The development community has never really been known for either its generosity or leading the way as far as social responsibilities, but perhaps CoderDojo will begin to change that.
CoderDojo is a global community of development “dojos”, where kids can learn to code for free. Already set up across the States, UK and Ireland, with new Dojos popping up across the world.
At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. Dojos organise tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers to talk about their career and what they do, and organise events. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.
With youth unemployment at an all time high, it’s projects like this that can really make a difference and give an amazing opportunity for the next generation whilst (dare I say it) making it cool to be a developer.
We’re completely bought into these kind of work so if you have any app ideas to support your local community, we would love to hear from you.