
Young people at Coolest Projects North America
Young people at Coolest Projects North America
CoderDojo Birthday Celebration
CoderDojo Birthday Celebration

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Jul 13, 2018

CoderDojo - A grassroots phenomenon!

Young Coolest Projects Participant & LED Cube
Young Coolest Projects Participant & LED Cube

For young people across the world, The Coolest Projects showcase in Dublin is an annual highlight where they get to connect with their peers and share the wonderful creations they've been working on in Dojos and Code Clubs around the world. It's hard to believe how young this movement is that has grown from 1 Dojo to over 1800 worldwide. Just this week we celebrated our 7th Birthday and had some very special visitors come to see a Dojo in Action (see photos).

As CoderDojo and the Coolest Projects movement grows in popularity, there have been several exciting regional events over the past number of months.

On April 22nd, our product manager Conor travelled over to visit Coolest Projects Belgium, where 91 young people built 64 projects, the event was supported by over 100 Volunteers with over 3,000 visitors attending the three-hour event. There was a rich diversity of projects, some had live chickens, others tackled water conservation, showcased football playing robots, or walking sticks that can sense the world for you

The very first Coolest Projects UK happened on April 28th (check out the great highlights video) and brought together young digital creators from the UK Raspberry Pi community. Earlier this year we opened up all Coolest Projects events run by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to all young makers who attend Code Clubs, Dojos and Raspberry Jams. Over 40 projects were showcased by 65 young people. Their project ranged from unicorn games built in Scratch to cracker-and-cheese dispensers powered by Raspberry Pis. 300 visitors engaged in cool hands-on-making activities, such as 3D printing, and enjoyed sitting back and watching the live shows and demos hosted by Greg Foot and Neil Montaro.

Coolest Projects Sofia was hosted on the 12th of May in the Telerik Academy by CoderDojo Bulgaria and the National Digital Alliance with the support of CoderDojo Foundation hosting over 100 projects. These regional events help connect our global community. Young people from Dojos across 15 different countries globally participated in the International Showcase in Dublin were over 650 projects were showcased to 5,000 visitors.

Check out our blog and fantastic highlights videos to get a great idea of the scale and creativity of all these events.

We are currently inviting our North American community to participate in the first ever Coolest Projects in the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, California on September 23. To ensure, as many young people aged 7 to 17 can showcase their work we have a travel bursary to support their attendance that is open for submission until July 31st open to young people in North America.

Wow - there has been a lot happening! While there is lots more coming up, one final bit of news we'll finish with this time is that we have launched a really exciting free online course hosted on Futurelearn.com which helps community members to 'Start a CoderDojo Club'. We have waiting lists in lots of regions for Dojos so we created this course for anyone who is interested in enabling young people to be tech creators. Parents, teachers, librarians, IT professionals, youth workers and more have all started clubs in their community. Those who have note how 'it's an amazing experience that led [them] to expand [their] personal horizons' and that they 'find it really rewarding' The course is open free and open to all, so if you are interested or know someone who might be we encourage you to check it out!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting CoderDojo
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting CoderDojo
Start a Dojo Course
Start a Dojo Course
Coolest Projects Award Ceremony
Coolest Projects Award Ceremony
Winner of Hardware Category CP International
Winner of Hardware Category CP International
Coolest Projects UK Participant
Coolest Projects UK Participant

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Apr 12, 2018

CoderDojo - Creating resources for our community

Coolest Projects 2018 launch
Coolest Projects 2018 launch

2018 has kicked off to a great start, we've been busy responding to community demand for new resources. In January our education team produced a new Idea Generation and This set of worksheets help Ninjas design and build their project. It guides Ninjas through each step of the design process with prompts and questions to fill in along the way. This guide aims to assist Ninjas in working through project ideas for Coolest Projects. Our community growth is on target and we are global community consists of 1,721 Dojos across 90+ countries around the world! What an amazing achievement

We are also delighted to announce that the first UK Coolest Projects event is happening in OverHere venue in London the 28th of April - we'll look forward to seeing the fantastic projects Ninjas will showcase there.

As an organisation we are data-driven a summary and future actions for CoderDojo included: We need to undertake deeper research into the motivations of the volunteer community; we want to test large-scale volunteer recruitment initiatives; redevelop and restructure all support and starter content; continue work on, and evaluation of, our Girls initiative in order to recruit more female mentors.

CoderDojo Coolest Projects 2018

With over 1000+ young people having registered over 700 projects already, 2018 will see the biggest Coolest Projects, to date,  taking place on the 26th of May. This year we are expecting over 15,000 attendees to attend Coolest Projects. This is a global showcase that inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers and entrepreneurs. This year, for the first time, Coolest Projects will be run as an initiative of the CoderDojo Foundation, with support from a dedicated team of volunteers! The CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase offers young people from the international CoderDojo Community the opportunity to present the projects they have created at their local CoderDojo. It is both a competition and exhibition to showcase, inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and technology skills in youth innovators aged 7 – 17.

Case Studies and research:

Kavi and her smart Lifestyle app

CoderDojo Annual Survey

Jeroen's app to welcome refugees

New Design thinking resource

Annual Survey results

Jeroen being interviewed about his refugee App
Jeroen being interviewed about his refugee App
Code Bus Madagascar
Code Bus Madagascar
CoderDojo Erode, India
CoderDojo Erode, India

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