CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards

Be creative and you will amaze

Coolest Projects Prize Winners 2014

Every member who attended wowed us with their creations. The belts were awarded to every project presenter as their prize, for being creative in CoderDojo. There is no great prize than members taking a vision from inception all the way through to delivering it working at Coolest Projects. Well done for this, we were all very proud and humbled by your awesome projects.

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Scratch


  • The Showdown Western Game - Gavin Chapman - CoderDojo Ashbourne
  • Anti Bullying Quiz - Kathleen Maughan - CoderDojo Deansrath
  • Dyslexic games - Sam and David Curran - CoderDojo Wimslow (UK)
  • Percy Jackson Quiz -Ronan Cassidy - CoderDojo Athlone

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Website


  • Ina Panayotova, Pulse of the People - interactive data visualization, CoderDojo Cork
  • Farm Recorder - Ciaran Flanagan - Claremorris CoderDojo
  • Marshmallow - Maciej Goszczycki - Science Gallery CoderDojo
  • The Kids Studio - Lauren Boyle - CoderDojo Bray

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App


  • ReCharge my eCar, Niamh Scanlon, CoderDojo DCU
  • Fix my Pothole App - John Ryan, CoderDojo Thurles
  • Classroom Auction App - Ciara Hogan - CoderDojo Girls DCU
  • Punchbag IT - Jeremy Rigney - CoderDojo Athlone

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Other


  • Camera Selfies, Harvey, Science Gallery CoderDojo
  • Ardalet - Ciadhla Mulloy, CoderDojo Bray
  • Project 126 - Albert Ciborowski. Karol Komorowski and Kamil Orlowski - CoderDojo Zambrow (Poland)
  • Galileo Robot - Thomas Carrigan - CoderDojo DCU

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Mixed (HTML Games, Enterprise and Advanced Languages)


  • Web Based Responsive Design, Adam Barry, CoderDojo Malahide
  • Alexis Ordinary Day, Team Pigasus - Luke Hamilton, Oisín Fitzgerald and Conor Bastible, CoderDojo Sligo
  • CheetahSpoke Store - Ben Herbert
  • Clash of Empires, Adrian Garovat and Raul Brumar, Timisoara Dojo (Romania)

International Prize winner - Useless Box, a mechanically programmed box, Ugo Baroncini, CoderDojo Bologna (Italy)

Coolest Projects Awards 2014 - 7th June @ DCU

Inspiring lightning talks - 7th June @ DCU


From leading innovators, thinkers and entrepeneurs

Bill Liao


Australian entrepreneur, venture capital investor, diplomat, author and speaker with a distinguished record in the areas of business, development and community activism, Bill is co-founder of the CoderDojo movement and Founder of Weforest and is the European venture partner for SOSventures a $200m international investment fund.


Maureen Taylor


Maureen founded SNP (Smart Nice People) with Renn Vara. While teaching public speaking in the Speech and Communications Department at San Francisco State University, she became an ardent fan of Aristotle. His mandate to search the world for good people to help make their truth persuasive became SNP's mantra. She and her colleagues work with a number of leaders at Google, Oracle, Yahoo!, OPower, Twitter, Airbnb and other global enterprises.

Patrick Barry


Patrick co-founded VSware, a cloud and mobile based school administration platform adopted by over 25% of Irish schools - and rapidly growing - since the market was opened by the Department of Education in Nov 2013. After recently raising VC funding from Leaf Investments and Enterprise Ireland, Patrick and co-founder Steven Kearney are focused on scaling and expanding internationally with the recent launch of VSware.co.uk.


Des Traynor


Entrepreneur and co-founder of Intercom


Vicky Lee


Co-founder of Coding Grace
A Pythonista who likes to spend her time organising not-for-profit tech events bringing community together which includes Python Ireland, PyLadies Dublin, Coding Grace, crazy game jams with Global GameCraft, and female-friendly events/workshops.


Cool and engaging hacks - 7th June @ DCU

Educational, exciting and engaging coding challenges

Robots


Peter Redmond of Mechatrons


Security


Alan Donnelly CoderDojo DCU


Oculus Rift demo


Cian Gardiner - DIT


3D Printing


Hackets 3D


Coolest Projects Awards - LaunchPad - 8th June @ DCU

Coolest Projects Launch Pad - Sunday 8th June 2014


Do you want to Launch your Coolest Project? We are delighted to announce the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Launch Pad for this years awards. The aim of the Launch Pad is the provide you with necessary skills to take your project futher and in true CoderDojo style we promise the day will be cool and alot of fun. So once we have helped you on your way, you decide where you want to take your project next.


