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Nov 10, 2015

Dojocon, EUDojo and Reaching 800+ Dojos

Kids teaching the adults how to code @ EUDojo!
Kids teaching the adults how to code @ EUDojo!

Summer can generally be a quiet time for Dojos as many will take a summer break but not at CoderDojo HQ. The summer saw a busy period for the team from creating amazing new content for the new term, getting ready for EUDojo and DojoCon and working hard on the redevelopment of Zen.

This year’s DojoCon took place in Derry (Sept 18 & 19) and saw 300 CoderDojo Community members from across Europe attend the event! The theme was “The Creative Coder” and their was a an awesome lineup full of exciting speakers and workshop presenters that showcased how coding is used in everything from games to art and music to fashion!

On September 30th, the third annual #EUDojo event hosted by Coder- Dojo and Seán Kelly MEP took place in the EU Parliament in Brussels. Over 60 CoderDojo Youths, Mentors, Champions and Parents from across the EU were invited to participate. The young coders from countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Italy and the UK were welcomed to Brussels to showcase their coding and technology skills and to teach some MEPs how to write a few lines of code. With ages ranging from 7 upwards, the young people amazed participants with their knowledge and ability.

We have also been updating, creating and curating lots of new content for use by both Dojos and potential new volunteers to the CoderDojo movement. You can check out all of our resources on our community Wiki, Kata.

In the past few months we have gone above and beyond 800 Dojos and we are continuing to support more volunteers to get a Dojo started in their local area!

Thanks again for all your support for these past few months! Please 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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Aug 4, 2015

Coolest Projects & Q2 with CoderDojo!

Coolest Projects winner Lexie with Presenters!
Coolest Projects winner Lexie with Presenters!

Since our last update in April, we have grown by over 50 Dojos and have opened new Dojos in 2 countries that previously did not have a Dojo. This has brought us close to 750 Dojos in 59 Countries worldwide.

Throughout the second quarter of 2015 we’ve participated at a lot of events around the globe including Tech Week Ireland, Global Scratch Day, the Salesforce World Tour (London, Paris, Munich & New York) and TEDx Matera!

We also held our annual competition for Ninjas, the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards on June 13th in the RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland. Over 500 projects were entered by CoderDojo kids from all across Europe. The CoderDojo Coolest Projects is a competition where creativity is valued above all and the categories are created so that young people of all ages and skill levels can enter.

Winners in 2015 included Harvey, 14, who created a system lets parents know where their kids are using bluetooth., Maciej, who created his own Mini-Computer and CPU to go with it and Conor, 17, who created a system to allow the physically disabled to communicate! All of our winners and participants had such amazing ideas and we can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Next quarter we have lots of events and projects keeping us busy to prepare for Dojos starting back in the new school term or for those who kept going over the summer! Remember to check out coderdojo.com for all of our latest news and to check out our resources for Dojos!

Thank you again for supporting Dojos and the CoderDojo movement around the world! Please 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!

The Coolest Projects Awards Ceremony!
The Coolest Projects Awards Ceremony!

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May 1, 2015

Nearly 700 Dojos worldwide!

Coolest Projects Launch 2015
Coolest Projects Launch 2015

Since our last update in January, we have grown by over 100 Dojos which has brought us close to 700 Dojos in 57 Countries worldwide.

 

Throughout the first quarter of 2015 we’ve participated at a lot of events around the globe including SXSW Education (Austin, Texas), the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (Milan, Italy), the Eircom Junior Spiders (Dublin, Ireland) and the Building Skill Conference (Athens, Greece).

 

We also launched our annual competition for Ninjas, the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards, which is to be held on June 13th in the RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland. This year we’re hoping that 500 projects will be entered by CoderDojo kids from all across Europe and maybe even further afield. The CoderDojo Coolest Projects is a competition where creativity is valued above all and the categories are created so that young people of all ages and skill levels can enter.

 

Previous winners of Coolest Projects include 10-year old Lauren (currently EU Digital Girl of the year), Thomas, 16, (Robot creator), and 12-year old Niamh, who last year built 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 week including the creation of more Dojo Sushi content, the development of the CoderDojo Community Platform and much 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!

CoderDojo and Codestarter at SXSW
CoderDojo and Codestarter at SXSW
 
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