CoderDojo gears up for Coolest Projects Awards

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Ireland’s brightest young inventors will be attending the Coolest Projects Awards at the RDS on Saturday 18 June

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17 June 2016 | 0

Over 10,000 people are expected at the RDS for this year’s CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards tomorrow (18 June), where over 800 young creators from Ireland and Europe will take part in the fifth annual awards.

The country’s largest technology event this year will feature gadgets, robots, blogs, games and sites designed by young coders.

Among the entrants is Ireland’s youngest coder: five-year-old Tiernan Mangan from Hollymount, Mayo who has created a ninja slayer computer game.

This year also sees the introduction of Launch’d a special event for Coolest Projects entrants, tech professionals and anyone considering a career in coding. Speakers will include start-up founders, international thought leaders and top game developers.

“Coolest Projects provides the bridge from learning coding skills at local CoderDojos to innovating and creating future employment. We are the piece in the middle which makes the connection,” said Coolest Projects co-founder Noel King.

“These digital skills are vital if Europe is to address the coding skills shortage which has led to 500,000 open job postings across the region in 2015.”

Also on the day, a short film in aid of Temple Street Hospital will be produced by professional choreographer and former Riverdance troupe member Lynn Henderson featuring up to 80 children and adults.

The video, shot in a dance sync style that will blend hip-hop with traditional Irish dancing, will then be released on social media where viewers will be asked to make donations to the Temple Street Foundation, and teams of employees from Irish and multinational companies will be encouraged to participate in the Techies Treasure Trail fundraiser on 8 July.

Techies4TempleStreet’s goal is to raise €250,000 to help fund a new Neurology and Renal Outpatients Unit.

Coolest Projects is supported by Intel, Microsoft, Aol, Openet, Bank of Ireland, Folens, Symantec, Virgin Media, RTE, Deloitte Digital, Salesforce, Dublin City Council and Accenture.

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