DCU School of Computing @ CoderDojo's Coolest Projects 2016

DCU Stand @ Coolest ProjectsDCU School of Computing and AIPO were inpired by the range of techology and talent on show at CoderDojo's Coolest Projects Tech Expo in the RDS Saturday 18th.

Now in it's fifth year, Coolest Projects, which started in DCU by ex-CA graduate Noel King, has ballooned in a spectacular showcase of almost 700 projects comprising of robots, gadgets, games, blogs and websites designed by coders between the ages of seven and 17. The School of Computing had 4 academics judging at it, with Dr. Mark Roantree having a hectic day as overall Judging Co-ordinator.

Alex O'Connor from the School of Computing said "As a first-time judge the scale of the event was almost overwhelming. The category which I looked at included many technically impressive challenges, and the entrants were all bright, enthusiastic, and suitably proud of their hard work. I suspect many of them have bright futures in technology"

Many of the regular AIPO competitors were showing their projects at the event. Harvey Brezina Conniffe from Wicklow won the Innovator special prize sponsored by Accenture with his web development project called “Coder DoJo Start-Ups”. “It’s a system to enable kids in Coder DoJo to develop websites, get domain names and make it easier for them to learn web development and how to make websites."

Suzanne Little from the School of Computing said "I was impressed by the variety of scratch projects - helping younger children to read, choosing the most environmentally friendly option at the supermarket, learn to be a jedi knight - and the composure of the young presenters telling me about their work. Great to see the hard work put in by the CoderDojo mentors in helping hundreds of children to be enthusiastic about programming."

President of DCU, Prof. Brian McCraith said "The Coolest Projects initiative is an amazing education phenomenon that had its genesis in DCU CoderDojo and I'm very happy to support it, including sponsorship of yesterday's event. I was there for a few hours in the morning and also returned for the Prizegiving ceremony at the end. The excitement and enthusiasm of the participating students was great to behold."