One-year-old global coding movement CoderDojo, which has thousands of kids in Ireland and around the world learning how to write software every week, is hosting its first annual conference. It will take place on 13 October at the Millennium Theatre at Limerick IT between 9.30am and 5pm.
Just over a year ago, CoderDojo was founded in Cork by teenage coder James Whelton and entrepreneur and investor Bill Liao with the intention of providing an outlet for kids to learn how to write software. The success of the movement resulted in Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, hosting a CoderDojo at Leinster House last month.
There are now 104 Dojos happening every Saturday afternoon (41 in Ireland) in cities from Dublin to Florence, and Tokyo, LA, New York, London and Chicago. New ones are sprouting up in Jamaica and Africa. On any given Saturday, an average of 6,000 kids between the ages of seven and 17 in Ireland and around the world are teaching each other how to write code. Let’s not forget, it began in Cork.
The conference will seek to help manage the increase in kids wanting to attend dojos and getting mentors and volunteers involved in setting up dojos. Speaking with Siliconrepublic.com recently, Liao said the target is to have 3,000 CoderDojos in Ireland. “A CoderDojo in every parish in the land.”