EU Code Week

MEPs learn to code from CoderDojo youth at the #EUDojo!

16 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Sean Kelly MEP, Thomas and Dojo-Bot On October 14th, CoderDojo and Sean Kelly MEP hosted the second #EUDojo event, where 35 CoderDojo attendees from Dojos in Poland, Romania, Italy, the UK, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands taught MEPs to write their first line of code. The special #EUDojo in the European Parliament brought together young coders, MEPs and industry leaders from across Europe to celebrate CodeWeek.EU. During the two hour ‘reverse Dojo’ CoderDojo youth Mentors showcased their technological ability by Mentoring MEPs to build websites using HTML. MEPs that learned to make their own websites at #EUDojo included:… Read More

Sean Kelly asks EU to fund ‘CoderDojo’ youth coding clubs

13 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Sean Kelly MEP will ask the new European Commission to consider funding innovative initiatives such as ‘CoderDojo’, which was co-founded in Cork by James Whelton and Bill Liao, through the EU’s Erasmus+ funding which covers education and training for youth. CoderDojo provides an informal, fun setting for children and young people to learn how to write computer code. The South MEP made the call ahead of hosting an EU CoderDojo event in the European Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday, October 14th), featuring CoderDojo co-founder Bill Liao and Global CEO Mary Maloney, to highlight the importance of encouraging our youngest citizens… Read More

Earn your “Skill Sharer – EU Code Week” digital badge!

10 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

In association with the Mozilla Foundation, CoderDojo will be awarding the “Skill Sharer – EU Code Week” digital badge to ALL community members that have shared their coding knowledge and skills with others at their Dojo during CodeWeek.EU (11th – 17th of  Oct). These digital badges are an awesome way to show what you’ve done for others at your local Dojo. “As part of EU Code Week, you have stepped up as part of a global movement to teach web literacy.” Please not: We would ask that ONLY CoderDojo Champions fill out the form to submit… Read More

Is ‘Pink It, Shrink It’ Really the Answer?

8 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Aspiration was the second thing. The typical male ‘techie’ stereotype can turn many girls off coding. We need more female role models to inspire young girls. It can often feel daunting being the only female at a male dominated hackathon or local code club. Giustina Mizzoni from the Coder Dojo Foundation emphasised the importance of having female volunteers leading sessions. “We’ve found that Dojos with female volunteer mentors not only attract, but retain higher percentages of young girls; these mentors give young girls the opportunity to view computer science as a viable career option for them.’ Read… Read More

Join us for #EUDojo @ The European Parliament on October 14th!

5 September 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

  To mark EU Code Week, we are running a special event in the EU Parliament which will be attended by MEPs and industry leaders. During this event CoderDojo Ninjas from all over Europe will be showcasing their skills to MEPs and mentoring them so they can write their own first line of code! This event would not have been made possible without the support of CoderDojo Foundation partners Liberty Global, and event sponsors Google, Salesforce Foundation and Samsung. Get involved We are looking for mentors and Champions from all over Europe to bring young people from their… Read More