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His Royal Highness The Duke of York supports next generation of computer coders

7 March 2014

Dukeresize.jpgHRH The Duke of York, KG joined London schoolchildren learning the basics of computer coding at a CoderDojo session hosted by Hays.

Over 60 school children from across London learnt the basics of computer programming and created their own apps, games and websites, with guidance from expert mentors from CoderDojo.
CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation with its origins in a school computer club in Cork, and Dojos now take place from Dublin to Tokyo. At Dojos young people between 5 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games in sessions run by volunteers

Bill Liao, the co-founder of CoderDojo said: “It gives us a sense of immense pride to welcome The Duke of York to take part in today's CoderDojo. From Scratch ninjas, to HTML5 superstars, we provide and open free learning spaces for kids aged 5-17 who thrive on recognition and collaboration when they are learning, and we could not be more appreciative of His Royal Highness's support. We look forward to working with The Duke of York closely in the future to stimulate entrepreneurialism as a well as coding for young people across the UK.”

The event on 6 March was held as part of the UK Hour of Code, an initiative aiming to demystify code and encourage school children to take part in one hour of computer coding. The Duke of York is a strong supporter of initiatives to promote the teaching of coding and in February was the first Member of the Royal Family to write a line of code.
The CoderDojo was hosted at the London office of Hays, as part of a partnership with CoderDojo that has seen similar events run in Ireland and Cheshire.

Lee Chant, Managing Director of Hays Information Technology commented: “We’re delighted that His Royal Highness was able to join us and see a CoderDojo in action. Given that the IT industry is faced with such chronic skill shortages, initiatives like this are essential and it is positive that The Duke continues to support our science and technology industries by recognising the importance of coding skills. These sessions encourage young people to try their hands at coding are essential to securing the future generations of coders that are vital to the UK economy.” 


About CoderDojo

CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people between 5 - 17 years old. Founded in June 2011 by (then) 18 year old James Whelton and Bill Liao in Cork, Ireland the movement has scaled rapidly.  At a Dojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. Dojos are set up, run and taught by volunteers. Dojos make development and learning to code a fun, sociable and kick ass experience.

As of March 2013 there were over 345 Dojos either actively running or in planning in 38 countries reaching over 12,000 children monthly. CoderDojo is supported by the Hello World Foundation, a charitable organisation set up by James Whelton to scale and support the movement on a global level.
To join your local CoderDojo, you can find your nearest one from this list. If there is not a CoderDojo near you, would you be interested in helping to set one up? For more information check out and

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