Australian entrepreneur, venture capital investor, diplomat, author and speaker with a distinguished record in the areas of business, development and community activism, Bill is co-founder of the CoderDojo movement and Founder of Weforest and is the European venture partner for SOSventures a $200m international investment fund.
Maureen founded SNP (Smart Nice People) with Renn Vara. While teaching public speaking in the Speech and Communications Department at San Francisco State University, she became an ardent fan of Aristotle. His mandate to search the world for good people to help make their truth persuasive became SNP's mantra. She and her colleagues work with a number of leaders at Google, Oracle, Yahoo!, OPower, Twitter, Airbnb and other global enterprises.
Patrick co-founded VSware, a cloud and mobile based school administration platform adopted by over 25% of Irish schools - and rapidly growing - since the market was opened by the Department of Education in Nov 2013. After recently raising VC funding from Leaf Investments and Enterprise Ireland, Patrick and co-founder Steven Kearney are focused on scaling and expanding internationally with the recent launch of VSware.co.uk.
Entrepreneur and co-founder of Intercom
Co-founder of Coding Grace
A Pythonista who likes to spend her time organising not-for-profit tech events bringing community together which includes Python Ireland, PyLadies Dublin, Coding Grace, crazy game jams with Global GameCraft, and female-friendly events/workshops.
Peter Redmond of Mechatrons
Alan Donnelly CoderDojo DCU
Cian Gardiner - DIT
Do you want to Launch your Coolest Project? We are delighted to announce the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Launch Pad for this years awards. The aim of the Launch Pad is the provide you with necessary skills to take your project futher and in true CoderDojo style we promise the day will be cool and alot of fun. So once we have helped you on your way, you decide where you want to take your project next.
Brown bag films will present an exciting creative workshop encouraging you to think differently
Learn the key technical skills to release your Coolest Project from the RTE Digital and CoderDojo mentors.
Padraig Berry from focus.ie will deliver his excellent strategic focus workshop on how to drive your project forward.
Bernard Fennessy from Bernard Fennessy Consulting will deliver his entertaining and engaging workshop on how to present your vision.
The Launch Pad iniative aims to teach you these 4 key skills to help you on your launch adventure. These skills will be taught in 4 short workshops on Sunday the 8th which will be engaging and each a litte different. We have an incredible line up to teach you the key skills and start your adventure.
It's a day we hope you really enjoy and learn alot from.
Do you want to Launch your Coolest Project? We are delighted to announce the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Launch Pad for this years awards, which will be held on Sunday the 8th of June at Dublin City University.
Dublin City University
The Helix & the Hub, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
CoderDojo in conjunction with the Hello World Foundation and supporters Intel and UPC are delighted to announce the third annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards will be taking place on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June at the Helix, Dublin City University (DCU). This event aims to encourage, celebrate and showcase creativity among members of the CoderDojo community.
We are inviting young coders from the CoderDojo Community to come and showcase their projects. This event is all about the members and is a celebration of what they have achieved and created in their local Dojo. Last year ten year old Ryan Sheridan, of DCU CoderDojo won in the ‘website’ category by using the HTML and CSS knowledge he learned at CoderDojo to create his site “Skate Parks in Dublin” which shows details and photos of various skate parks. This is the creativity that the Coolest Projects is all about encouraging.
This year we are delighted to welcome Liberty Global / UPC to the CoderDojo supporter community, with their support we have been able to expand the reach of the event to include projects from European Dojos. We are excited to see members from Dojos across Ireland and Europe come together to showcase their Coolest Projects.
Intel a long time supporter of the Coolest Projects Awards are coming on board to provide all prizes again for the 2014 Awards. Every level of technical skill is welcome and rewarded and projects across seven categories are invited; Scratch, Websites, Apps, HTML games, Advanced Languages, Enterprise and Other. Projects will be ranked for not only the complexity and usability of the project but also using a 'cool' factor assessment criteria, similar to the one rule of CoderDojo: “be cool!”.
In addition to inspirational talks by industry leaders, the event will include workshops in how to build your own apps and more. Follow the Coolest Projects on twitter @coolestprojects for more updates on the event.
The launch team
This is an excellent team of volunteers who turn dreams into
This event was created to encourage, promote, support and showcase creativity in CoderDojo. Projects enable you to turn your most exciting ideas into reality. Creativity is the most important aspect of these awards, we want to be amazed by your tech ideas. You are the tech innovators and leaders of the future.
Once you have decided on your great idea, it is time to start coding. Programming a project you are passionate about provides you with an opportunity to really extend what you have learned at CoderDojo to a new level. Actually coding a project you are excited about, you learn more yourself than we could teach you in the same timeframe.
Mentors are on hand to help you with your projects. Each week there are mentors available to answer all your questions and help you develop your project. You are not expected to know how to program every part of your project but that is part of the fun.
This event is open to all CoderDojo's in Ireland and internationally. We are currently planning the 2014 awards. This event enables you to show your great project and share ideas with other CoderDojo members.
We will be opening entries shortly on this site. In the mean time you can be thinking about your next coolest idea. Examples include games, scratch, slick website or advanced programming idea.
