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Nov 7, 2016

CoderDojo - Support Kids Learning To Code Globally

CoderDojo Erode, India
CoderDojo Erode, India

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people.

Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.

CoderDojo grew by 74% throughout the 18 months from 1st January 2015. In the last calendar year alone (2015) the movement grew by 46%. Most importantly in this period more than 39,600 young people aged 7 to 17, located in 63 countries globally, were reached and impacted by the movement. In addition to scale and sustainability, there have been many achievements in this period. Please click here to read the CoderDojo Foundation Q3 2016/2017 Strategy.

In addition to enabling, engaging and scaling CoderDojo, events were held throughout Europe Code Week 2016 to celebrate and engage the CoderDojo community, including #EUDojo, DojoCon 2016 and MegaDojo. Click here to read more.

CoderDojo is powered by generous volunteers. This project aims to ensure our volunteers feel as supported as possible when they choose to start and run a Dojo in their local communities. Ensuring these volunteers have the resources, support, tools and knowledge to start, sustain and scale Dojos is the essence of what the CoderDojo Foundation exists to do.

By providing volunteers with the tools required, we can ensure that all Ninjas (young people who attend a Dojo) have a high quality experience at their local Dojo. This is what enablement is all about, and fundamentally it's the most important strategic area of focus.

CoderDojo, Madagascar
CoderDojo, Madagascar
CoderDojo, Nishinomiya, Japan
CoderDojo, Nishinomiya, Japan
CoderDojo, New York City, USA
CoderDojo, New York City, USA
CoderDojo, Dublin, Ireland
CoderDojo, Dublin, Ireland
CoderDojo Girl
CoderDojo Girl

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Aug 3, 2016

Celebrating 1 - 1000 in 5 Years

Coolest Projects Roundup
Coolest Projects Roundup

It's a busy time of year for all of us at CoderDojo HQ with the new Dojo term upon us soon. We're currently working on a new UI for both our CoderDojo.com website and the CoderDojo Community Platform along with lots of cool new content for both Dojos and on a new E-Learning system. 

In the meantime we've had lots to celebrate. On July 23rd it was the CoderDojo movement's 5th birthday. We will have big celebration in early September once a lot of Dojos come back from their summer break. Before our 5th birthday we also celebrated reaching the 1000 Dojos milestone. A huge achievement for a volunteer led movement which is now trully global! 

Harvey Brezina Conniffe from Wicklow was there with his web development project called “CoderDojo Start-Ups”.

“It’s a system to enable kids in CoderDojo to develop websites, get domain names and make it easier for them to learn web development and how to make websites. Once they sign up they can choose a sub domain of coder dojo. They can then either programme it in the online editor, they can link it to a website they already have or they can graphically build a placeholder page so it can be seen on the internet,” said Harvey.

Other projects on display were “My Voice” by Niall Kehoe from the CoderDojo club in Gorey, Co Wexford.

Niall made a speech enabling app which can be used to help people with speech impediments to communicate easily through pictures and their appropriate headings.

It allows users to take pictures of people, food, activities, etc and save them to their device. To communicate an item, users can tap on the item to enlarge the image and press the microphone button which will then speak the title. Over time, this allows users to build up a huge library of useful photos and words personalised to their own needs.

Without your support we would be unable to make events like Coolest Projects reach such a large scale and we would not be able to sustain and grow the 1000 Dojos in our global Community. Thank you to each and every person who has helped us achieve such success, both young and old!

Please continue to support CoderDojo where you can either by volunteering your time to a local club, starting your own Dojo or donating through Global Giving or our website! 

 

Coolest Projects Winner with her Rubix Cube Solver
Coolest Projects Winner with her Rubix Cube Solver
Participants at Coolest Projects
Participants at Coolest Projects

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May 9, 2016

CoderDojo Update - May 2016

Since our last update, we have grown substantially to 1,000 Dojos in 65 Countries worldwide. The latest county that we established a dojo in is Samoa.

Throughout early 2016 we’ve participated at a lot of events around the globe including SXSW Education (Austin, Texas), and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (Davos, Switzerland). Since March we have attended an Erasmus Plus Partner Meeting (Madrid, Spain) the Eir Junior Spiders (Dublin, Ireland), A CoderDojo MEP Ambassador meeting in Brussels and the LOGIN Conference (Vilnius, Lithuania).

We also launched our annual competition for Ninjas, the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards, which is to be held on June 18th in the RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland. This year we’re hoping that 800 projects will be entered by CoderDojo kids from all across Europe and possibly even further afield. The CoderDojo Coolest Projects values inclusive creativity above all and the categories are created so that young people of all ages and skill levels can enter.

This year for the first time Launch’d will integrate into the already amazing Coolest Projects Awards, serving as a platform for the participants of Coolest Projects to present their projects to investors, industry experts, researchers, government representatives and members of the public. The day will also feature talks from industry experts and enable businesses to build on opportunities by connecting to the growing tech sector.

Previous winners of Coolest Projects include Lexi, Harvey & Niamh. Eight-year-old blogger Lexi Schoene who has entered the blog/website category at this year’s Coolest Projects Awards with her site lexililybelle.com. Harvey Brezina Conniffe (14 years old) won an award last year for creating a phone application to alert a parent to their child’s whereabouts should they go missing. He has also designed an app that enables homeowners to check in on their personal security cameras by tweeting them – a project that was featured at SXSW and TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Niamh Scanlon (named EU Digital Girl of the year 2015), last year won for building an app to allow users of electric cars find free charging points and see whether or not they are currently available.

We have so many big plans this quarter including the development of more engaging Dojo content, with our new Content Lead, Philip. He will be dedicated to helping grow the CoderDojo learning resources internationally and provide support to all Dojos globally in terms of content.

We have also recently hired software engineer, Guillaume, who is ensuring the further development of the CoderDojo Community Platform and more.

Thank you again for supporting Dojos around the world! Continue to spread the word about CoderDojo so that we can get closer to our vision of a world where every child has the opportunity to learn to code in a safe and creative environment!

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