- Intel Ireland this week played host to the first ever CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project Awards’.
- The event brought together dojo’s from across the country who presented 20 different unique and innovative projects in a bid to win the top prize.
- 15 year old Maciej Goszczycki from Newtown in Co. Wicklow won the top award with a prize of a brand new Ultrabook™
Intel Ireland this week played host to the first ever CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project Awards’. The event brought together dojo’s from across the country who presented 20 different unique and innovative projects in a bid to win the top prize. A team of judges, which was led by CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton, spent the afternoon reviewing the impressive projects before selecting a winner – 15 year old Maciej Goszczycki from Newtown in Co. Wicklow.
Goszczycki, who was presented with a prize of a brand new Ultrabook™, won the award for creating his own software language that he calls ODA.
The event was also an opportunity for many of the dojo’s in attendance to receive their coding ‘belts’ in front of an audience of more than 150 people including many friends and family. The CoderDojo belts recognise the participants’ achievements in writing software as part of the initiative.
James Whelton who is a co-founder of the CoderDojo initiative was delighted with the success of the event and said “Overall the event was fantastic. This was our first nationwide competition and it was brilliant for the kids to get together and share ideas. I’m sure that amongst this innovative group of young people that we are looking at some of the technology leaders of the future and I would like to thank Intel for hosting a great event”.
Intel has been involved as a supporter of the CoderDojo initiative for a number of months now providing both the necessary funding to enable CoderDojo to run at the Science Gallery, which is now one of the primary Dojo’s in Ireland, and also proposing the idea and hosting the ‘Coolest Projects Awards’ to encourage learning through creativity, so to hopefully inspire the innovators of the future.
Speaking at the event Intel’s Paul Phelan said “The high quality of the projects and the energy in the room today was almost overwhelming. In years to come we will look back at this CoderDojo initiative and only then realize the significant impact it has had in creating 21st century skills and creating job opportunities for Irish people”.
Award winner Maciej Goszczycki is pictured with his prize
Robert, Conor, and Frank Crossen from Co. Offally are pictured at the event
Further images from the event can be found here: CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project Awards’ – a set on Flickr
About the CoderDojo initiative
CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao. 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. There are 104 dojos happening every week in citieis around the world with 41 taklign places across Ireland and an average of 6,000 kids between the ages of seven and 17 are every week teaching each other how to write code.
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