MegaDojo Timisoara 2017

A project from Education category, initiated by CoderDojo România

    • 10 Oct 2017

      You are Mega!

      ”Congrats! Your MegaDojo Timisoara 2017 campaign has been financed!”

      It's great to start your working day reading this text! Especially when you know that it is one of those days when the effort to organize the event you are fundraising for should be at a maximal level!

      Thank you all to those that have contributed to this succes: from the Timisoara young student in a UK University that in the break between two lectures or commuting with the Tube have donated 10 RON up to the numerous volunteer CoderDojo mentors that have added each couple of hundreds lei to the infinite more valuable weekly contribution in time and energy, from the mother o two ninjas that have been active in 2013-14 up to the Serbian entrepreneur who, inspired by what he've seen in Timisoara decided to start a dojo in his small town beyond the border, and on on!

      Thanks for confirming what we already knew about you: that you really care, that you are always close to us and, much more, that you are always close to the kids that are learning weekly something useful and important in the field of programming, and hopefully of true humanity, at CoderDojo!

      We learned and lived unexpectedly much during the campaign weeks and we'll try to include the lessons learned in some written materials, aiming to encourage other potential campaign initiators to attract people and community support in order to made public good that will drive all of us one or two steps forward!

      Our mission haven't ended here as, we hope, your mission is not ending here: we are waiting all of you as guests to MegaDojo, we are hoping that many of you will become mentors, organizers or hosts of CoderDojo clubs in Timisoara or elsewhere!

      Above all, together we are cool!

      Radu Ticiu and MegaDojo Team

      PS: special thanks to Bogdan Teleman, ex-champion at CoderDojo Giroc, who worked a lot to campaign and to MegaDojo preparation! His leave to a new job abroad prevent us to celebrate together this success! 

    • 10 Oct 2017

      Sunteti Mega!

      ”Felicitari! Campania MegaDojo Timisoara 2017 a fost finantata!”

      E bine sa iti incepi ziua citind acest text! Mai ales cand stii ca e una dintre acele zile in care efortul de organizare a evenimentului pentru care faci crowdfunding trebuie sa fie maxim!

      Va multumim celor care ati contribuit la acest succes: de la studentul timisorean in Marea Britanie care intre doua cursuri sau intre doua statii de metrou a donat 10 RON pana la numerosii mentori voluntari de la CoderDojo care au adaugat la infinit mai valoroasa contributie saptamanala in timp si energie si cateva utile sute de lei, de la mama unor ninja activi prin 2013-2014 pana la antreprenorul din Serbia care inspirat de ceea ce a vazut in Timisoara a decis sa initiatieze un dojo in oraselul de dincolo de granita cu Romania, si asa mai departe!

      Va multumim pentru ca ne-ati confirmat ceea ce, de fapt, stiam despre voi: faptul ca va pasa, faptul ca va avem mereu alaturi, noi dar mai ales copiii care invata saptamanal ceva important din domeniul programarii si, speram, al umanitatii, la CoderDojo!

      Am invatat si trait incredibil de multe in saptamanile campaniei si vom incerca sa prezentam aceste lucruri in cateva materiale scrise, in ideea in care si alti potentiali initiatori si administratori de campanii sa atraga mai usor sprijinul oamenilor si al comunitatii pentru a putea face acel ”mai bine” care sa ne duca pe toti cu un pas sau doi inainte!

      Misiunea noastra nu s-a incheiat aici, la fel cum, speram, misiunea voastra nu se incheie: va asteptam pe cat mai multi dintre voi ca vizitori ai MegaDojo, va asteptam pe toti ca mentori, organizatori sau gazde de implementari CoderDojo!

      Above all, together we are cool!

      Radu Ticiu si echipa MegaDojo

      PS: multumiri speciale lui Bogdan Teleman, ex-champion al CoderDojo Giroc, care a muncit extrem de mult la campanie si la pregatirea MegaDojo! Plecarea lui la un nou loc de munca in strainatate ne priveaza de posibilitatea de a sarbatori impreuna acest succes! 

