5,000 due to attend ‘Monster’ Coderdojo

Susanne O'Hara from Seagate explains the wafer technology that is in the company's hard drives to Karen Walker and Tommie Higgins from Holy Child Primary School in Derry as part of CultureTECH. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.09.13
Susanne O'Hara from Seagate explains the wafer technology that is in the company's hard drives to Karen Walker and Tommie Higgins from Holy Child Primary School in Derry as part of CultureTECH. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.09.13
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More than 5,000 young people are to take part in a ‘Monster’ Coderdojo event in Derry tomorrow.

The BT Monster Dojo will offer sessions on computer programming to young people aged 11-18 with volunteer mentors from a variety of technology companies, including BT itself, taking part.

Started just over two years ago by Cork teenager James Whelton, CoderDojo has since spread throughout the globe with volunteer-led clubs running in Dublin, London, San Francisco, Tokyo and everywhere in between.

No experience is required for those who wish to take part in tomorrow’s massive CultureTECH event where a dedicated CoderDojo Divas session for girls will also feature highly. Peter Morris, BT Corporate Services Director, said: “Coderdojo is a great initiative and we are delighted to be involved by supporting the BT Monster Dojo in the North West. Communication is at the core of everything we do and we firmly believe in the importance of not only delivering a next generation fibre broadband infrastructure, but also supporting the development of key skills for our young people in keeping with the fast moving pace of our digital world.” Bill Liao from CoderDojo said: “Sprouting in Ireland the CoderDojo movement has seen huge growth and it is fitting that the largest CoderDojo ever attempted is taking place in Derry-Londonderry.

Children’s energy and passion to learn the practical magic of computer programming has to been seen to be believed and I am delighted that all the partners putting the event together will get a glimpse of the amazing future that will be created for so many bright young minds on the day.” The Monster Coderdojo is just one a number of highlights of Culturetech, a week-long celebration of digital technology, media and music taking place in Derry until Sunday, September 15.

Some of the other highlights are the Belfast Media Festival in Derry featuring speakers from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more; the international Loebner Prize Contest in Artificial Intelligence (Sep 13-15), the world’s longest running international AI prize; the DANI Awards in St Columb’s Hall tonight; the City Arcade/Multiplay Games Bash (until tomorrow), a free-to-play games arcades throughout the city centre alongside games tournaments hosted in partnership with major publishers and today’s Nerve Centre at CultureTECH, full-day music industry programme featuring speakers from Soundwave, Planet Mu, Amazing Radio, Propellerhead software.