Learning resources

The Global Day of Coderetreat partnering with CoderDojo

14 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

When Corey announced the very first Global Day of Coderetreat, he had something bigger in mind than getting a bunch of geeks together all over the world for a day of programming. Corey’s dream was to help the software development community grow by supporting worldwide efforts to educate children (and others) about programming. During the first GDCR, Corey announced the creation of the Coderetreat Community Contribution Fund (c3f). Any GDCR sponsorship funds not used for the Global Day of Coderetreat were contributed to c3f. Later, the funds were distributed to organizations dedicated to public,… Read More

Free Access to IBM Bluemix cloud platform for Dojos to build, manage, and run apps!

14 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

What is IBM Bluemix! Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform to build, manage, and run apps of all types, including Web, Mobile, Big data, Smart devices – and many more. With Bluemix you can rapidly prototype and build cognitive apps in the cloud! Bluemix platform has the instant resources (e.g. sample code) and infrastructure (e.g. services and runtimes) you need to develop and deploy your own apps! Getting you started with Bluemix: IBMer mentoring. There is a large number of IBMers world-wide who are passionate about IT education for young people and who support CoderDojo in every… Read More

Investing in our youth to boost employment in Europe

12 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Coderdojo co-founder Bill Liao Investing in the right training and education for youth will help boost employment across Europe according to Bill Liao, co-founder of the non-profit CoderDojo clubs which teach young people how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games. Learning to embrace digital technology from a young age Europe’s policymakers can support their youngest citizens by focusing on training and educational opportunities that reflect the skill set needed to meet future labour market needs, which, according to CoderDojo co-founder Bill Liao, will be technologically-driven. CoderDojo has become a global phenomenon since it was… Read More

Young coder goes far after Coolest Projects

11 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Kathleen and her anti bullying app. Standing on stage at this summer’s CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards in DCU with 250 other young competitors, Kathleen Marie Maughan (12) did not expect her name to be called out. But it was. She won a Coolest Project award for making an anti-bullying app with the premise “six things to do if you’re bullied”. “I made an anti-bullying quiz because I always used to get bullied for being a Traveller,” she said, adding that the app took about three weeks to make and was “easy”. Read More

Web Summit told ‘kids can start firms’ while at school

6 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

EU Digital Girl of the Year and CoderDojo DCU attendee Lauren Boyle and CoderDojo Global CEO Mary Moloney at Web Summit in the RDS. School-goers should not wait until they have graduated to set up a business, Marcus Segal, entrepreneur in residence at the Web Summit and former chief operating officer of Zynga Games has said. Encouraging the thousands of school children in attendance at the Web Summit for Schools event to consider being an entrepreneur, he said: “anyone can start a company, you don’t have to wait until you’re… Read More

DojoCon 2014 – The Global CoderDojo Conference

15 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

CoderDojo Sligo proudly hosted the CoderDojo global conference in Sligo, Ireland on October 3rd and 4th.  We launched on the Friday with some insightful, humorous and thought provoking ignite talks in the beautiful surroundings of Canis Major on the Friday night with a nod to Yeats Country and a projection of W.B. Yeats in binary!  The evenings entertainment was provided by local group the “Out of Towners” while Mentors, Champions, the Foundation team and more, finally put faces to the names! Moving on to the Knocknarea Arena for Saturday, delegates were regaled with tales of massive growth –… Read More