Participant info

Q: When will registration open to those who are displaying a project?

  • Details will be announced closer to the event.

Q: What level does my project have to be?

  • ALL projects from beginner to advanced are accepted. TheCoderDojo Coolest Projects is all about recognition for those that had an idea and made it a reality using the skills they learnt at their local CoderDojo.

Q: Where can I register my project?

  • You can register your project here. Please note: All levels are accepted. Projects will only be accepted from CoderDojo attendees / community members. Any questions on the process contact: [email protected]

Q: Can I update my project details after I’ve registered?

  • Yes, if you have registered a project you can login and edit or update the details here.

Q: What should you bring?

  • If you are displaying a project, bring all the items and peripherals that you need to present your project on the day.

Q: What size stand space do I have?

  • Project presenters will have a 1m x 1m stand. This stand will also include a power connection.

Q: Will there be wifi?

  • Yes, but wifi on the day will be limited as the amount of people in the building grows during the day. We would advise you not to rely on using the wifi on the day to present your project and to have an offline version of your project ready to show to the judges.

Q: Can I bring posters?

  • Yes, however there is no designated area at the stand to put them up, so if you decide to bring posters please make them smaller than 1 meter squared in size.

Q: what is the OpeNet Innovator stage?

  • The OpeNet innovator stage is an opportunity for young people participating in the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards to get on stage in the Main Hall, pitching their idea and having an interview. The youth’s innovation does not have to be a proper business plan! The idea behind the OpeNet innovator stage is to give young innovators the opportunity to further enhance their presentation skills, vital for the future innovators of the world. Spaces are limited! If you are interested in booking a space, log in to the platform and confirm your spot by pre-booking online. *All youth must be pre-booked; no children will be able to join the stage on the day.

Q: Will there be food?

Q: Are parents allowed into the awards ceremony at the end of the day?

The Rules and Regulations

  • The Coolest Projects Awards is open to all young people involved in a CoderDojo around the world.
  • All projects and anything created by CoderDojo Youth members are accepted for registration and can fit into one of the below categories.
  • All entrants must be available to attend the RDS, Dublin, Ireland on the 17th of June 2017.
  • No online, video or remote entries can be accepted.
  • Entries can be from individuals or from a team of no more than 4 individuals per team. Each individual member must be registered for group projects. Please use the same project and team name when registering.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (GMT) on the 21st of May 2017.
  • Projects created for other competitions can be entered in Coolest Projects.
  • Project participants studying at Third Level are not eligible to participate.
  • The Coolest Projects cannot take any responsibility for personal belongings lost, damaged or stolen on the day. Project presenters are responsible for all their own equipment and belongings on the day.
  • Submitting an entry does not fully guarantee entry, we have grown the event to cater for 1,000 projects, should we exceed this number we will have to allocation projects at our discretion.
  • You can only present 1 project at Coolest Projects.
  • Please refrain from using any inappropriate, violent or copyrighted content.
  • Please don’t worry if you have not fully completed your project, bring it and you can show the parts of the project that are working. The Coolest Projects event is all about the experience and learning gained from participating and showcasing what you’ve created!

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Project Categories:

  • There are 6 different categories, they are:
    • Scratch – Anything developed using the Scratch platform, from games to animations.
    • Websites – The websites category is for websites which showcase or inform people about any topic that you like. These sites are built using HTML, CSS and Javascript. Finding activities to keep you occupied over the summer or getting the history of your town.
    • Games + Web Games – The games category is for every kind of game made in any language on any technology.  This category excites and engages at every level and we want members to develop games that excite all those who attend.
    • Mobile Apps –  The applications category is for interactive mobile apps which help, inform or entertain people
    • Hardware – Robots, machines and hacks. The hardware category is for projects that use hardware, like the Intel Galileo, Raspberry Pi, Arduino or any hardware platform, to change the physical world around them using code and hardware.
    • Evolution – This encompasses the members who have taken their CoderDojo projects to the next level, it includes the latest and greatest real web applications, enterprise projects that members have launched and advanced language computation such as C++.  This category is a mix of complex computing projects.

Judging Criteria:

There will be official Coolest Projects judges on the day and they will be reviewing all the projects and scoring them. Don’t be intimidated, the presentation of your project is a fun part of the day! These are the four areas where points will be allocated to each project on the day. 

  1. Coolness – how cool/unique is the idea – 20 marks
  2. Communication / Presentation – How you explain the idea to the judges – 10 marks
  3. Ðesign & Usability – What does it look like and how user-friendly is it – 10 marks
  4. Complexity – What level of technology is used – 10 marks

Please keep in mind that the main aim of the CoderDojo Coolest Projects is to reward and encourage the creativity of all CoderDojo Ninjas on the day. Projects of all levels from CoderDojo Ninjas are accepted!

Those who have registered a projects (CoderDojo Youth) do not need to book a ticket, however parents, guardians, siblings, friends and extended family will need to book a ticket. Ticket booking will be available soon.

If you have registered a project you can login and edit or update the details here.

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Other T&C’s

  • When an entry is submitted, permission is granted to the Coolest Projects and CoderDojo Foundation teams to use the project for future publicity or educational purposes. In such use, the organisers will make sure that the author/creator/school is clearly acknowledged for their work.
  • The Coolest Projects organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entry based on inappropriate or copyrighted content and any entries which do not adhere to the competition rules and guidelines.
  • RTE as our media partner will interview Coolest Projects participants and winners, project participants will need to complete the consent form with their parents on entry to the RDS.
  • Coolest Projects is run and supported by the CoderDojo Foundation.

If you have any questions please contact:

[email protected]

We are looking forward all your AWESOME submissions this year!