Events

Learnings from DojoCon Belgium 2018

23 November 2018 · by Philip Harney

Last Saturday I attended DojoCon Belgium. Here, I got to meet lots of members of the Belgian CoderDojo community. I attended some very interesting talks and workshops and sampled some delicious Belgian snacks. I’d like to thank the CoderDojo Belgium community for inviting me and for their hospitality while I was there.   The event had a packed schedule, with almost thirty talks or workshops taking place throughout the day. I only wish I could have been in several places at once. However, I had to make some hard choices!  I got to… Read More

DojoCon 2018 in the medieval city of Kilkenny

7 November 2018 · by CoderDojo

The medieval city of Kilkenny in southeast Ireland was the location of a decidedly future-oriented event on the weekend of 20 October: DojoCon 2018 took place in Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel. Organised by CoderDojo Kilkenny, this year’s international volunteer conference spread across two floors of the hotel, and more than 400 enthusiastic champions, mentors, and other people involved in the CoderDojo movement travelled from 12 countries; Serbia, Italy, UK, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Portugal, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and Nigeria to share with and learn from each other. Local and international sponsorship Nuala McHale, Communications Manager… Read More

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