CoderDojo is a non-profit global movement founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao. It was first started in James Whelton’s school in early 2011 when James received some publicity after hacking the iPod Nano and some younger students expressed an interest in learning how to code. He set up a computer club in his school (PBC Cork) where he started teaching basic HTML and CSS. Later that year he met Bill Liao, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was interested in growing the project into something bigger. In June 2011, the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork, which became extremely popular and successful. Owing to this popularity, a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. As an open source movement, hundreds of dedicated champions have set up Dojos around Ireland and subsequently all over the world.
What you can do
There are now over 800 Dojos globally and over 100 in Ireland, find your nearest one here or you can start a new Dojo in your community, download our How-To Guide below to learn what's involved and then Register here to Get Started.