Past, present and future CoderDojo WA community members and supporters are all invited to our "Humans of CoderDojo WA II" event, where you will get to hear from a very diverse mix of community members who will share their observations and reflections.
What is CoderDojo WA?
CoderDojo is an open source education movement, and a worldwide community of fun, free and social coding clubs (Dojos) for 7-17 year olds (Ninjas) which help them develop digital literacy and other 21st century skills.
CoderDojo WA is the Western Australian node of the international CoderDojo movement. CoderDojo WA is led and supported by the Fogarty Foundation, with help from our principal partner Scitech.
Who runs and supports these Dojos?
CoderDojo clubs are run independently at a growing range of locations including universities, businesses, schools, community centres, libraries and more. These clubs are usually run by self-nominated Champions with the support of their employer or a host organisation. These Dojos look to gain support from volunteer Mentors from within or outside their organisation so that their Ninjas are supported during sessions.
5.30pm to 6.00pm
Doors open. Free time to meet others in the CoderDojo WA movement.
6.00pm to 7.30pm
Hear short reflections from a wide range of CoderDojo WA Champions and supporters. Get inspired, informed and excited by the achievements accomplished and possibilities explored by educators, technologists, CoderDojo parents and more.
From 7.30pm to 8pm
Confirmed speakers so far (with more to be announced).....
Jack Lee-Kopij, Data Scientist Graduate and Dojo Champion at Woodside Energy
Woodside aren't your everyday oil and gas company. To keep an edge in this competitive world they're currently exploring the world of big data analysis and artificial intelligence, and have forged an alliance with NASA to develop autonomous robots. The climate of technological innovation within the company has provided the backdrop for an amazing CoderDojo coding club. Jack will share the story of this Dojo - how it was established, improvements they have made, and where it is headed in future.
Michelle Sandford, TEDx Speaker, Tech Girl Superhero, Microsoftie and one of MCV's Most Influential Women in Games
Michelle is a Technology Evangelist who acts as a connector between technology and the world. She advocates for STEM, the Games Industry and Developers; presenting at conferences all around the world on Technology, Inclusive Design and Gaming. Michelle connects people who have problems with the solutions, knowledge and technology they need to succeed. Michelle will describe what mindset and attributes are needed to succeed in the world of technology.
Jonathan Durnford, Dojo Champion at Midland Library
Jonathan will share insights from his CoderDojo experience; how he got involved with the movement and initiated a Dojo at the Midland Library. Since its beginnings, the Midland Library Dojo has been able to achieve an excellent attendance and retention rate, and the library is set to expand and improve the Dojo space itself. Jonathan will also share how he became involved with the coordination of technology workshops in the City of Swan as well as the first CoderDojo WA Game Jam in April 2017.
Camille Woodthorpe, Unity Gameplay Engineer at TheBroth
Camille is a multi-skilled developer with a strong interest in both the artistic and technical aspects of development. She has over 7 years of professional experience in interactive 3D training, real-time data visualisation, game development, and virtual reality. Despite her busy career in Game Development, Camille has made various volunteer contributions to CoderDojo WA over the years as a Mentor and previous Diversity Manager. Camille will talk about her career journey and share her advice for pursuing a career in game development.
Riduanul Hasan Shahria (Rid), Former Champion at the ECU Joondalup Dojo and Graduate Business Analyst at Bankwest
Whilst studying Software Engineering and Computer Security at ECU, Rid took on a leadership role at the ECU Joondalup CoderDojo, co-championing the Dojo with Jonathan Tennant. Despite being busy with his studies and working in the IT Services Centre at ECU, Rid gave his free time as a Champion of the Dojo for over 2 years. Upon completing his studies Rid took up a position at Bankwest. Rid will share his journey and will explain how his time helping Ninjas at CoderDojo helped him develop leadership skills and expand his network.
more speakers to be announced....
Parking and transport
Scitech is located across the road from City West train station. You can park for free under Scitech (City West). Make sure that you get your parking ticket validated by a Scitech staff member so that you can get out of the gate on your departure.
Thank you Scitech
A huge thank you to Scitech for providing the venue and staff assistance; without which this event would not be possible.
Can you help?
We will need some help from volunteers on the night itself. If you can help please select the "volunteer helper" ticket. Thank you in advance for offering your time to assist.
CoderDojo is an open-source, volunteer-driven, global movement of free coding clubs designed for young people (or, as we like to call them, CoderDojo Ninjas!).
CoderDojo WA was initiated by, and is run and supported by the Fogarty Foundation. The Foundation focuses on innovative programs and initiatives that advance education, are West Australian focused and have a long term impact.
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