CoderDojo Belgium regularly organizes special Dojo’s or events that are a bit different from our monthly Dojo 's. With these special Dojo's we try to reach a specific group or make CoderDojo even better known among the general public.

Below you can find a small overview of the activities we have done “on the side” over the past years.

CliniCoders

CliniCoders is an initiative that gives chronically-ill hospitalized children the chance to enjoy a few hours of coding fun. This project, which was initiated with the support of Telenet and X -care , already takes place in the hospitals of UZ Antwerp , UZ Ghent and AZ Groeninge . At UZ Gasthuisberg we have organized a first pilot project.

During CliniCoders the participating children are assisted by kid coaches, who - in turn - are being supported by an adult lead coach. In this way we also promote social interaction between the participants and the kid coaches during the CliniDojo.

Coolest Projects

To the Irish example, CoderDojo Belgium has been organizing 'Coolest Projects' since 2016. Children and adolescents between the ages of 7 and 18 get a stage to introduce their own technological design to the public. During the first edition, enthusiastic young innovators presented 35 projects; the next edition increased the number of projects to 43. Creative entrepreneurs with big dreams can travel to the annual international showcase in Ireland to present one of the more than 500 proposed projects!

In 2016 five projects were awarded for the original, the most creative, the most technological, the most useful and the coolest project. During the second edition, more than 1,000 curious people visited this fair and the 5 prizes of the previous edition were supplemented with the following awards: the most popular, Future makers, most convincing pitch powered by Telenet Kickstart and most innovative school!

The curious visitors admire amazing projects, such as a flickering Christmas tree, sandboxes with a technological twist, retro arcade games, all kinds of robots,… A lot of the ideas are socially inspired: for example glasses to help against color blindness, a set of direction indicators for cyclists, a planning system for pills to aid seniors, an animal-friendly mouse trap and an anti-bullying friendship bench..

Visitors can amuse themselves at the tech hang-out with robots or follow a popup Dojo. A lot of fun gadgets like 3D printers, a hololens, a hot FabLab on wheels and a robot 'Zora' and an interactive Kinect Demo provide extra entertainment.

Coolest project is thus a free Show & Tell XL, made possible by the many volunteer coaches at CoderDojo and sponsor support. We are looking forward to admiring your project during the next Coolest Projects!!

MegaDojo

On May 7th, 2015 CoderDojo Belgium organized its first Mega Dojo at the Limburghallen in Genk. In one day no less than 1024 youngsters learned programming in a fun and easy way.

This Mega Dojo focused on young people between 10 and 14 years old from all disciplines and backgrounds. At the Mega Dojo they did not only learn to program: during a show and exhibition of robots, Teslas , 3D printers , etc. , they got a taste of the fascinating world of technology and science.

We would like to thank our many sponsors and volunteers to turn the first Mega Dojo into a mega - success!