CoderDojo Ninjas, applications for Web Summit 2015 is open!

Message from CoderDojo –

Hi there,

Irish CoderDojo youth members will once again have the opportunity to showcase their awesome projects at the Dublin Web Summit in the RDS from 3rd – 5th November! There will also be an opportunity for Ninjas to see talks from the speaker lineup during the day and experience Irelands largest tech event firsthand.

The deadline for applications for the Web Summit 2015 is approaching fast and there are limited spaces available! CoderDojo Ninjas have until 12 midnight (GMT) on October 20th to apply to showcase their projects at the event.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Ninjas and is not to be missed. If you have any questions please contact:

Thank you very much!

#EUDojo – CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire at the European Parliament, Brussels!

We had an amazing day in Brussels on Wednesday 30th September at the EUDojo. This was the second time the event has been run, and we were delighted that out of the 30 odd ninjas attending (5 from Ireland), 2 were from Dun Laoghaire, and both Max and Neri did us proud, with Neri presenting a project on the day!

It was a very early start, leaving home at 4 am for a 6.40 am flight from Dublin Airport. Mentors Ossian Smyth (Max’s dad @smytho) and Toby Mole @TobyMole and myself (Sandra Maguire @SandraMaguire) were delighted to have the opportunity to assist on the day. Sean Kelly MEP was our host in the European Parliament, and he greeted us at the European Parliament, which is a really stunning set of buildings. We put on our official t-shirts, had lunch, and then headed into a truly spectacular room to get set up for our CoderDojo session.

The word was out, and before long a number of MEPs arrived, anxious to find out what they could learn about coding from a crowd of young people who aren’t even old enough to vote! I think it’s fair to say that they were very impressed, very very quickly!

The sponsors were Liberty Global, Microsoft, SAP, Salesforce and Google – and it was a great opportunity for the ninjas to show how they are addressing real world problems from such a young age – people in very senior positions were utterly blown away by the clever ideas from ninjas so very much younger than them!

Our session went on until 3 pm, after which we wandered over to the famous “Manneken Pis” statue and had a quick look around the beautiful old town of Brussels. All too soon it was time to head back to the airport for our return flight home.  It’s hard to put into words how incredible a day it was, watching kids from different countries being brought together by a love of coding, but hopefully the photographs below will give you a flavour of an incredibly special day!

P.S. We weren’t able to get back in time for the Wednesday evening session of course, so many thanks to Francis Reed (@francisreed) for sharing details of the day with the group in our absence!


Coolest Projects 2015 – 2 winners from Dun Laoghaire!

Well, everyone was a winner really, it was a fantastic day at the Coolest Projects in the RDS on 13th June, with about 650 ninjas showing off 500 projects!

We were especially pleased to have two winners from Dun Laoghaire, with Lexi Schoene receiving the RTE overall Design Award, and Fionan O Ceallaigh receiving an Openet Innovators Stage Award.

There are some great photos from the CoderDojo Foundation available by clicking here.

We particularly like this photo of CoderDojo Founder James Whelton with Fionan

and this one of Lexi being awarded her prize onstage 🙂

We have a lot of photos from the day and hope to get these uploaded as soon as we deal with a little technical issue!

Some press coverage:

Irish Times: Child designers crack the code at CoderDojo awards
Seven-year-old wins overall prize in design category at Coolest Projects Awards

Tech Central: CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards brings out best in young programmers

Silicon Republic: CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects showcases young coders’ skills




Upcoming competitions

Inver Think Tank Competition 2015

A great competition for all Schools /Youth Clubs/ Projects and great prizes. It is for all young people 12-18 years.
Closing date 18th September (website currently says competition is closed, but it’s not!).
This competition is an exciting opportunity to take on the ‘Apps for Change’ Challenge.
The competition has an easy 5 step process –
1. Come up with an idea for a mobile app (your group doesn’t have to develop an app) that can highlight an important issue, solve a problem or help your community.
2. Tell us about the idea by completing a project proposal form
3. Draw a plan of you your app will look on a mobile screen
4. Record a short 90 – 120 second video selling your idea to us
5. Upload the project online
There are great prizes on offer including computers for your group, an ipad, a DSLR Camera and the chance for students to attend a mobile app workshop at the TechSpace Creative TechFest in October 2015.

Google Science Fair 2015  – closing date for entries 18 May 2015

From Wikipedia:

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition sponsored by Google, Lego, Virgin Galactic, National Geographic and Scientific American. The first ever Google Science Fair was announced in January 2011; all entries were due at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on April 7, 2011 and judging occurred in July 2011. The competition is open to 13–18 year old students* around the globe, who formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results. All students must have an internet connection and a free Google Account to participate, and the projects must be in English, German, Italian, Spanish, or French. The final submission must include ten sections, which are the summary, an “About Me” page, the steps of the project, and a works cited page.

Entries are judged on eight core criteria, which include the student’s presentation, question, hypothesis, research, experiment, data, observations, and conclusion. Prizes are awarded to three finalists. The grand prize includes a National Geographic trip to the Galapagos Islands, a US$50,000 scholarship, and an “experience” at a sponsoring organization; finalists will receive a US$25,000 scholarship and assorted packages from sponsoring organizations. While Larry Page and Sergey Brin were PhD students at Stanford University in California, they created Google in January 1996 as a research project; Google employee Tom Oliveri highlighted the company’s early days: “Science fairs help students to explore their vision and curiosity through science. Our company was founded on an experiment. We firmly believe that science can change the world,” he stated.

*Open to entrants aged 13 to 18 (born between 19 February 1996 and 18 February 1999 inclusive)