CoderDojo is a global community of free programming
clubs dedicated to helping young people understand
the magic behind the technology that surrounds them.
The CoderDojo Foundation
What is CoderDojo?
• Creating the world they want to live in
• Connecting with each other across borders and boundaries
• Developing the skills required to be successful in our increasingly
• Benefiting from the expertise of volunteers who donate their time
freely to educate the next generation
Every week, as a direct result of CoderDojo clubs in
59 countries, 35,000 young people are:
...... all for free!!
What is CoderDojo?
CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led
community of free programming
clubs for young people between the
ages of 7 and 17.
The movement is based on an
Open Source Model, meaning
anyone adhering to the CoderDojo
Charter can set up a Dojo
anywhere in the world.
The movement focuses on
encouraging kids to express their
creativity and to develop new
CoderDojo 1 Rule Be Cool!
In less than four years, the movement has spread rapidly throughout the world. Today
there are more than 750 Dojos spread across 59 countries, with more being set up every
See Global Dojos: Paris CoderDojo, New York CoderDojo, Western Australia CoderDojo
So What Exactly is a Dojo?
A Dojo is a local, independent
volunteer-led, free programming
club for young people that
follows the CoderDojo Charter. It
becomes part of the global
community by adopting the ethos
and philosophy of the CoderDojo
movement. Dojos are built on
community spirit and encourage
children to collaborate and learn
from each other.
‘‘For me CoderDojo is the place
where young people can learn to
Werner Vogles CTO Amazon
By learning how to code from an early age,
children are exposed to a new way of thinking
and problem solving. These skills will make
them valuable future employees.
Global Skills Gap
Globally, industries are struggling to hire
enough skilled employees. Europe is expected
to face a shortfall of over 900,000 technically-
skilled employees by 2020.
CoderDojo is an informal learning
environment. It gives young people the
opportunity to deeply explore technology in an
enjoyable and low pressure environment.
Why is CoderDojo important?
In CoderDojo, every child is given an equal
opportunity to learn. The movement is
inclusive of everyone, regardless of their
background, race or culture.
Changing the Ratio
By learning from female mentors who are
successful in industry, CoderDojo is helping to
close the gender gap by inspiring young girls
to see programming as a career opportunity.
CoderDojo ultimate goal is to enable young
people to become a generation of technology-
savvy digital creators.
The CoderDojo Ethos
Contributing to the
Underpinned by a
What Children Learn at Dojos
What Children Learn at Dojos
The Soft Skills
• Creative problem solving
• Leadership skills
• Logical thinking
• Presentation Skills
• Social Skills
Get in touch with us!
The CoderDojo Foundation are here to help
guide you through the process!
1. Become a Champion.
A Champion is the individual who takes the
lead on organising a Dojo. Champions can be
parents, teachers, technologists or just
individuals who want to do something for their
community. To kick off the process register
yourself on coderdojo.com/start
2. Gather A Team.
Dojos work best when a team is built to
support and manage them. All Dojos require a
technical mentor (ratio of 1:10 minimum), non
technical volunteers can manage registration
or social media.
How do you start a Dojo?
3. Find a Venue.
Dojos can be run in any venue that has wifi,
chairs, tables and heat! Libraries, canteens,
community centers, meeting rooms all work.
The venue should be donated for free.
4. Plan Your Dojo.
Dojos can run weekly, bi-weekly or monthly,
pick what works for you and set a start date.
Decide on what content to start your Dojo off
with, for help here visit the CoderDojo wiki
5. Promote your Dojo.
Promote your Dojo to local youth club, schools
or among colleagues and friends. The average
Dojo size is 35 but you can start small and
“CoderDojo has definitely
influenced my thoughts on
college….made me look into an
area I wouldn’t have considered
before” Catrina, Attendee
“One of the things that he looked forward
to was his weekly trip to CoderDojo. He
feels at home in the environment” Ken,
Parent of child on autistic spectrum
“I thought it was cool how all the apps
worked, so when I heard about the Dojo I
wanted to start coming. Today I’m using
Xcode and writing a calculator in
Objective-C” Ted, attendee
“It’s great to see someone going
from having literally no experience to
having a working interactive web site
they’ve built by hand”
“In 2013, women made up 14 percent of all computer
science graduates — down from 36% in 1984. This
imbalance persists in the tech industry.”
New York Times, 31st May 2014
CoderDojo Blazing a trail for young females in ICT
In CoderDojo we are challenging the socially-
accepted idea among young girls that the world of
the computer sciences is not for them!
• Currently 30% of Dojo attendees are girls.
• Dojos struggle to attract girls aged 12- 16.
• Societal stereotypes and unconscious
biases have both been shown to discourage
girls from choosing STEM-related subjects.
