They have jointly set a target of finding 1,000 new Mentors and 100 companies to provide facilities for the Dojos in Ireland, by their 2nd birthday – July 2013.To this end they are hosting two events on the 28th and 29th September in Trinity’s Science Gallery to demonstrate why people should get involved with Coderdojo. On the 28th, companies from across Ireland are invited to learn about hosting a Dojo on their premises and on the 29th September, IT engineers are asked to come and learn about becoming a Mentor and other volunteers are also welcome.
Maureen Lynch, Director of Hays in Ireland explains why Hays got involved, “CoderDojo is such a positive news story for Ireland. We know as well as anyone how difficult it is to source talented developers and this is a really innovative way to hopefully plug that gap in the future. But more importantly, the Dojos themselves are a really cool environment that everyone involved seems to enjoy. I take my daughter every Saturday and she loves it.”
Bill Liao and James Whelton, the founders of Coderdojo, which is now running in 21 countries, will be attending both days of the 100 Dojos, 1,000 Mentors event. They will be supported by IBM and McAfee who will testify why they are hooked to the CoderDojo movement. Norah Casey, publishing entrepreneur and TV Dragon will also talk about her own kids’ experience at a Dojo.
“The Dojos are booked on a weekly basis and they are snapped up in hours with waiting lists into the hundreds” Bill Liao explains. “There is a fantastic opportunity here to embrace a momentum that will build the next generation of IT talent and let the kids and Mentors have fun doing so.”
If you are an IT programmer and you are interested in becoming a Mentor or if you think your organisation might be interested in hosting a Dojo, go to hays.ie for more information and to register.
Note to editor:
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. As at 30 June 2012 the Group employed 7,800 staff operating from 245 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2012:
– the Group reported net fees of £734 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £128 million;
– the Group placed around 55,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 33% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 36% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 31% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% of net fees;
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.
CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit IT coding clubs and regular sessions for young people. It was set up by James Whelton, the teenage iPod Nano hacker with entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Liao. What started as an after-school club in the National Software Centre in Cork has since exploded around the world and is now established in 21 countries including Germany, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Brazil and USA. A Dojo is the actual after-school club that kids can attend to learn how to code, there are currently 40 Dojos in Ireland. The Mentor teaches the young people how to write code, there are currently 40 Mentors in Ireland.