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!!