Coolest Projects Awards 2014

Coolest Projects Award 2014 – What an event, over 250 projects with entries coming from as far as Poland and Romania, as well as a similar event being hosted on the same day in Silicon Valley! Bill Liao gave a fantastic opening speech encouraging all Coderdojo Ninja’s to get out there and form their own Dojo’s! Well done DCU!

Excitement builds as the event is about to be officially opened...
Excitement builds as the event is about to be officially opened…

After the opening it was full steam ahead with the judging with entrants having worked hard with their Projects including Scratch games, Websites, HTML5 games, Arduino projects and much more.

More of the Scratch room
More of the Scratch room
Part of the Scratch room at Coolest Projects
Part of the Scratch room at Coolest Projects

Here’s some projects we were blown away by….

Jake O'Toole of CoderDojo DCU with his app "Tech Made Easy" made with HTML, CSS & Javascript
Jake O’Toole of CoderDojo DCU with his app “Tech Made Easy” made with HTML, CSS & Javascript
Kathleen Marie Maughan of Deansrath whose Scratch project on Anti Bullying was inspired by her own experiences; Bill Liao was quoted in the Irish Independent as being "as particularly touched and humbled by Kathleen Maughan who was "intent on assisting others who suffer what she has suffered from".
Kathleen Marie Maughan of Deansrath whose Scratch project on Anti Bullying was inspired by her own experiences; Bill Liao was quoted in the Irish Independent as being “as particularly touched and humbled by Kathleen Maughan who was “intent on assisting others who suffer what she has suffered from”.
Con Broderick of EMC Cork with his Scratch game Secret Defender
Con Broderick of EMC Cork with his Scratch game Secret Defender
Michael Lough of Athlone CoderDojo with his Monopoly game made in Scratch
Michael Lough of Athlone CoderDojo with his Monopoly game made in Scratch
Helen Aherne of CoderDojo Thurles with her Polling app, made in AppInventor
Helen Aherne of CoderDojo Thurles with her Polling app, made in AppInventor
Caitlin Donnelly of CoderDojo Thurles with her multiple GAA match tracker, built in AppInventor, which tracks 3 matches and sends results to Twitter
Caitlin Donnelly of CoderDojo Thurles with her multiple GAA match tracker, built in AppInventor, which tracks 3 matches and sends results to Twitter

Here’s Kinsale Dojo whose project consisted of an app to enable you to unlock and lock your door using wifi and the Cloud!

Kinsale Dojo with their cloud enabled app to unlock/lock doors
Kinsale Dojo with their cloud enabled app to unlock/lock doors

Here’s a Ninja’s (all the way from Poland) who built a Website on a raspberry Pi to display a video feed from a Car mounted Camera – and the Raspberry Pi was on the Car too!.

Model Car with onboard computer, web site and video feed!
Model Car with onboard computer, web site and video feed!

 

And how about playing Minecraft with Occulus 3D glasses and motion sensing with the Xbox motion sensor

Minecraft with 3D glasses and Xbox motion sensors
Minecraft with 3D glasses and Xbox motion sensors

And I saw some cool new robotics kits from www.mechatrons.com – we will have to start saving for these!

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The top prizes were awarded to an e-car charger locator app, a wild western game, and Camera selfies, a website which allows you to share selfies at large events.

http://www.businessandleadership.com/leadership/item/46286-coderdojo-announces-winners/

http://www.coolestprojects.org

and some Video’s are now available on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQBFqko3_sHU1f3UBEYuyK7MfP4aAHgWo