Sunday 22 April 2018

Thousands of young international coders to gather at Coolest Projects event at RDS

Abigail & Aisling McGowan are twins (12) who attend their local CoderDojo club at Cabinteely @ Grainstore, where they created a motion sensor bat game using the visual programming language Scratch (Conor McCabe Photography)
Abigail & Aisling McGowan are twins (12) who attend their local CoderDojo club at Cabinteely @ Grainstore, where they created a motion sensor bat game using the visual programming language Scratch (Conor McCabe Photography)
Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the seventh annual Coolest Projects International event this summer.

The world-leading showcase, which takes place at Dublin's RDS on May 26, offers young CoderDojo people the opportunity to present their own innovations.

Aoibheann Mangan (11) was named as European Digital Girl of the Year in the 11-14 year-old category of the Ada Awards last November in Belgium. (Conor McCabe Photography)
Aoibheann Mangan (11) was named as European Digital Girl of the Year in the 11-14 year-old category of the Ada Awards last November in Belgium. (Conor McCabe Photography)

Young coders aged up to 18 years can compete and exhibit at the event, which offers them more exposure than their local Dojo.

Over 1,000 creators from 51 countries including Bulgaria, France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Japan will showcase their projects at this year's event.

For the first time ever, Coolest Projects is also open to the Raspberry Pi community, which includes members of Code Club and Raspberry Jams.

The themes for the event include celebrating creativity - for self-fulfilment, personal development, and self-expression; engaging parents in technology - so that they can be more aware of and confident about their children’s future; and inspiring educators -  talks by leading educational technology experts and opportunities to try out and discuss the latest resources and tools.

Aoibheann Mangan (11) was named as European Digital Girl of the Year in the 11-14 year-old category of the Ada Awards last November in Belgium.
Aoibheann Mangan (11) was named as European Digital Girl of the Year in the 11-14 year-old category of the Ada Awards last November in Belgium.

Tickets for Coolest Projects are free of charge for all those under 18 wishing to attend, and are €10 for adults.

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