DojoCon 2018, the conference for the CoderDojo community worldwide is underway and the NewPark Hotel in Kilkenny is buzzing with activity, exhibitions, workshops and talks on the main stage. Blacknight is a sponsor, and we’ve set up our stand to talk to delegates about programming the web, using PHP and JavaScript.

But our expertise is available to all, even if you’re not here in Kilkenny. We’ve created a web page to demonstrate a selection of server-side and client-side web scripts: visit

Come to the Blacknight stand at DojoCon, or vist!

Come to the Blacknight stand at DojoCon, or vist!

Having started in Ireland, Coder Dojo is now a global phenomenon. 400 delegates from local dojos all over the world are in Kilkenny today for the main conference, which features five different streams of workshops going on throughout the day, under the headings: Design It; Make It; Code It; Create It; and Share It. There’s also a CosyDojo track which will feature short pop-up 10 minute talks and demos by attendants and speakers.

Tomorrow’s event will be a hackathon, attended by CoderDojo groups from across the South East of Ireland. About 400 kids are expected to take part.

Margaret Ahearne is one of the organisers. She joined us recently as a guest on The Blacknight Podcast.

“There’s so much highlighted today about the negativity of tech for kids – you know, just playing on their playstations all the time, or the negative impact of social media, so this is really an opportunity for them to embrace a more positive side”.

Blacknight is at DojoCon on both Saturday and Sunday. Come and say hello, or visit!

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