Just like last year, Coolest Projects was a great day. Many people from Coderdojo @ and the Warehouse and other dojos across Europe had very awesome projects.
This year, our Dojo had a very strong representation at the Coolest Projects. There were 16 entrants presenting 12 projects and three of the projects got awarded! Well done everyone!
Li-Fi is one of the projects submitted to Coolest Projects Awards 2016 by our Dojo.
Its author, Stephen, was a runner-up in the Evolution category of the competition last year for his Twitter platform that provides real-time information on public transport schedules for people around the world.
The project was even featured in The Irish Times!
This year’s project is also very ambitious. It is a model of a new system of the Internet signal transmission called Li-Fi. Instead of radio waves like in a normal Wi-Fi system, the medium transmitting data here is a flashing light.
The idea has been researched intensively by scientists. It is predicted that the technology will revolutionise the way the Internet infrastructure is built. It will be especially useful for aviation and all the situations where using conventional routers is impossible. However, it is very likely that Li-Fi systems will replace Wi-Fi completely because transmission through light waves is much faster and safer than through radio waves.
Looks like Stephen is on the forefront of a technology revolution.
We keep our fingers crossed for his entry into Coolest Projects! 😀
Despite the unusually tropical weather in Dublin, over 30 people came to The Warehouse last Saturday, including two new mentors, Sebastian and Martin.
Most of the Ninjas worked on their projects submitted to Coolest Projects Awards.
The team of Julia, Patrick, Nathan and Moghammed worked on their sensing car.
It is a very cool creation. The car is equipped with a sensor and a camera and controlled by an Android app. Lost your key, a remote or a hamster? No need to search around on your knees, just send the car for a mission and look at the camera feed on your phone. Smart!
Mika, Alex and Felim are working on a project on the Raspberry Pi. It is going to be a miniature, portable gaming console and they are even making their own games!
There is also one Ninja in the Scratch group who entered the Coolest Projects Award. Charles joined our Dojo barely a few weeks ago but is already very advanced in Scratch coding. Looks like it is a true passion of his. He is doing a multilevel game for the competition. Good luck, Charles!
Over the course of the next few weeks, we will show off the rest of the projects.
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A lot of things happened last Saturday over at Coderdojo @ the Warehouse.
First of all, Derek brought in his 3D printer to help Finbar with his project and he let other people also print some cool stuff out.
Secondly, volunteers from Coolest Projects came to have a little talk explaining more or less what Coolest Projects is all about, to those who didn’t go last year and he answered some of the questions that people had for him. He also brought a working drone with him and let people have a go of steering it with his phone. It was very fun! Don’t forget that you can still register your project at www.coolestprojects.org! 🙂
Attending last year’s Coolest Projects was a spectacular experience!
As soon as they got there, all contestants recieved a t-shirt, a VIP pass and a lunch token. Then someone would show them where they were going to be showing their projects.
There were lots of rows of tables layed out. Every category had it’s own few rows. Each contestant was given one table (about 1 sq m) where they would present their project.
In the middle of the room was a huge screen with the names of all of the contestants being shown in a continuos loop. It was great fun to look up every few minutes and see my name on there.
When the first judging began, 3 judges would go around to everybody’s project. One of the judges was just holding a 2 minute timer all the time and barely said anything, while it felt like the other two judges were playing ‘good cop, bad cop’ on you because one was constantly complimenting your project and one was constantly questioning it and asking why you didn’t do stuff differently, ect. Shortly after, the judges came again.
After both judgings, everyone got a chance to have a look around. You could take look at other peoples’ projects or take a look at some of the companies that had a stand there. Some of my favourite stands included the TV one (I think it was Sky or UPC or something like that) which had a massive background with MARVEL’s Avengers which you could have a photo on and the McAfee one, which had a program that tracked hacker attacks all over the world. It was interesting to see just how many happen within mere seconds.
Upstairs there were also some science and technology stands, showing off cool stuff. There was a working 3D-printer as well as a virtual reality headset.
You could also redeem your lunch token for an apple and a sandwich and if you were still hungry, there were some food tracks outside.
About a couple of hours later, the ceremony began. Everybody got a chance to go on the stage at some point a recieve something. Last year everybody got an orange ‘belt’ which was a really cool USB that you could put around your wrist.
Every category also had several runner-ups and winners. Maciej and Harvey from our Dojo took first place in their categories and Stephen, Maebh and Eabha took second place in their categories.
But just before the winners were announced, the creator of Coderdojo went on for a quick speech.
Overall it was a really fun day. I am definitely looking forward to going again this year. 🙂
You can now register for Coolest Projects 2016, which will be held on 18th June in the RDS, at https://register.coolestprojects.org/#/pages/signup.
If you are entering as a team the maximum size of a team is 3.
When registering don’t forget to select Dublin @ The Warehouse for your CoderDojo.
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