DkIT to host re­gion’s first ever cod­ing event for school chil­dren

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Dun­dalk In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy will host Me­gaDojo Dun­dalk, the re­gion’s first ever ma­jor cod­ing event for school chil­dren, on Sat­ur­day Oc­to­ber 13.

The event will take place in the Car­rolls Build­ing at DkIT with a va­ri­ety of in­ter­ac­tive cod­ing work­shops, demos and tech talks tak­ing place through­out the day from 10am to 4pm.

Me­gaDojo Dun­dalk is aim­ing to at­tract over 500 young peo­ple from across the north east. This ini­tia­tive is co­or­di­nated by the School of In­for­mat­ics & Cre­ative Arts at DkIT in con­junc­tion with Coder­dojo Ire­land.

The Ir­ish Coast­guard will at­tend as a spe­cial guest and will be on cam­pus with their res­cue boat to show­case how they use tech­nol­ogy dur­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions. A fund-raiser for Bum­bleance, the Chil­dren’s Na­tional Am­bu­lance Service, will also take place on the day.

Bren­dan Ry­der, Head of De­part­ment of Vis­ual Hu­man Cen­tred Com­put­ing at DkIT said:‘Me­gadojo is the largest co­or­di­nated cod­ing event in the world in 2018 and we are de­lighted to bring it to our re­gion for the first time. We are aim­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 512 young peo­ple to take part in the event and we wel­come any­one aged 7 to 17 to come along on the day and test out their cod­ing skills.’

‘Our Me­gadojo aims to reach a wider au­di­ence and give young peo­ple, who might not nor­mally have ex­po­sure to cod­ing, an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate their own con­tent,’ said Fiona Law­less, Head of De­part­ment of Com­put­ing Science and Math­e­mat­ics. ‘We have also in­vited a num­ber of lo­cal tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies to ex­hibit on the day and to show­case some in­no­va­tive ways they use tech­nolo­gies in their busi­nesses.’

Pe­ter Gosling, com­put­ing lec­turer at DkIT and lead or­gan­iser of Me­gaDojo Dun­dalk man­ages the DkIT Coder­Dojo which meets one Sat­ur­day per month for reg­u­lar cod­ing ses­sions. ‘Cod­ing is for every­one and the great thing about Coder­Dojo is that no pre­vi­ous pro­gram­ming ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to take part. Young peo­ple, or ‘nin­jas’ as we call them, get so much out of tak­ing part from prob­lem-solv­ing skills to en­hanced IT skills and they are also en­cour­aged to ex­plore their cre­ativ­ity with their ideas,’ he said. ‘It is fan­tas­tic to take Coder­Dojo to the next level with Me­gaDojo Dun­dalk.’

To book a place, log onto www.me­gadojo.ie/ dun­dalk/. No pre­vi­ous cod­ing ex­pe­ri­ence needed.

DkIT Pres­i­dent and staff out­side Bum­bleance Am­bu­lance at na­tional launch of Me­gadojo in Dublin.

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