The Irish Códaithe Competition is a competition set up by three 2nd year students: Timothy McGrath, Sarah O’ Shea & Rebecca Coffey from Killorglin Community College, County Kerry. This is a Student Enterprise Awards Business project.
The three set up & ran a coding/technology event in Killorgin Community College on Saturday 27th February as their Student Enterprise Awards Business project from 12-3pm and was a huge success. On the day, there were two competitions going on, the first was a CoderDojo Competition for Kerry CoderDojos. The second competition was an Open Competition for any group or individual from the county that had a technology based project. These competitions created a platform for young people to showcase what they do and the projects they made. Each project from both competitions was judged and there were amazing prizes awarded.
They had Bank of Ireland as our main sponsor for the event, The CoderDojo Foundation as another sponsor, Splash Graphic Designs, Tweak.com, The Brand Geeks , Slogadh Signs, ITEireann and FEXCO. They’re currently setting up a website at the moment and also have a thriving active Twitter, Facebook , Instagram and Periscope accounts.
Projects that entered the competition varied from a website to an app, to a Scratch game etc. All ages could enter the Irish Códaithe Competition. On the day we had 2 Raspberry Pi (is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.) for the public to test and try out, Drone flying, a Virtual Reality headset, Intel Galileo (similar to a Raspberry Pi) and much much more.
“This was a huge event, as we wanted to show that we have a strong and thriving technology-based community which we hope, in the future will encourage young people to use technology to their advantage in their lives and careers. Seán Kelly ( Member of the European Parliament) is very much behind our project as he is all for supporting & encouraging The Youth of Ireland to get Coding.
We represented our School at The Kerry Student Enterprise Awards with our project The Irish Códaithe Competition on March 4th in the IT Tralee. There we won the overall Intermediate Category Award. This means we now go forward to The All Ireland Finals of The Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Pak on April 20th.
We were invited by Bank of Ireland ,Killorglin to have a stand at The Killorglin Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Event on March 11th. At this we show cased our project The Irish Códaithe Comp. Business and we were asked to give a talk on Coding & Our Project, which we did. This was another successful event & gave us big exposure to the public. We have also been invited to The Killarney Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Event on April 15th.
Alan Murphy, Bank of Ireland Partner Challener for CoderDojo, travelled from Dublin to meet with us in February as he is very interested in our business project and going forward wants to give us all the support & help he can.”