The third international Dojo Conference, DojoCon2014, will be hosted by CoderDojo Sligo at the IT Sligo on Saturday April 19th 2014.
CoderDojo is “an open source, volunteer led, global movement of free coding clubs for young people”.
DojoCon2014 is an international conference for coding mentors, and will bring attendees from around the globe to Sligo next April.
Sligo and the world
CoderDojo Sligo won the right to host DojoCon2014, beating off a number of other interested coding groups, clubs and Dojos.
CoderDojo Sligo was started by Cara McGinley, initiative coordinator with Sligo VEC, in May 2012 at IT Sligo, with a group of approximately 28 kids. It has now grown to 120 registered ‘ninjas’.
Every Saturday, a number of different sessions run at IT Sligo from Scratch programming, which is an introduction to programming aimed at younger kids; a HTML session for web page creation; hardware; and occasional master classes in topics such as music technology and workshops in creating your own X-Box game.
CoderDojo Sligo is also home to both the Engineering Dojo and Creative Dojo. At Engineering Dojo sessions follow the CoderDojo model using Lego Mindstorms with mentors from local engineering companies. Also following the CoderDojo model is Creative Dojo where a variety of creative skills such as digital animation, videography and music technology are passed on by a team of professionals from relevant backgrounds.