What is CoderDojo?
CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led worldwide movement, running free coding clubs for young people. All CoderDojo clubs are different and completely autonomous!
At CoderDojos, young people learn various digital skills: coding, developing websites, apps, programs, games and more. CoderDojos are set up, run and taught by volunteers. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people and share ideas. We will talk about new advances in science and technology and whenever possible showcase some of the gadgets. CoderDojo makes learning to code a fun, sociable experience. CoderDojo puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally. CoderDojo has just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool“. Bullying, lying, wasting people’s time is not acceptable and we reserve the right to ask anyone displaying any such tendencies to leave.
A bit of history
CoderDojo is a non profit global movement founded by 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, an 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. Owing to this popularity a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. 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.
See also: Official Coderdojo Website