"Driving Future Technology Skills Through Community-Business Partnerships", Eugene McDonough, COO, Coder Dojo Foundation, speaking on 4 June at Dublin Beijing Business Summit during Asia Business Week Dublin 2014
A Dojo is a place Kids from 7 to 17 that are into Tech can hangout and meet there friends that are also into tech, a soccer club for technology. A Dojo is a local, independent volunteer-led programming club for young people which encompasses the ethos of CoderDojo making it part of the global community.
Dojos are built on community spirit, and encourage children to collaborate and learn from each other.
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Eugene McDonough, COO, Coder Dojo Foundation, asia business week dublin
ASIA BUSINESS WEEK DUBLIN
Dublin Beijing Business Summit
4 June 2014
Driving Future Technology Skills Through
Eugene McDonough, COO,
Coder Dojo Foundation
“Driving Future Technology Skills Through
CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free
programming clubs for young people between 6 and 17.
There is a focus on developing creativity, a sense of
community, peer learning skills, mentoring and self led
learning with an emphasis on openness, helping others
and showing how coding can be a force for positive
change in the world.
‘’For me CoderDojo is the place where young
people can learn to be creative’’
Werner Vogles CTO Amazon
What is CoderDojo?
Coding skills are increasingly significant
in today’s digitally reliant society. We
believe it is crucial for future generations
to be given the opportunity to play an
active role in creating their world.
Dojos are founded on an informal learning model,
enabling young people to learn code and engage in
innovative thinking, allowing them to build & create
real projects that reflect their interests.
Globally there is a monumental shortage of
programmers, with the EU predicting a shortfall
of 1 million technical workers by 2015. This issue
affects all areas of industry because technology
is affecting how every organisation
communicates, collaborates and operates. A
trend that is set to continue.
Founded by schoolboy hacker James
Whelton at 18 and experienced
entrepreneur Bill Liao.
Both Bill & James were self taught
coders, aged 9 & 12 respectively;
recognising the isolation they
experienced at a young age they
envisioned a space where young
people could learn code together in a
On the 23rd of July 2011 the first Dojo
was held in County Cork, Ireland… and
so CoderDojo was born.
James Whelton (Left) &
Bill Liao (Right)
Where it all started