Proudly supported by

Skills being taught

Creative - Think differently


Brown bag films will present an exciting creative workshop encouraging you to think differently


11:00 - 11:45

Technical - Get your project live


Learn the key technical skills to release your Coolest Project from the RTE Digital and CoderDojo mentors.


11:45 - 12:30

Lunch will be provided at 12:30

Business skills


Padraig Berry from focus.ie will deliver his excellent strategic focus workshop on how to drive your project forward.


13:00 - 13:30

Presentation Skills


Bernard Fennessy from Bernard Fennessy Consulting will deliver his entertaining and engaging workshop on how to present your vision.


13:30 - 14:00


The Launch Pad iniative aims to teach you these 4 key skills to help you on your launch adventure. These skills will be taught in 4 short workshops on Sunday the 8th which will be engaging and each a litte different. We have an incredible line up to teach you the key skills and start your adventure.

It's a day we hope you really enjoy and learn alot from.

Launch Pad Tickets


Do you want to Launch your Coolest Project? We are delighted to announce the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Launch Pad for this years awards, which will be held on Sunday the 8th of June at Dublin City University.

http://coolestprojectslaunch.eventbrite.com


Coolest Projects Awards @ Dublin City University

Dublin City University


Thanks for the support from Dublin City University to host the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards on the 7th June 2013. With the growth this year the awards will be ran in the Helix and the Hub.

Accomodation

There reasonable accomodation available accross the road from the Campus for 35 Euro per night, per person. You can book this here or call +353 1 8627768

Location


Dublin City University
The Helix & the Hub, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 ‎

Coolest Projects Awards 2014 Launched at Dublin City University


DCU CoderDojo members with Magnus Ternsjo CEO of UPC Ireland, Giustina Mizzoni Development @ HWF, Noel King Coolest Projects Leader and Paul Phelan Operations Director Corporate Affairs EMEA Intel

7th June 2014, The Helix DCU

CoderDojo in conjunction with the Hello World Foundation and supporters Intel and UPC are delighted to announce the third annual CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards will be taking place on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June at the Helix, Dublin City University (DCU). This event aims to encourage, celebrate and showcase creativity among members of the CoderDojo community.

Inspired by Creativity

We are inviting young coders from the CoderDojo Community to come and showcase their projects. This event is all about the members and is a celebration of what they have achieved and created in their local Dojo. Last year ten year old Ryan Sheridan, of DCU CoderDojo won in the ‘website’ category by using the HTML and CSS knowledge he learned at CoderDojo to create his site “Skate Parks in Dublin” which shows details and photos of various skate parks. This is the creativity that the Coolest Projects is all about encouraging.

This year we are delighted to welcome Liberty Global / UPC to the CoderDojo supporter community, with their support we have been able to expand the reach of the event to include projects from European Dojos. We are excited to see members from Dojos across Ireland and Europe come together to showcase their Coolest Projects.

Rewarding skill

Intel a long time supporter of the Coolest Projects Awards are coming on board to provide all prizes again for the 2014 Awards. Every level of technical skill is welcome and rewarded and projects across seven categories are invited; Scratch, Websites, Apps, HTML games, Advanced Languages, Enterprise and Other. Projects will be ranked for not only the complexity and usability of the project but also using a 'cool' factor assessment criteria, similar to the one rule of CoderDojo: “be cool!”.

In addition to inspirational talks by industry leaders, the event will include workshops in how to build your own apps and more. Follow the Coolest Projects on twitter @coolestprojects for more updates on the event.

Launch 2014






Coolest Projects Prize Winners 2013

Every member who attended and presented received a CoderDojo belt as recognition for their great achievement in taking an idea all the way to the awards. There was 3 projects awarded in each category

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Scratch


  • Lauren Boyle (Scratch Cooking Game / Makup Salon)
  • Katie Dunne (Fortune Cookie)
  • Joel Rajesh (Driving Test)

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Website


  • Hollis Keating-O'Connor (La Alberca)
  • Adam Barker (Garden Bird ID)
  • Ryan Sheridan (Skateparks in Dublin)

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Games /Web App


  • Alan Panayotov (Crainn Games)
  • Markus Scully (Sint)
  • Aidan Molloy (Taken World)

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Other


  • Robert Ellis (Rob's game engine)
  • Harvey Brezina Conniffe (Speech recognition & syntheses AI & Raspberry PI doorbell)
  • Mitchell Dey (Robot Arm)

People's prize was won by Joshua Murray for Retrogames

The Cool Team

Creative Team

The launch team

  • Noel King (CoderDojo DCU)
  • Giustina Mizzoni (Hello World Foundation)
  • Paul Phelan (Intel)
  • Ann Horan (DCU Ryan Academy)
  • Ben Chapman (CoderDojo DCU)
  • Implementation Team

