CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs (Dojos) for young people.
At a Dojo, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable and awesome experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.
The O’Sullivan Foundation has been supporting CoderDojo through the Hello World Foundation (now the CoderDojo Foundation) since 2011, as one of the movements first and largest supporters. The non-profit global movement was founded in 2011 by James Whelton and Bill Liao in Cork, Ireland. Bill is a partner at SOSventures Investments, Ltd with Sean. What started with one computer coding club in Cork has now expanded to 470 dojos across 47 countries in just 3 short years. CoderDojos are now opening across Africa thanks to afriCoderDojo – a new partnership with the US State Department – and the first CoderDojo was recently held at Buckingham Palace in August 2014.