The worldwide CoderDojo community
The CoderDojo movement is an international community of people working to share their knowledge of, and passion for, technology. You’re now a member of that community, and there are lots of opportunities for you to talk to, and even meet, your fellow members!
Join the community online
You can connect with the CoderDojo community online to ask questions and share ideas and inspiration with your fellow volunteers by joining:
- The live chat in the CoderDojo global Slack channel. You can find me there too!
- The CoderDojo forums
- The CoderDojo Facebook group
Contact a specific Dojo
If you want to contact a specific Dojo, maybe to set up an event for Dojos in your area, you can find their contact email address and social media accounts on their Dojo listing page, which you can search for here.
Coolest Projects is the annual showcase event for Ninjas where they can bring along the coolest thing they’ve built over the last year in their Dojo and show it off. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to meet members of the community, share ideas with other Ninjas and, depending on the scale of the Coolest Projects event, potentially meet people from the software and games industries.
“I loved meeting all the other attendees and sharing projects. In the USA, I have only ever worked with the kids at my Dojo, so it was unique to see international Dojos come together in one collective event.”
Kavi, 15, Ninja at Tiburon CoderDojo @ BelTib Library, California, USA
It’s also probably the most enjoyable and fun day of the year for a Dojo’s mentors and champions (at least for me!). They get to come along, see the Dojo’s Ninjas having a great time, and see the results of their shared work.
Three Foundation-led Coolest Projects events took place in 2019:
- Coolest Projects International in Dublin, Ireland on 5 May
- Coolest Projects UK in Manchester on 2 March
- Coolest Projects USA in Santa Ana, California on 23 March
Find out more on the Coolest Projects website.
DojoCons are volunteer-led CoderDojo conferences specifically tailored to champions and volunteers from the worldwide CoderDojo movement. These events connect our community by providing volunteers with a space to meet and share with each other how to best encourage the next generation of coders at CoderDojo. Dedicated volunteers organise these regional, national, or international DojoCons, and attendees include champions, mentors, and anyone who is involved or interested in getting involved in the CoderDojo movement. The events usually feature keynote speakers, and seminars and workshops led by Dojo volunteers and professionals from the educational and digital technology sectors. If you are interested in hosting a DojoCon in your community in the future, you can find guidance in our free DojoCon Handbook.
I always look forward to going to DojoCons and meeting other members of the CoderDojo community, and every time I come back with new things to try out at my Dojo and new ideas for improving my work for and with the volunteer community.