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CoderDojo

CoderDojo

Jul 16, 2013

CoderDojo is a global movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.

At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. Dojos organize tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers to talk about their career and what they do, and organize events. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.

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CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao. It was first started in James Whelton’s school 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 setup 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 than just an after-school computer club. In June 2011 the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork where CoderDojo saw extreme success. The Cork Dojo saw people travelling from Dublin frequently to attend sessions. Owing to this popularity a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. The increasing success leading to setting up more Dojos around Ireland and subsequently around the world.

I had the opportunity to visit the local CoderDojo in Irvine sponsored by Fast Start Studio and meet with mentors/teachers Ounie Phakousonh and Da Phakousonh Founders of House of Devs and Co-Founders of Coderdojo Irvine, Ca.  It was encouraging to see Ounie teach the kids the basics and fundamentals of HTML making sure all the students were at the same pace, Da checking with students if they have any questions or if they need extra help.  Even more amazing to see the kids thrilled after creating their own web page from scratch.

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To find a CoderDojo nearest you, please view here: http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo

CoderDojo has just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool“, bullying, lying, wasting people’s time and so on is uncool.

Interested in starting a CoderDojo in your local community or be a mentor, for more information visit: http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo

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