“Let’s establish CoderDojo Clubs throughout Carlow”

Mary Walsh“Let’s buck the trend and make screen time educational, stimulating and progressive for our young people ……. Let’s establish CoderDojo Clubs throughout Carlow” said Mary Walsh, CEO of Carlow County Development Partnership CLG.

Carlow County Development Partnership CLG, as part of our community development strategy, is interested in working with community groups who are thinking about setting up a CoderDojo Club in their community. We have a range of supports available to make sure your CoderDojo Club is a success.


CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so. CoderDojo Ireland is the regional body to which Dojos in Ireland are affiliated.

It is also worthwhile noting that on the 04 January, 2018 – Minister Bruton announced a new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject.

The CoderDojo Club in Kilkenny is hosting the DojoCon national conference in Kilkenny on the 20th and 21st of October.  The line-up is as follows;

Saturday 20th of October 2018 – For adults and children aged 12 – 17 (Newpark Hotel)

This day will be filled with workshops and speakers suitable for secondary school students and teachers. Teachers will be given tools to go back to their classes and teach websites design, robotics, animation, digital art, digital music right through to subjects on tech for people with disabilities or learning challenges.

Sunday 21st of October 2018 – For adults and children aged 7 – 17 (Newpark Hotel)

This day is a hackathon for those aged 7-17, and is sponsored by Taxback. This is a free event, again including some food and we will have challenges for teams to solve using coding and technology. It’s suitable for children/teens who have basic coding experience, right through to advanced.

The full program can be found here – http://dojocon.coderdojo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DojoCon-2018-Saturday-Program.pdf

Tickets are free but you will have to register at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dojocon-2018-registration-kilkenny-19th-to-21st-october-2018-tickets-43534757632?aff=eios&ref=eios

John Leamy, who is one of the main organisers of DojoCon 2018 commented, “It is exciting to be bringing the global CoderDojo community to the south east, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Institute of Technology Carlow, whose computing department is throwing its full support behind the event; not just financially, but with their team of lecturers and staff who will be very involved at DojoCon through talks, workshops and demonstrating some really cool technology, for the benefit of the many ninjas, mentors and adults who will be attending DojoCon18. It is also timely with Computer Science being introduced as a leaving certificate subject this year, and we hope to attract many of those teachers and students to the conference.”

Keynote speakers scheduled for DojoCon 2018 include: tech entrepreneur Jordan Casey, who set up his award-winning video games company at 13 years of age; award-winning game designer Brenda Romera; scientist-astronaut candidate Norah Patten; presenter of Tech Talk on Newstalk FM, Jessica Kelly; David R. Pollard, founder of Learning Tech Labs; Darya Yegorina, Founder and CEO, Cleverbooks AR for Education and James Tubbritt, VR/AR Developer at Emagine. There will also be speakers from Expedia, one of the main conference sponsors.

If you are interested in going to the national event in Kilkenny to learn more about CoderDojo please contact Carlow County Development Partnership CLG at 059 9720733 for complimentary tickets.

Subject to demand, Carlow County Development Partnership CLG will organise for a bus to take interested people to the Saturday and Sunday events.  Children over the age of 7 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.