Eleven students will take part in coding awards
ELEVEN young innovators from the CoderDojos in Roundwood, Dunlavin, Bray and Wicklow town will take part in this year’s CoderDojo Coolest Projects awards.
Their projects include a magic eight ball that can answer any question and a series of fun computer games.
Over 10,000 people are expected at the RDS for the free event which takes place on Saturday, June 18, when the local youngsters join more than 800 young innovators from across Ireland and Europe take part in the fifth annual awards.
Ireland’s largest technology event this year will feature gadgets, robots, blogs, games and sites designed by our coolest young coders – the kids who can write an app as easy as they can read a book.
This year also sees the introduction of Launch’d – the essential platform for the Coolest Projects kids, tech professionals and anyone considering a career in coding. Hosted in parallel with the Coolest Projects awards, Launch’d is a unique one-day event aimed at inspiring and supporting the next generation of technology entrepreneurs and professionals.
Launch’d features 100 of Ireland’s top tech start-up companies, as well as 50 speakers over four stages.
A host of start-up founders and international thought leaders and top game developers, will provide amazing tech skills and insights to Coolest Projects participants and the start-ups involved, as well as the wider tech community.
Coolest Projects has seen young people deliver projects across the latest technologies from Cloud, to Internet of Things (IoT) to Virtual Reality and has the real potential to drive vital digital skills across a pan-European platform.
There are Coolest Projects Awards across a range of age groups in the disciplines of websites, apps, animation and games, scratch, advanced languages, enterprise and hardware.
‘Coolest Projects provides the bridge from learning coding skills at local CoderDojos to innovating and creating future employment. We are the piece in the middle which makes the connection,’ said Coolest Projects co-founder Noel King.
For more information log onto coolestprojects.org and launchd.io. WITH THE recent onset of good weather more and more people are taking to the water to enjoy recreational activities.
However, this has lead to a significant rise in maritime recreational incidents. As a result the Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI and Irish Water Safety advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water during the current spell of good weather and throughout the summer months.
Gareth Morrison, RNLI lifesaving delivery manager, said: ‘As the weather improves we notice an increase in callouts for our lifeboats. Many of these incidents relate to leisure activities where a nice day out has unfortunately ended in a call for help. Seeking some simple advice before you take to the water or coastline could make all the difference. Our volunteer lifeboat crews are always on call but when every second counts in an emergency you need to be prepared.’
Roger Sweeney, deputy CEO of Irish Water Safety, said that ‘Ireland averages eleven drownings every month and that constant responsible child supervision will help prevent further tragedies. Parents should check that their local primary school is teaching Irish Water Safety’s classroom based curriculum that instils good habits for a safe summer ahead.’
Phil O’Rourke, Wicklow Water Safety development officer, said: ‘I would like to appeal to parents and guardians of young children to take particular care of them at or near water, wherever that may be at the beach, rivers, lakes, ornamental ponds or paddling pools and water hazards and indeed slurry pits on farms.’
The ESB has also issued a reminder to people about the dangers of swimming in the ESB reservoir at Poulaphou ca and Golden Falls in Wicklow.