Later this year you will be invited to a full day out where you will present your project with all the other dojos. We will have our surprise judging panel on hand to check out your work. It's a huge achievement building and presenting your own project. As reward you will receive a CoderDojo Project's belt.
This event was only made possible through the support, vision and
inspiration of Intel. When we sat down with Intel early in 2012
we identified this event for CoderDojo to support creativity,
drive innovation, bring CoderDojo nationality together and
recognise the amazing projects members were building.
Thanks to Intel for partnering with Coolest Projects again to
help expand it nationally. We are both passionate about
encouraging the adoption of tech subjects and providing a
sustained platform for the current generation. We want this
awards to celebrate not only developers, but future tech
In a great sign of the community spirit they made this app available for free on the Android Play store, which you can download from here
Chris and Chloe Burke CoderDojo DCU
Maciej Goszczycki decided for his cool project he wanted to learn compiler construction, a pretty cool and advanced topic for a 16 year old. Long gone are the days of writing in binary, remember binary "1001" is 9 in decimal. Thankfully we have come a long way since then and no longer have to remember long sequences of 1s and 0s. There has been a proliferation of new languages in the last 10 years and now Oda joins that list. Maciej wanted the language to to run a quickly as possible so he wrote the compiler and executor in C++. An impressive and cool vision for a 16 year old. A truly deserving winner of the Coolest Projects Awards 2012.
Maciej Goszczycki CoderDojo Science Gallery
What better way to give back to CoderDojo than to take what you have learned to make your CoderDojo better and more accessible. Well that's what some of the guys at Athlone did. Having just learned HTML and CSS these great members built a really cool site to support and promote their local dojo. This great project by CoderDojo Athlone should be an initiative other dojos consider. Great work guys and slick website.
One project that rocked the foundation of Intel was Catriona's creation CoderDojo rock star. This genius project aim was to teach you how to play a musical instrument, with an online instrument and video content to support your pop chart conquest. Not content with teaching you one instrument Catriona's project will teach you how to play the guitar, piano and drums, effectively enabling you create you own rock group from the comfort of the Internet. This was one of those really fun project's which caught the excitement and imagination of those who attended.
A great outcome from this project is that it inspired a computer game which was launched as a GCSE programming course in 2014. This game was also used at CoderDojo Girls. A great outcome Catrina that simply rocked.
Catrina Carrigan CoderDojo DCU
We talked recently to Aidan about his Coderdojo and Coolest Projects experience so far. Aidan has also setup his own hosting company and has an exclusive offer to Coolest Projects 2014 participants.
My project for last years coolest Project Awards was Taken World, I started Working on Taken World (takenworld.com) in January 2013. I had this idea where people could login on the internet to their account. They could have their own Village and could attack people. I already knew html and css but I had to learn Php for server side work and mysql for connecting to databases I started testing it out on my own xampp server. I was very proud of myself when I got all this done it took many hours everyday for 2 months. Once I had it all running on my local server I asked my parents Could I get web Hosting it took a bit of persuasion but In the end I got it all online over the months before Coolest Project Awards. I added Buildings, Economy and Soldiers System. People Could upgrade/downgrade buildings to give them more gold and food every turn. I then added Soldiers so people could train them to fight others and win loot.
I have been going to coolest Project Awards since it started 2 years ago in Intel. Last year 2013 Coolest Project Awards grew massively there were so many people compared to the first year. The atmosphere in DCU last year was brilliant There were so many cool and bright Ideas people had and were showcasing. It was great to meet so many people who were interested in the same things as I am. As I came third last year with takenworld I entered Cisco Transatlantic Coding Challenge and I was one of the winners!
This Year I will be bringing Arm Power Hosting http://armpowerhosting.com a Web Hosting company I started In January of this year to Coolest Project Awards
Since last years Coolest Project Awards I have been working very hard on a hosting company Arm Power Hosting (armpowerhosting.com). In January I started researching Servers and Web Hosting. I started putting together a very detailed powerpoint. I showed my parents and they were very happy with all the research I had done. I bought my servers and spent Hours on end every day for 2 months Configuring and setting up the servers and software I was using. I Then put many hours together working on the website which is based in html, css and php (My 3 favorite Coding Languages). I was very happy with how armpowerhosting.com looked. I have Website Hosting plans from 30c/month up. We currently have 100% Uptime and promise 99.99%. I started telling people about it and because I don't need profits I had great prices which brought a lot of interest. Without Coderdojo I would not know how to make a basic website coderdojo has taught me almost everything I know about computers. What I want to do for each and every one of this years Coolest Project Award Contestants is give them free web Hosting courtesy of Arm Power Hosting from now until Coolest Project awards.
Aidan - CoderDojo Avego
Jake created an app to help students learn Irish, we asked Jake a few questions about his first app development adventure
Ever since I joined CoderDojo, I always wanted to create an app the adults and children would like and not just use it once and never use it again, so I thought of something handy and easy to use, something educational and something teachers, students and parents will use, and that's how I thought of developing Gaeilge Made Easy .
I would like Gaeilge Made Easy to be used by teachers, students and anyone who wants to use it and enjoy it.
Jake CoderDojo DCU
Founder CoderDojo DCU
Operations Director Corporate Affairs Group EMEA at Intel
Founder CoderDojo Dublin