CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards brings out best in young programmers
Hundreds of young coders aged from 7 to 17 from around the country descended on the RDS in Dublin last weekend for the 2015 CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards.
Now in its fourth year, the Coolest Projects Awards 2015 attracted over 500 entries from across the European CoderDojo network.
This year Coder Dojo platinum sponsor UPC and parent company Liberty Global introduced a special prize recognising the most innovative project that solved a particular social issue. This was won by David Brett from Cork CIT Blackock for his project Marlin Brando Oceanic Avenger.
Awards were presented in 13 categories including design, Web and platform video games, apps for mobile, and hardware
“The projects that the kids and young people have developed are really impressive, not just in their use of technology but also through the wide array of topics, challenges and subjects that they are covering,” said Mary Moloney, CoderDojo Global CEO. “Whether they’re developing games using Scratch or sophisticated enterprise solutions using advanced coding languages like C++ and Swift, they each have challenged themselves and have achieved great results. It’s great to see the kids and young people exploring and working with new technologies too, like robotics, drones and virtual reality. These kids are not just the inventors of the future, they are change makers and explorers right now.”
Noel King, founding member of Coolest Projects added: “Extending the awards this year to being a European-wide event is very exciting and this will add an extra dimension to the creativity and excitement we witness on the day. Seeing young people from different countries come together to share their visions and experience is very cool and I am sure this experience will spark more creativity and ideas for members projects next year.”
The 2015 CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards winners:
Special prize winners
Enterprise Conor Begley (Dundalk), Quickcon
Design Lexi Schoene (Dun Laoghaire), Lexi Loves Scratch
Use of Microsoft technologies Rudhari Madden, Luke Madden (Athenry), Minecraft Mods: Money, Clothes and Weapons
International Sigfried Seldeslachts (Leuven), DIY Drone
Team Rory McCleary, James McKenna & Lui Sheils (Monaghan), Freaky Friday
Social Impact David Brett (Cork CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory), Marlin Brando Oceanic Avenger
Overall prize winners
Scratch 1 Thomas Brandes (Kinsale), Computer Simulator
Scratch 2 Tana and Ells Truyts (Antwerpen-Centrum), Save our Seas
Website John David White (Dungarvan), Book Reviews by Kids4Kids
Games & web games Aidan Dowling (St. Marys College, Rathmines), Space Explorer
Mobile John Ryan (Thurles), Arrive Alive
Hardware Maciej Goszcydci (Dublin City University), Blue Tie Minicomputer
Evolution Harvey Brezina Conniffe (Dublin City University), Family Minder