Events

A new homepage for Zen

19 September 2018 · by Conor Murphy

Conor, Product Manager. Zen, our community platform, has been serving hundreds of Dojos for several years now by helping them find mentors and manage their events. It has grown from a small experiment to a much bigger project, and because big projects need a bit more structure, we’ve spent a few weeks giving Zen a much needed homepage for parents, champions and volunteers when they log in. Say hello to the new zen homepage! A parents dashboard   Why did we build a dashboard? First of all the community told us to; such as Remon… Read More

4 future-proof skills, and how Dojos promote them

19 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Thanks to the TriValley CoderDojo team for letting us adapt a blog post written by Dojo volunteer, Kalyn, so we can share their insights here. You can read their post on the TriValley CoderDojo website. CoderDojo is unique in many ways, not least of which is that, beyond coding and confidence with technology, it fosters a variety of so-called soft skills. Such skills help people successfully navigate their environment, effectively perform tasks, and interact meaningfully with others, Although… Read More

Three things I learned at the Scratch Conference

28 August 2018 · by Christina

At the end of July, I attended the Scratch Conference at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. This event brought together individuals from all over the world to discuss and share best practices around helping children to create and learn with coding. CoderDojo had a poster session along with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. A little over a year ago, CoderDojo merged with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, so it was great to represent and share about how these two foundations have come together to create spaces for… Read More

CoderDojo Girls Initiative: Our Birthday Commitment

18 July 2018 · by Giustina Mizzoni

Today, with the help of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!), we’re making a commitment to recruit 5000 new female volunteers into the CoderDojo movement. We used our seventh birthday party as an opportunity to highlight the CoderDojo Girls Initiative and focus on the huge, global effort that our community of volunteers makes to increase the percentage of girls in their Dojos. To date, the CoderDojo movement has helped more than 60000 girls learn how to code and create for free in a fun, social environment. Our ultimate goal is to reach gender parity… Read More

Celebrating 7 Years of CoderDojo: A Royal Occasion

12 July 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Yesterday we celebrated 7 years since the first ever Dojo session in Cork. As part of our birthday celebrations we invited Ninjas from Dojos across Ireland to attend and participate in the party. We played pass the parcel and other fun birthday themed games to celebrate before getting down to coding! While some children used our idea generation worksheets to come up with their own project ideas, others decided to stick to the birthday theme and make this fun cake project or tried creating random sparkles on Sense HATs. As well as children involved in CoderDojo attending… Read More

Four of the insightful speakers at DojoCon 2018!

6 July 2018 · by Nuala McHale

We’re excited to announce four more speakers from the exciting lineup of education and industry experts who will share their insights at this years DojoCon. The conference offers current and potential CoderDojo volunteers the opportunity to meet each other, hear from inspiring innovators, as well as trial out first-hand some of the practical programming applications they can develop in their local club to inspire young creators.   This year’s CoderDojo community conference is set in the beautiful city of Kilkenny, Ireland and will take place from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st of October 2018. Those scheduled… Read More