CoderDojo Origins

CoderDojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology. It’s a volunteer movement oriented around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people aged 7-17.

CoderDojo has just one rule:

“The One Rule: Be Cool”

Bullying, lying and wasting people’s time is not cool.


A bit of history
CoderDojo was 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 than just an after-school computer club.

In June 2011 the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork, Ireland, where CoderDojo saw extreme success. The Cork Dojo saw people travelling from Dublin frequently to attend sessions. Owing to this popularity, a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. The increasing success leading to setting up more Dojos around Ireland and subsequently around the world.

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