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Interviews Arranged With Founders

Posted: January 7, 2013 in Founders

Today we have finalised the arrangements for the interviews with the founders of CoderDojo.

Both James Whelton and Bill Liao have agreed  to take part in our documentary and have finalised the date and time.  This will take place in Mahon Cork.

This is a major step in our documentary project as these two leaders are the key-stone to making the project possible as they both have the information first hand that will bring the story together.


James Whelton, 20

James Whelton, 20

Founder, CoderDojo has been named as one of the 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs to Watch:
Whelton, a coder nerd, founded Coder Dojo, free clubs where kids learn how to program, in his native Ireland in early 2011. Now there are 130 dojos across 22 countries, with 10,000 kids learning to code for free each week. One student, 13-year-old Harry Moran, developed Pizzabot, a game that debuted at the top of the iPhone paid download charts, beating out Angry Birds.

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James Whelton Talks CoderDojo

Posted: November 21, 2012 in Founders

James Whelton Talks about Himself

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Founders

Bill Liao on CoderDojo

Posted: November 12, 2012 in Founders

CoderDojo launches in Silicon Valley

Posted: November 9, 2012 in Founders

Irish conceived CoderDojo launches in Silicon Valley

Irish conceived CoderDojo launches in Silicon ValleyIrish conceived CoderDojo launches in Silicon ValleyPictured: James Whelton with CoderDojo student Hikari Kawase Kennedy at the London Web Summit in March [photo by Conor McCabe

CoderDojo, the Irish software-tech mentoring initiative, designed to teach school kids computer coding last night launched a voluntary chapter at the Microsoft offices in Mountain View, California.

The aim of CoderDojos is to help school children learn computer programming for free, and develop their confidence in coding at an early age. Local, highly skilled, coder-mentors, from the Silicon Valley region, will take the lead in this voluntary initiative.

CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation founded by young coder, James Whelton and entrepreneur, Bill Liao.

In June, 2011, the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre, Cork, Ireland. The CoderDoJo voluntary movement has since spread across the world and dojos have now been set up in companies like Google, Twitter HQ, Mcafee and Big Fish Games in more than 130 international locations.

Whelton, who’s now 20, ran a computer club in his own school, PBC in Cork and, shortly after his Leaving Cert exams, teamed up with Angel Investor, and Xing co-founder, Bill Liao, to create CoderDojo.

“I quickly saw the massive interest in programming from people my own age, younger and older,” says Whelton. “When we founded in 2011, we had 40 students show up to the first session, which grew over time. Basic programming and web development was taught, students were taught by other students who’d grasped things faster than others and it was an extremely lively environment.”

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15-year-old CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project’ winner creates his own programming language (video)

15-year-old CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project’ winner creates his own programming language (video)15-year-old CoderDojo ‘Coolest Project’ winner creates his own programming language (video)

Fifteen-year-old Maciej Goszczycki was the winner of the ‘Coolest Project’ Awards held for the first time at Intel’s massive microprocessor manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Goszczycki won the award for creating his own software language he calls ODA.

More than 150 people turned up at the event on Saturday at which CoderDojo members from all over Ireland demonstrated their projects to a team of judges led by CoderDojo co-founder and Internet Hero James Whelton.

At the event, many of the kids taking part were presented with their ‘belts’ for achievements in writing software.

Goszczycki won the overall award for ODA, a software language he is pioneering. He was presented with a brand new ultrabook for winning the competition.

In recent months, Goszczycki was a member of Team Ireland in the competitive International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) Competition, which takes takes place over seven days with second-level students from around the world.

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