A Collaboration for Community Impact
We are pleased to announce that Clockwork and Code Savvy are finalists for this year’s 2014 Tekne Award in the “Collaboration for Community Impact” category for their work creating CoderDojo Twin Cities. This category “recognizes a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication, and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota while meeting an unmet community need.”
Making CoderDojo Twin Cities Possible
CoderDojo Twin Cities is a free, fun environment where kids learn to code. Founded in 2013 by Matt Gray and Rebecca Schatz, it was the first chapter of the global CoderDojo movement in Minnesota. Simply put, CoderDojoTC events are free opportunities for youth aged 8–18 to learn programming skills with mentors. Demand for the twice monthly free events has been overwhelming; so much so that CoderDojoTC outgrew Clockwork’s office space and events are now held at the University of Minnesota.
With Clockwork’s support—donated hardware, financing for background checks, and volunteer time—CoderDojoTC has helped inspire over 2,000 young coders, holding 32 events in the last 18 months. CoderDojoTC has served as a model regionally: there are now chapters in Minnetonka, Rochester, St. Cloud, and a girls-only CoderDojo in St. Paul.
The feedback we’ve received from mentors, parents, teachers, and of course the students has been fantastic. But don’t take our word for it: listen to the kids.
At Clockwork, we recognize that a company cannot exist without the community around it. We are proud to work with our partner Code Savvy to help inspire a future generation of savvy coders.