Launching CoderDojo Coolest Projects

CoderDojo in conjunction with the Hello World Foundation and supporters Intel and UPC are delighted to announce the third annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards will be taking place on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June at the Helix, Dublin City University (DCU). This event aims to encourage, celebrate and showcase creativity among members of the CoderDojo community.

Coderdojo. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

DCU Dojo attendees Tom & Niamh with Magnus Ternsjo CEO of UPC Ireland, Noel King CoderDojo Coolest Projects Leader and Paul Phelan Operations Director Corporate Affairs EMEA Intel

Inspired by Creativity

We are inviting young coders from the CoderDojo Community to come and showcase their projects. This event is all about the members and is a celebration of what they have achieved and created in their local Dojo. Last year ten year old Ryan Sheridan, of DCU CoderDojo won in the ‘website’ category by using the HTML and CSS knowledge he learned at CoderDojo to create his site “Skate Parks in Dublin” which shows details and photos of various skate parks. This is the creativity that the Coolest Projects is all about encouraging.

This year we are delighted to welcome  Liberty Global / UPC to the CoderDojo supporter community, with their support we have been able to expand the reach of the event to include projects from European Dojos. We are excited to see members from Dojos across Ireland and Europe come together to showcase their Coolest Projects.

Coderdojo. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

DCU Dojo attendees James, Thomas & Niamh with  Magnus Ternsjo, CEO of UPC Ireland and Noel King CoderDojo Coolest Projects Leader

Rewarding skill

Intel a long time supporter of the Coolest Projects Awards are coming on board to provide all prizes again for the 2014 Awards. Every level of technical skill is welcome and rewarded and projects across seven categories are invited; Scratch, Websites, Apps, HTML games, Advanced Languages, Enterprise and Other. Projects will be ranked for not only the complexity and usability of the project but also using a ‘cool’ factor assessment criteria, similar to the one rule of CoderDojo: “be cool!”.

In addition to inspirational talks by industry leaders, the event will include workshops in how to build your own apps and more. Follow the Coolest Projects on twitter for more updates on the event.

Coderdojo. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

DCU Dojo attendees James, Tom & Niamh with  Magnus Ternsjo & Paul Phelan

About CoderDojo

CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people between 5 – 17 years old.  At a Dojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. Dojos are set up, run and taught by volunteers. Dojos make development and learning to code a fun, sociable and kick ass experience. As of March 2013 there were over 350 Dojos either actively running or in planning in 38 countries reaching over 12,000 children monthly. CoderDojo is supported by the Hello World Foundation, a charitable organisation set up by CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton to scale and support the movement on a global level.

To join your local CoderDojo, you can find your nearest one from this list. If there is not a CoderDojo near you, would you be interested in setting one up? For more information check out http://coolestprojects.org.

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