On Saturday June 17th the 6th Annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase took place in the RDS, Dublin with thousands of participants and visitors coming together to celebrate an array of creativity and innovation through project work developed by CoderDojo participants over the past 12 months.
CoderDojo Coolest Projects is a world leading showcase that inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, changemakers and entrepreneurs. The CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase offers young people from the international CoderDojo Community the opportunity to present the projects they have created at their local CoderDojo. It is both a competition and exhibition to showcase, inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and technology skills in youth innovators aged 6 – 17.
Intel, who has been involved since the very first Coolest Projects Awards were held at the Intel campus, was a sponsor again this year providing a number of prizes at the event, with a particular focus on the hardware category, as well as hosting a fun and interactive visitor stand and running a number of different hardware workshops throughout the day which gave participants the chance to try out the Intel powered Genuino learning and development board.
2017 saw CoderDojo Coolest Projects grow to a global initiative as CoderDojo Ninjas from all over the world descended upon the RDS to present their apps, websites, games and hardware projects. There were over 800 Ninjas from 17 different countries showcasing their projects at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase 2017 who were joined by thousands of visitors to the showcase throughout the day. Countries represented at the event were:
● United Kingdom
● United States
Noel King, Co-founder and Chairman of CoderDojo Coolest Projects said; “To see CoderDojo Coolest Projects transform into an international event with 18 countries participating is
something really special. On Saturday we witnessed so many amazing projects and I am sure we now seeing the next generation of global tech innovators.”
Giustina Mizzoni, Executive Director of the CoderDojo Foundation added;“The creativity, innovation and pure skill that was on display by the young people from Dojos all across the
world was utterly inspiring. Saturday’s CoderDojo Coolest Projects was a true showcase of the impact that the CoderDojo movement, powered by thousands of volunteers is having on youth globally.”
Maeve Byrne of Intel Ireland spoke about Intel’s involvement in the initiative “Intel is delighted to once again support the Coolest Projects this year – the CoderDojo movement is such a fantastic way to engage young people in coding and design and the event here today is an important recognition of their ongoing hard work. The energy and enthusiasm at the event was almost overwhelming – it is incredible to see the quality, creativity and ingenuity of the work being demonstrated here by these young people”.
The Intel stand at the Coolest Projects event included a number of different activities for participants such as the chance to try the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that immerses users in VR environments and enables the sensation of presence without actually being there. The Intel stand also featured a ‘tech pit’ where visitors could get a closeup look at Intel technology and see what’s inside their PC. Visitors also had the chance to have their caricature featured on the special ‘Faces of CoderDojo Coolest Projects’ creative wall. Also running at the event was an Intel workshop area where participants had the chance to try the Intel powered Genuino board which is designed for makers and students to learn about electronics, as well as for embedded and edge developers for rapid prototyping.
Intel this year sponsored the prizes for the hardware category at the event which recognised projects which included a hardware element as part of their work.
The winners in the hardware category this year were as follows;
|Hardware Under 12||First Place
Peter Reid age 10
Lego 3d printer
|Dublin 8 @ SWICN Computer Clubhouse|
|Carrigaline, Co. Cork @ Scoil Mhuire Lourdes|
Blind Helper Device for people who don’t see
|Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow|
Hardware Over 14
Laura Chirila age 14
|Ennis, Co. Clare|
About CoderDojo Coolest Projects
CoderDojo Coolest Projects aspires to be a globally recognised initiative, whose purpose is to showcase, inspire & enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and technology skills in youth innovators aged 6 – 17. Now in its 6th year CoderDojo Coolest Projects Annual Showcase was created in 2012 by volunteers to empower the members of the CoderDojo international community to launch their creative projects. At the inaugural event in Intel, Co Dublin, there were 19 projects and 100 attendees. By 2016, CoderDojo Coolest Projects had grown to the largest kids tech event in Europe with 700+ projects, from 10 countries and over 13,000 attendees.
2017 sees CoderDojo Coolest Projects become a truly global initiative with CoderDojo Ninja’s travellingfrom all across Ireland, Europe, USA, Japan and Australia showcase their projects at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase 2017!
Learn more at coolestprojects.org
CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs dedicated to giving young people the opportunity to learn how to create and build with technology.
Initiated in Cork in July 2011, the CoderDojo movement is equipping kids with the skills they need to succeed in today’s increasingly connected world and providing the world with the next generation of innovators and changemaker. Today there are:
● 1,300 dojos in 70 countries around the world
● Over 100,000 young people have participated over 5 years
● 1 million+ hours have been volunteered by over 9,000 individuals
Learn more at coderdojo.org
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