Saturday, 16 November 2013

Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo is now a global phenomenon. It is an open source, volunteer led, global movement of coding clubs for young people, roughly from 5-18 years old. 


It was first started in James Whelton’s school in Cork in early 2011 when James received some publicity after hacking the iPod Nano and some younger students expressed an interest in learning how to code. He set up a computer club in his school (PBC Cork) where he started teaching basic HTML and CSS. Later that year he met Bill Liao, a entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was interested in growing the project into something bigger. In June 2011 the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork which saw extreme success. The Cork Dojo saw people travelling from Dublin frequently to attend sessions. By making the movement open source it has led to hundreds of dedicated champions setting up more Dojos around Ireland and subsequently around the world.

As far as I can make out from the Coder Dojo website, there are regular Coder Dojos running in Dublin at:-

Tallaght ITT

The Science Gallery

Ballyroan Library, Rathfarnham

St Sylvester's GAA Club Malahide

Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9

Scoil Mhuire National School, Tuckett's Lane, Howth

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Lucan Community College

Presentation College, Bray

Croke Park Stadium

St. Mary's College Rathmines

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