Coolest Projects Post Event Press 2015

North County leader

Balbriggan Youngsters At CoderDojo Awards

23rd June – Ireland, North County Leader

Young coders from Balbriggan were among the hundreds who gathered at the RDS on Saturday last to demonstrate apps, websites, games and even robots they made for this year’s CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards 2015.

Now in its fourth year, the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards 2015 attracted more than 500 entries from young people across Ireland and the event celebrated their creativity and coding skills. Outstanding projects included an app to tell you the safest route to get to your destination, a game to encourage cleaner seas and a website that lets kids review books.

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Coleraine CoderDojo scoops prize at global tech awards

23rd June – The UK, The Coleraine Times

A team from Coleraine CoderDojo was recently awarded runner up in the biggest youth technology event in the world, the Coolest Projects Awards.

CoderDojo is the global movement of free coding clubs for young people. It gives young people all over the world better access to the magic behind the technology that surrounds us, CoderDojo is a global community of free programming clubs.

Brothers Reuben Ackermann and Cian Ackermann (Irish Society) and Ciaran Long (Coleraine Inst) came runner up in the Games category with their stop motion animation ‘Creepers Revenge’. Reuben and Cian live in Coleraine. Ciaran lives in Portrush.

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belfast telegraph

Whizz-kids show their class at top coding event

18th June – The UK, The Belfast Telegraph

Computer coding kids from Co Londonderry have been named runners-up in the biggest youth technology event in the world.

Reuben Ackermann (11), his younger brother Cian (9), and seven-year-old Ciaran Long came second in the games category at the Coolest Project Awards in Dublin.

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CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects showcases young coder’s skills

16th June – Ireland, Silicon Republic

Saturday saw Dublin’s RDS become a showcase for coding mavens as CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects rolled into town.

The event, now in its fourth year, brought together CoderDojo ‘ninjas’ from all over Europe, who presented their codes, hacks and builds to roving panels of judges.

The wealth of talent on display was astounding, with kids as young as seven devising apps, robots and websites, many designed to make people’s lives better.

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Lost child? Irish boy creates app to keep track of children in public places

15th June – Ireland, The Irish Independent

A young genius from Dublin has invented the application which will let parents know where their kids are, as well as letting the children know where their parents are.

Entitled the Family Minder, the app was invented by Harvey Brezina Coniffe from Dublin. The easy-to-use app also notifies parents if young children attempt to exit a building they are in or enter what are called “danger zones”.

It utilises Bluetooth technology and uses tiny sensors which can be placed on badges for little children who do not own a smartphone.

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Child designers crack the code at CoderDojo awards

15th June – Ireland, The Irish Times

Darragh Walsh flashes a small electronic tag against the back of his smartphone and begins to explain how his self-designed app allows people to keep tabs on each other’s movements.

Stop listening for a second and this 11-year-old will quickly lose you. He speaks in fluent CoderDojo and he, like growing numbers of children his age, simply assumes that you can keep up.

Take a step back and Darragh’s voice trails off into the murmur of hundreds of children explaining their concepts to teams of judges at the annual Coolest Projects Awards at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday.

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Irish times

Ireland’s brightest young coders showcase their new ideas

14th June – Ireland, The Irish Times

A “private” social media site and an app that allows physically disabled people to communicate using a small physical movement were some of the projects on show at the RDS this weekend.

The 4th annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects awards attracted hundreds of Ireland’s best young coders to the event.

More than 500 projects were on display, which included an app for journalists to get videos of interviewees when they could not meet face to face, a social networking site that keeps data safe and a game to kill zombies.

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