    This is an excellent team of volunteers who turn dreams into reality

    • Noel King (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Giustina Mizzoni (Hello World Foundation)
    • Marcy Del (CoderDojo Silicon Valley)
    • Sarah Doran (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Niamh Scullion (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Heather Keenan (CoderDojo DCU)
    Implementation Team
    • Ken Whelan (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Alan Donnelly (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Ben Chapman (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Eugene McDonough (Hello World Foundation)
    • Peter O'Shea (Hello World Foundation)
    • Paul Chaney (CoderDojo DCU)
    • Dr Mark Roantree (DCU)

    Aims

    Be creative

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    This event was created to encourage, promote, support and showcase creativity in CoderDojo. Projects enable you to turn your most exciting ideas into reality. Creativity is the most important aspect of these awards, we want to be amazed by your tech ideas. You are the tech innovators and leaders of the future.

    Develop your idea

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    Once you have decided on your great idea, it is time to start coding. Programming a project you are passionate about provides you with an opportunity to really extend what you have learned at CoderDojo to a new level. Actually coding a project you are excited about, you learn more yourself than we could teach you in the same timeframe.

    Mentor support

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    Mentors are on hand to help you with your projects. Each week there are mentors available to answer all your questions and help you develop your project. You are not expected to know how to program every part of your project but that is part of the fun.

    Get Involved

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    Open to all Dojos


    This event is open to all CoderDojo's in Ireland and internationally. We are currently planning the 2014 awards. This event enables you to show your great project and share ideas with other CoderDojo members.

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    Submit your idea


    We will be opening entries shortly on this site. In the mean time you can be thinking about your next coolest idea. Examples include games, scratch, slick website or advanced programming idea.

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    Demonstrate your project


    Later this year you will be invited to a full day out where you will present your project with all the other dojos. We will have our surprise judging panel on hand to check out your work. It's a huge achievement building and presenting your own project. As reward you will receive a CoderDojo Project's belt.

    Founding visionary and Partner


    Intel - Founding Visionary

    This event was only made possible through the support, vision and inspiration of Intel. When we sat down with Intel early in 2012 we identified this event for CoderDojo to support creativity, drive innovation, bring CoderDojo nationality together and recognise the amazing projects members were building.


    Partner

    Thanks to Intel for partnering with Coolest Projects again to help expand it nationally. We are both passionate about encouraging the adoption of tech subjects and providing a sustained platform for the current generation. We want this awards to celebrate not only developers, but future tech thinkers.

    Supporters

    Thanks to our amazing supporters who help make CoderDojo Coolest Awards a reality

    Sample of previous cool projects


    AppTheorems

    About to embark on their Junior and Leaving certs brother and sister combination Chris and Chloe Burke decided it was time to revolutionise the Theorem market and bring Maths learning into the 21st Century. Maths theorems are always a challenge to students as they need to be learned and reproduced exactly at exam time. This requires alot of focus and free time to memorise these. After only 3 months at CoderDojo they rose to the Coolest Projects challenge with the idea of making maths theorems mobile. They leveraged HTML, CSS and Javascript along with Phonegap to turn their idea into reality. This was one of those inspiring projects as the guys used what they have learned in CoderDojo to transfer learning across the maths domain. This app is ideal for:

    • Junior Cert students
    • Leaving Cert students
    • Maths enthusiasts

    In a great sign of the community spirit they made this app available for free on the Android Play store, which you can download from here

    Project by

    Chris and Chloe Burke CoderDojo DCU



    Oda - a new programming language

    Maciej Goszczycki decided for his cool project he wanted to learn compiler construction, a pretty cool and advanced topic for a 16 year old. Long gone are the days of writing in binary, remember binary "1001" is 9 in decimal. Thankfully we have come a long way since then and no longer have to remember long sequences of 1s and 0s. There has been a proliferation of new languages in the last 10 years and now Oda joins that list. Maciej wanted the language to to run a quickly as possible so he wrote the compiler and executor in C++. An impressive and cool vision for a 16 year old. A truly deserving winner of the Coolest Projects Awards 2012.

    Project by

    Maciej Goszczycki CoderDojo Science Gallery




    CoderDojo Athlone goes online

    What better way to give back to CoderDojo than to take what you have learned to make your CoderDojo better and more accessible. Well that's what some of the guys at Athlone did. Having just learned HTML and CSS these great members built a really cool site to support and promote their local dojo. This great project by CoderDojo Athlone should be an initiative other dojos consider. Great work guys and slick website.

    Project by

    CoderDojo Athlone




    CoderDojo rock star

    One project that rocked the foundation of Intel was Catriona's creation CoderDojo rock star. This genius project aim was to teach you how to play a musical instrument, with an online instrument and video content to support your pop chart conquest. Not content with teaching you one instrument Catriona's project will teach you how to play the guitar, piano and drums, effectively enabling you create you own rock group from the comfort of the Internet. This was one of those really fun project's which caught the excitement and imagination of those who attended.

