Whatever the weather, Ireland can expect a serious amount of cool in its capital this summer. On June 13th, young coders from Ireland and around the world will fly in to the biggest Coolest Projects Awards yet at the RDS to showcase their IT skills. Expect cool apps, games, websites, robots and ‘hacks’ to make our lives run better.
Intel’s Paul Phelan is pictured with coders at the launch of the Coolest Projects Awards 2015
Launched today in Dublin, Coolest Projects 2015 offers coders aged 7 – 17 the chance to submit individual or group projects using their creativity and skills with computer languages and hardware to build cool apps, games, websites and robots.
Previous winners of Coolest Projects include 10-year old Lauren Boyle (currently EU Digital Girl of the year), Thomas Carrigan (Robot creator), and 12-year old Niamh Scanlon, who last year built an app to allow users of electric cars find free charging points and see whether or not they are currently available.
This year, judges are looking to be wowed by projects ranging from Scratch to engaging websites and games, to awesome apps, to jaw-dropping hardware hacks. The awards are open to all projects created by CoderDojo members.
Intel co-founded the Coolest Projects and Paul Phelan, Operations Director, Corporate Affairs Group at Intel Ireland has witnessed its enormous growth from just 15 entries in 2012 to an anticipated 500 entries this year, with coders attending the event from all over Ireland, from the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and more expected from other EU member states.
“We have created a monster…..a really COOL monster that is growing at a phenomenal rate and I know that in not too many years we will look back at how this Cool monster has created skills and innovation that has created investment and employment in Ireland.”
The objective of The Coolest Projects Awards is to inspire creativity from within the global CoderDojo community, according to Noel King, Coolest Projects Leader and Champion at CoderDojo Dublin City University.
“Coolest Projects was founded to enable a generation of tech creators and inventors, and what these young members have created has been extraordinary,” he said. “Seeing 12-year olds creating enterprise-grade projects highlights the amazing potential we have in this country if we embrace, support and encourage this generation.”
For more information, please visit www.coolestprojects.org
The Coolest Projects 2015 offers coders aged 7 – 17 the chance to submit individual or group projects
Event sponsors and members of CoderDojo are pictured at the launch of the 2015 event
Further images can be found here: Launch of CoderDojo Coolest Projects 2015 – an album on Flickr
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CoderDojo – The global movement of free coding clubs for young people!
Giving kids and young people all over the world better access to the Magic behind the technology that surrounds us and touches almost everything that we do in our lives, CoderDojo is a global community of free programming clubs for young people.
CoderDojo clubs (Dojos) run all over the world on a weekly basis, giving young people between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to develop computer code, websites, apps, programs, games, digital media and to explore technology.
Being truly Global and borderless, CoderDojo encourages & facilitates the community in sharing learning experiences, resources & knowledge and gives attendees, champions, mentors and parents a sense of community for life.
Our vision is a world where every child and young person has the opportunity to build technology skills, learn to code and to be creative in a safe and social environment. Empowering and opening up opportunities for young people is at the core of what we do.
Co-founded in 2011 in Cork by, then 17 year old, James Whelton and philanthropist Bill Liao in 4 short years there are now over 640+ Dojos spread across 58+ countries around the world ranging from places such as the UK, Nigeria, Japan, Ireland and the USA. Operating over 640 Dojos is great but our mission is to continue to rapidly grow our global open source volunteer network of affiliated and inclusive coding clubs, where all young people are given the opportunity to create technology in a safe and social environment.
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