CoderDojo Kerry: background
CoderDojo is a global network of free, volunteer-led coding clubs aiming to equip young minds, aged 7 to 17, with the tools to not just navigate but shape the digital world. It was started in 2011 by James Whelton, along with entrepreneur Bill Liao.
Aspen Grove Solutions, with its intrinsic value on education and digital literacy, recognised this synergy and embarked on a journey to drive CoderDojo’s footprint in 2011. At the time, Tralee was the 3rd Dojo in the world and weekly coding workshops were facilitated, initially by Aspen Grove, and later led by industry volunteers and parents. In 2018, there were 13 Coder Dojos active across Kerry. Since the pandemic as well as the ever-shifting changes in workplaces across the globe (remote work etc), there has been a significant decrease in active CoderDojos across Ireland. This is reflected in County Kerry, where until recently there was only one active CoderDojo.
A new beginning in 2024
Fast foward to 2024 and now Aspen Grove Solutions is partnering with Kerry Innovation Centre ( Tom Crean Business Centre) to re-ignite Coder Dojo in the South West region. This rolls out on the weekend of January 20th and the intention is to launch more dojos in April 2024.
We need you!
To make it happen, we need industry volunteers to get involved. This is not only a social impact initiative but a chance to build a next generation of talent pipeline by fostering an interest in coding in the 7-17 age groups. For more details, get in touch now! See poster for details.