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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
Jan 27, 2015

Happy New Year from CoderDojo!

Nathan & Evan with their CodeStarter Laptops
Nathan & Evan with their CodeStarter Laptops

Happy New Year from the CoderDojo Foundation Team!

We now have over 550 Dojos in 55 countries worldwide, with New Dojos being set up in China, Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past 2 months! We are currently impacting over 22,000 children on a regular basis and have over 3000 technical mentors worldwide.

Since the last report, we have expanded our partnership with CodeStarter to provide laptops to children in Dojos located in underserved areas WORLDWIDE! Before Christmas some Foundation members delivered the first international batch of laptops to the Deansrath Dojo in Dublin.

In December, the pilot for our Recommended Practice project ended. Recommended Practice helps Dojos, both new and old, around the world to adhere to best practice guidelines. Upon review, we will be rolling out our final principles and guidelines out to our 500+ Dojos worldwide which will help them create the best environment for kids to learn how to code. From an initial pilot of 30 Dojo we are delighted that we now have 13 Dojos aligned.

CoderDojo have also participated in many events in the past few months, including the BT Young Scientist Exhibition (BTYSE) in Dublin, which has helped us to attract New Organisers & Mentors for Dojos and more attendees for existing Dojos. At BTYSE CoderDojo Ninjas showed off their latest projects to the 10,000 attendees and the team ran HTML lessons for the aspiring scientists exhibiting and attending the showcase.

For more information about what we have been up to check out our Q4 report in the link below.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our new and ongoing donors for supporting CoderDojo over the holiday period! We hope you will continue to support our vision of giving every child in the world the opportunity to learn how to code in a safe and creative environment. We would love if you could also inform your friends, family or colleagues about our work and encourage them to support us too!

CoderDojo HTML Session @ BTYSE
CoderDojo HTML Session @ BTYSE

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