CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards will see more than 500 young finalists from across Ireland and Europe converge in the RDS on Saturday June 13th. These inspiring young people will showcase technological creations including apps, games, websites, robots, drones and ‘hacks’ to make our lives run better.

The Awards will be free to attend and open to the public.

CoderDojo Coolest Projects 2015 offers CoderDojo youth aged 7 – 17 the chance to submit individual or group projects created using their creativity and skills with computer languages and hardware learnt at CoderDojo.

The awards are open to all projects created by CoderDojo members. A new “evolution” category has been included this year to cater for young people with very sophisticated projects incorporating advanced coding languages or hardware or software.

Previous winners of the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards include 10-year old Lauren Boyle (currently EU Digital Girl of the Year), Thomas Carrigan (robot creator), and 12-year old Niamh Scanlon, who last year built an app to allow users of electric cars find free charging points and see whether or not they are currently available.

“The level of innovation we are seeing in the Coolest Projects entries we are receiving from around the world is inspiring. There is no doubt that we are at the vanguard of a youth movement that sees young people generating astonishing results in coding and hardware. Students can have an idea and move to execute it themselves right away – that’s a level of freedom that young people love. It’s great to see Microsoft on board encouraging and facilitating young people who haven’t experienced coding yet to get involved,” said Mary Moloney, CEO of the CoderDojo Foundation.

Microsoft who are the official European partner for the CoderDojo Foundation, is offering participating students the chance to win a Surface 3 device by tweeting a selfie with their own cool project to @MicrosoftIrl. Microsoft will also be providing demonstrations and tutorial sessions to introduce young people to world of invention that coding represents.

For more information about the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards, please visit www.coolestprojects.org.

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