Dell hosts CoderDojo to mark Weekend of Code
25 June 2012 | 0
ell marked the Global Weekend of the Code yesterday by hosting a CoderDojo session for children of Dell employees aged between 7 and 16. The session was held at Dell’s campus in Dublin and was led by CoderDojo Founder and CEO, James Whelton.
CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people to teach them how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dell strongly supports the notion of teaching children how to code from as early an age as possible and so hosted the event on site for its employees children to help raise awareness of how accessible coding is for young people and how beneficial it will be to them as they pursue their education.
Speaking at the event Dermot O’Connell, general manager, Dell Ireland said: "As a global leader in technology we believe in the power of coding and see first hand each day how advances in technology and software development are helping people and organisations all around the world to do more. Regardless of what work our young people do later in life it is clear that technology will have a role to play across all sectors whether they work as a teacher, a doctor, financial sector, fashion designer or a scientist."
James Whelton added: "It’s great to be continuously growing CoderDojo… Working with such a variety of young people from all over Ireland and now the globe definitely ensures it never gets boring. Dell’s campus is a perfect space for a CoderDojo session – with enthusiastic volunteers on hand to mentor students and easy access to the right technology it means it’s all do-able. The aim is to encourage employees to pass on their interest in technology to as many young people as possible in a fun and easy going environment. By embracing coding in this way, young people will consider this skill to be one as vital as talking and writing."