    About the project

    The MegaDojo Timisoara 2017 was developed as the biggest event in the field of programming education ever held in a unique location in Romania.                


    Jointly organized by the 15 CoderDojos in Timisoara Metropolitan Area, with the support of Banat IT Association, the event will reunite about 512 children and teenagers (7-17 years old), out of which 300 are already participating to CoderDojo activities while the ballance will be newcomers to get into contact with the technology as digital creators. They will be guided by 100+ of former, current and future CoderDojo mentors Alongside local participants, we'll also invite to Timișoara representatives of other Romanian and neighboring countries dojos and of the Ireland-based CoderDojo Foundation, the legal entity coordinating the global implementation.

    The event will be promoted among the local tech professionals, aiming to attract them as new mentors. We will also invite the general public, parents, teachers, representatives of companies and other organizations that could become hosting venues for new dojos.



    During the event’s 8 hours duration, besides regular CoderDojo working sessions, including workshops on various technologies (Scratch, html + CSS, JavaScript, C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, Photoshop, Game Development, Robotics), we will organize various flash competitions, presentations by mentors and ninjas. A VIP Lounge will be organized, where the VIP status will belong to ninjas who developed nationally or internationally awarded projects. They will present their respective projects to event's special guests (managers of local tech companies, teachers and academics, representatives of local authorities). 

    The general public, parents and friends of participating ninjas will be welcome to attend the event. Other elements of attraction will be the booths with augmented and virtual reality equipment, workshops dedicated to online privacy and computer security risks, robot competitions, etc.

    MEGADOJO and European Code Week

    The day we’ve chose for organizing the MegaDojo event is October 14th, in the middle of European Code Week (October 7 - 22), a framework endorsed by the European Union for promoting continent-wide programming and programming education activities run by various organizations similar to Banat IT Association.

    WHO WE ARE? 

    The 15 CoderDojos active in Timisoara Metropolitan Area to be involved in organizing and running of the event are:  

    Dumbrăvița Timișoara @CD Loga                                  

    Timisoara @Gim30

    Giroc Timișoara @CNB

    Timisoara @Moisil

    Moșnița-Nouă Timișoara @Océ Software

    Timisoara @NTT Data Romania

    Timișoara @Bartók Timișoara @UVT

    Timisoara @Startup Hub

    Timișoara @Casa Olarului             Timisoara @FEAA


    CoderDojo is a global programming education movement, initiated in 2011 in Ireland, promoting informal, open, inclusive, free-of-charge approaches, based on the voluntary involvement as mentors of current and future IT&C specialists, students, employees and tech entrepreneurs. In Romania, CoderDojo has been running since 2012, reaching now about 30 implementations that facilitate the access of more than 700 children to the creative magic of programming, with the involvement of more than 100 mentors, through weekly, biweekly or monthly sessions. In the Timisoara Metropolitan Area, the 15 CoderDojo implementations are supported by the Banat IT Association, which provides the legal and financial platform for the dojos network activities.


    The contribution you are so kindly offering will be used for covering costs related to:

    • Meals, snacks and beverages costs

    • Acquisition and printing of MegaDojo Timisoara 2017 T-Shirts for ninjas and mentors
    • acquisition of prizes to be offered to winners of various competitions to be organized within the event
    • printing of participation certificates, event signage and other visual identity elements
    • fees and commissions related to running the crowdfunding campaignfees and commissions related to running the crowdfunding campaign

    No person involved in organizing and unfolding of the MegaDojo Timisoara 2017 event is paid, all members of the event team participate as volunteers.

    Of course, you may also join as a volunteer, mentor or organizer, starting from 

    Any eventual proceeds remaining after the event will be used for financing further events within the  Timișoara Metropolitan Area CoderDojo Network.