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.
This year’s Coolest Projects International event is on May 26 — find out more on the Coolest Projects website.
The annual CoderDojo volunteers conference focuses on sharing what we have learned in the last year about the best way to run a Dojo: methods of mentoring, cool and useful technology, and projects you may wish to investigate for your Dojo. Every year, I look forward to going and meeting other members of the CoderDojo community, and I always come back with new things to try out at my Dojo and new ideas for improving my work for and with the volunteer community.
This year’s international DojoCon is the weekend of 19 to 21 October, and you can learn more about it on the DojoCon website. Regional DojoCon events also run throughout the year.