Certain Dojos run ‘Girls only’ sessions. The aim of
these are to:
• Build up young girls confidence.
• Make the learning relevant to girls.
• Showcase positive female role models.
• Appeal to their creative sides.
Our aim is for Dojo attendees to ultimately reflect an
equal split between boys and girls. We would like to
see girl-specific interventions become unnecessary
because societal perceptions have changed
irrevocably, and girls opt in to attend Dojos!
Garima has a
fascination for science
& coding. She wanted
to share her
knowledge with young
people in her
community so started a
Dojo! Now she runs
the weekly Dojo with
the support of mentors
from local businesses
around the area. s
Lauren attended her
first Dojo 3 years ago.
She now develops
apps, websites and
games. She was
named EU Digital Girl
of the year in 2014.
She has developed
Cool Kids Studio, a
healthy eating website.
Maciej has been
attending Dojos for
nearly 4 years. He
won the 2013
Project Award by
creating and open
sourcing his own
Ninja Success Stories
Niall has attended his
Dojo every week since
the beginning of the
He became Europe's
learning Swift and
publishing an app on
the app store ‘’Kehoes
Crazy War of Worlds”.
The Coolest Projects Awards
The CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards is the only event of its kind in the world! The aim of the event is to
recognise achievement and celebrate the creativity of the kids & young people within Dojos. Prizes are
awarded across 6 categories: Scratch, Hardware, Websites, Apps, Games and Enterprise (Advanced
Languages). The awards have grown rapidly year after year and in 2016 we are expecting over 750
projects to be demoed!
2013 – 75 projects entered, 2014 - 240 projects entered, 2015 – 510 projects
1. Support Digital Creators
Support new and young digital creators, change-makers, innovators and entrepreneurs of
tomorrow. CoderDojo creates spaces for young people to explore technology and to
develop crucial skills such as programming, problem solving, teamwork and creativity. Our
ninjas have already achieved great things and as the movement scales, their possibilities
are limitless. We have already seen young lives change because of participation in Dojos.
5 Reasons to support CoderDojo
2. Global Presence
Support a movement that is enabled by
a truly global, connected community,
with 750 Dojos located in 59 countries.
At Dojos, young people are introduced to
the concepts of remote and collaborative
working across geographical boundaries.
To them, the world, enabled by
technology, is borderless.
Be part of a phenomena that is growing rapidly
and is supporting positive change in the world. The
growth that has been achieved in less than 4 years
is extraordinary. With further partnership and
support, we can achieve our goal of giving every
child, regardless of where they’re from, the
opportunity to learn about technology in a
meaningful and interactive way.
Why Support CoderDojo?
in >4 years
Sample of Outlets who cover CoderDojo
Be associated with a brand that in a short
space of time has become internationally
recognised and regularly featured in
international media covering themes like:
technology, coding, tech skills, STEM, the
global skills gap, empowerment, youth and
Attend and feature in high impact
special technology and youth
events. To increase the profile and
awareness of CoderDojo, we
regularly run events in unique
locations such as Buckingham
Palace, SXSW, Web Summit and
the European Union Parliament.
Why Support CoderDojo?
Our vision is a world where every child has the opportunity to learn about
technology and be creative in a safe and social environment.
2015 – 2016 Strategic Pillars of Focus
CoderDojo Foundation Overview
Engaging all young people
Engaging & SupporHng all volunteers
Development & CuraHon of Content & Resources
Global Community Growth
CommunicaHons & Brand Awareness Building
Company No: 524255
CHY No: CHY20812
Comms & Events
Opportunities for Partnering
1. Funders: Make a financial donation above a set tier per annum directly to the Foundation.
These donations enable the core team to deliver the activities required to operate and support
existing and start up Dojos globally.
2. Pro Bono Partners: Donate Resources that benefit the CoderDojo Community/Foundation.
Examples include free hardware or software donations for global Dojos.
3. Growth Partners: Are organizations who use existing infrastructure/resources to scale
CoderDojo by opening Dojos across global locations. Growth partners evangelize CoderDojo
and encourage employees to start Dojos both informally or through a structured CSR
4. Alliance Partners: Are organisations who share a similar mission/vision and want to align
with CoderDojo. Typically these partners cross-promote their offerings, and share knowledge
Collaboration is at the core of what we do.
We’re always open to engaging with new & potential partners,
specifically in the following areas:
Join the Movement!
There are opportunities in your life to change somebody else’s world for the better, to
be the giant on whose shoulders the next generation stand. This is at the core of
everything that CoderDojo stands for and does. Join this unique and special movement
to impact the next generation!
@CoderDojo [email protected] www.coderdojo.com