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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 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!


Feb 5, 2016

Nearly at 900!

Young coders in Luxembourg
Young coders in Luxembourg

Welcome to 2016!

We have had a great start to the year participating in cool events such as the Irish BT Young Science and Technology Exhibition and we are currently helping out at a week long CoderDojo Camp in Turkey where kids have come from all over Turkey and Romania to participate!

We broke the 850 Dojo mark in early January and are continuing to support New Champions to set up Dojos in their area, all over the world. In addition we have just hit the 64 country mark and expect to add a 65th country very soon! Welcome to the Community Jamaica, South Korea, and Samoa!

I have attached our Q4 report to this project report so you can see more of what we have been up to!

Thanks once again for all your support. You are helping to inspire and encourage young people all over the world and you are giving more young people the chance to learn to code every day!

Please consider sharing our project with your friends and colleagues and help further scale the CoderDojo community. 


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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