    A great outcome from this project is that it inspired a computer game which was launched as a GCSE programming course in 2014. This game was also used at CoderDojo Girls. A great outcome Catrina that simply rocked.

    Project by

    Catrina Carrigan CoderDojo DCU




    Takenworld

    We talked recently to Aidan about his Coderdojo and Coolest Projects experience so far. Aidan has also setup his own hosting company and has an exclusive offer to Coolest Projects 2014 participants.

    What was your project all about last year?

    My project for last years coolest Project Awards was Taken World, I started Working on Taken World (takenworld.com) in January 2013. I had this idea where people could login on the internet to their account. They could have their own Village and could attack people. I already knew html and css but I had to learn Php for server side work and mysql for connecting to databases I started testing it out on my own xampp server. I was very proud of myself when I got all this done it took many hours everyday for 2 months. Once I had it all running on my local server I asked my parents Could I get web Hosting it took a bit of persuasion but In the end I got it all online over the months before Coolest Project Awards. I added Buildings, Economy and Soldiers System. People Could upgrade/downgrade buildings to give them more gold and food every turn. I then added Soldiers so people could train them to fight others and win loot.

    What was your experience of the Coolest Projects Awards last year

    I have been going to coolest Project Awards since it started 2 years ago in Intel. Last year 2013 Coolest Project Awards grew massively there were so many people compared to the first year. The atmosphere in DCU last year was brilliant There were so many cool and bright Ideas people had and were showcasing. It was great to meet so many people who were interested in the same things as I am. As I came third last year with takenworld I entered Cisco Transatlantic Coding Challenge and I was one of the winners!

    What will you be bring to the awards this year

    This Year I will be bringing Arm Power Hosting http://armpowerhosting.com a Web Hosting company I started In January of this year to Coolest Project Awards

    What will you be bring to the awards this year

    Since last years Coolest Project Awards I have been working very hard on a hosting company Arm Power Hosting (armpowerhosting.com). In January I started researching Servers and Web Hosting. I started putting together a very detailed powerpoint. I showed my parents and they were very happy with all the research I had done. I bought my servers and spent Hours on end every day for 2 months Configuring and setting up the servers and software I was using. I Then put many hours together working on the website which is based in html, css and php (My 3 favorite Coding Languages). I was very happy with how armpowerhosting.com looked. I have Website Hosting plans from 30c/month up. We currently have 100% Uptime and promise 99.99%. I started telling people about it and because I don't need profits I had great prices which brought a lot of interest. Without Coderdojo I would not know how to make a basic website coderdojo has taught me almost everything I know about computers. What I want to do for each and every one of this years Coolest Project Award Contestants is give them free web Hosting courtesy of Arm Power Hosting from now until Coolest Project awards.

    Project by

    Aidan - CoderDojo Avego




    Gaeilge Made Easy

    Jake created an app to help students learn Irish, we asked Jake a few questions about his first app development adventure

    Where did you come up with the idea for Gaeilge Made Easy?

    Ever since I joined CoderDojo, I always wanted to create an app the adults and children would like and not just use it once and never use it again, so I thought of something handy and easy to use, something educational and something teachers, students and parents will use, and that's how I thought of developing Gaeilge Made Easy .

    Who will use the App?

    I would like Gaeilge Made Easy to be used by teachers, students and anyone who wants to use it and enjoy it.

    What did you learn developing the App.?

    I learned a LOT more Irish! and a lot of HTML, a lot of CSS and Javascript. It was a great experience I will keep with me forever! I will never for get it!

    Project by

    Jake CoderDojo DCU

    Gallery 2012

    • Scratch Fan


      Stephen Howell brought his amazing Kinect Scratch demonstration along

    • Buzz at the projects


      A great buzz in the room all day with everyone showing off their projects

    • Team work


      Great development teams peer program, even share the keyboard

    • Reading the code


      Thankfully we don't have to write binary code anymore, but reading it is still fun

    • The winners receive their belts


      Everyone who presented at Coolest Project recieved a CoderDojo belt.

    • Coolest project


      Maciej coolest project winner presented his new Ultra book

    • Paul from Intel


      Paul congratulates all the projects and emphasises Intel's support for CoderDojo

    • James Whelton


      James discusses benefits and excitement around members building projects

    Our visionaries

    The cool guys who had the vision to create this event


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    Noel King


    Founder CoderDojo DCU

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    Paul Phelan


    Operations Director Corporate Affairs Group EMEA at Intel

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    Ben Chapman


    Founder CoderDojo Dublin

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    James Whelton


    CoderDojo Founder