Monday 14 October 2019

CoderDojo undergoing major upgrade to cope with demand

James Whelton: named ‘one to watch’ by ‘Forbes’
James Whelton: named ‘one to watch’ by ‘Forbes’

Peter Flanagan New Technology Correspondent

CODERDojo is being rebuilt from the ground up to cope with the huge demand for the system.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the company's founder James Whelton said his team was rebuilding the code used by the non-profit firm and was in the process of upgrading its infrastructure as demand for its services increased.

The non-profit unit promotes computer coding skills with young people. It began in Ireland but has since gone global with "Dojos" being held around the world.

Set up three years ago, it has quickly become one of the most influential coding groups in the world.

The 21-year-old Cork native, who was named as "one to watch" by the prestigious 'Forbes' magazine this year, said his group was now focused on improving the business.

"At the moment, we're getting ready to build and upgrade a lot of the infrastructure and build the appropriate systems to deal with the expansion we are seeing.

"There's also a lot of development on the existing community at the moment," he added.

CoderDojo is almost unique in the tech sector as it is actively supported by Bank of Ireland, something Mr Whelton admitted was unusual.

"I suppose it can be a bit unnerving to be approached by a bank who is looking for your business, especially as we are not in a 'traditional' business, but things have gone well and it has been really good for us to have their support," he said.

"Come September, I think there'll be a lot more scaling of CoderDojo overseas, which we will be trying to do without disrupting the existing community we have, so we're going to be kept busy for sure.

"There are a lot more big firms, such as Cisco, sponsoring Dojo events so we have to have our business set up to match what they are doing," he added.

Irish Independent

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