Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Fujitsu Ireland and CoderDojo partner to mentor future digital ninjs'a

Fujitsu Ireland is partnering with CoderDojo and Bank of Ireland to introduce the children of North Dublin to the world of coding and technology and provide a glimpse of what it is like to work in the digital space.

Fujitsu Ireland employees recently worked with 19 children from fourth class Holy Family National School, Swords to develop their understanding of digital technology and encourage the coders of tomorrow to pursue future opportunities in I.T.

Hosted by Bank of Ireland Swords and working with Dojo participants, Fujitsu employees contribute their time and expertise to foster a fun and relaxed environment where children can work together and share ideas. Volunteers give the children tasks, and encourage them to work together and learn from each other in the design and creation of enjoyable games.

Tony O’Malley, CEO of Fujitsu Ireland, said of the joint initiative: “Fujitsu has been present in Ireland for nearly 40 years and we are always looking for new ways to engage with the local community and find those who will shape the future of tech.

CoderDojo is a fun initiative which challenges the children and Fujitsu staff to learn from each other in a sociable and creative environment that is essential to bring new ideas to life. Digital transformation and using technology to create positive societal changes is core to Fujitsu’s outlook and we are delighted to have the opportunity to facilitate the development of ICT skills that will help shape Ireland both locally and nationally, in the coming years. “

Speaking about the partnership, Kenny Morgan, Branch Manager, Bank of Ireland, Swords said; “As Ireland’s leading bank for students of all ages we are delighted to support the CoderDojo movement across Ireland and we are particularly excited to see the level of interest and uptake of the programme in our own community here in Swords. Having Fujitsu on board as a partner in north Dublin is an excellent fit given the knowledge and expertise of their staff members. Together, we are helping to facilitate children and young people to learn about technology and how to code, sowing the seeds of digital innovation for the future.”

Bank of Ireland is partnered with the CoderDojo Foundation, and host Dojos in more than 50 local communities using Bank of Ireland branches nationwide. With this partnership, Bank of Ireland and CoderDojo facilitate children and young people to experience the world of coding and technology in relaxed, fun, local community environments.

"CoderDojo is about children and community. We are delighted to see Bank of Ireland and Fujitsu Ireland coming together to foster a community spirit and support the kids in Swords. This is a brilliant opportunity for these children to develop and enhance their own technology skills but also gain valuable life skills and experience learning, team building and cooperation in their own town. A big thank you to Bank of Ireland and Fujitsu for driving this initiative.” Alan Murphy, CoderDojo