One Rule: “Be Cool”

“CoderDojo is free, not a free ride!” ~ Bill Liao

Wifi for IADT : Username: coderdojo1 – Password: september17 (or may still be september16)

Some guidelines (for everyone!) as to what’s cool:

– Be positive and kind!
– Engage with people, make new friends.
– Chat away, not too loudly as others may be concentrating.
– Help each other – you can mentor at any age.
– Ask for help from people around you before asking a mentor. “Ask 3 before me“.
– Talk about ideas.
– Stay involved.
Stuff you can do elsewhere – such as watching videos or playing games – do it elsewhere!
Ask a mentor before looking at a YouTube video as a learning tool. 
– Make sure what you’re doing would be ok with your parents/teachers.
– Let a mentor know if something inappropriate appears on your computer.
– Let us know if you can’t make a session.
– Any form of bullying is not cool.
– If you have any concerns, let a mentor know.
– Please appreciate that the mentors volunteer their time! 

Thanks and enjoy CoderDojo!

Edtech hackathon weekend Fri 13 – Sun 15 Nov

Startup Weekend

This hackathon aims to connect educators and entrepreneurs to discuss challenges in education and learning and is being run by volunteers / edtech enthusiasts.

More information here:

Starts: 5.30 pm Friday 13 November

Place:  Bank of Ireland, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin

Who: Educators, entrepreneurs, developers and designers come together to tackle challenges in education and learning. Only one weekend to create a product to solve problems for schools and colleges, students and parents, and all of us, lifelong learners.
The winner may just have a real shot at getting education-focused company off of the ground, so come join us!

[Note for mentors: 50% Discount on the €40 price available, contact Sandra for code]



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!

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