There are a total of four CoderDojos in the San Francisco Bay Area when this news broadcast was shown. The news clip mentions the San Francisco CoderDojo at Github, but there are also Silicon Valley CoderDojo in Mountain View, South Bay CoderDojo in Campbell, and our very own TriValley CoderDojo in Dublin (East Bay).
Click the picture below or title link above to watch a local news video featuring 12-year old Mathew Malen from CoderDojo Blackrock Castle Observatory in Ireland teach coding to students from a San Francisco middle school.
Why is the CoderDojo movement important? States Conor Healy, Chamber Of Commerce in Cork, Ireland, “The tech sector is a global environment, so what you really need to do is to ensure the kids have the skills no matter where they go in the world, that it’s transferable.”
TriV’s own Co-founder, Alex Freitas (pictured left in the middle holding the mic), was part of the top team that won Best In Show at the Young Rewired State San Francisco event held November 9-10, 2013 in San Francisco at Github. The team, who named themselves Hexa Hackers, also included Austin Graham O’Hara (pictured on Alex’s right in the striped shirt) and Kent Williams (pictured to Alex’s left). The team developed a web app called Pollute-O-Meter where users can report pollution sites that are then displayed on an interactive global map. Each pollution site has information on the site including specific markers to indicate whether the pollution is related to air, water, or radiation. It was a fun event where kids decided on an area to address, created an app using open data, and gave presentations on their idea, periodic status updates, and then the final project. Kids are encouraged to continue work on these real world apps that were kicked off at YRS after the event.
Young Rewired State is an independent global network of kids aged 18 and under who have taught themselves to program computers. YRS introduces these kids to like-minded peers at events around the world where they use freely available open data to make websites, apps and algorithms to solve real world challenges. Github is already planning to host YRS San Francisco a second year, so we hope more CoderDojo members can participate at the next event!
September 23, 2013 – John Zukoski of the Around Dublin blog spreads the word of the new CoderDojo starting in Dublin, California. John along with Jimmy Huang, both Dublin residents started the website to share information they had collected on topics of interest to the TriValley area.