Coder Dojo Coolest Projects Awards is without doubt the most inspiring tech event in the calendar. When you see the vision and creativity of the young Coder Dojo ‘ninjas’, you can’t help but feel that the future of our country is in safe hands.

For the uninitiated, Coder Dojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs dedicated to giving young people the opportunity to learn how to create and build with technology. Co-founded by James Whelton along with venture capitalist and co-founder Bill Liao, Coder Dojo has become one of the great Irish tech success stories. It’s become a global movement, ballooning to 1,200 Dojos in 66 countries - to date over 100,000 young people have attended Coder Dojos, all run on a volunteer basis.

It’s ‘mecca’ is the Coolest Projects Awards. Returning to the RDS on the 17th June, the Coder Dojo Coolest Projects Awards celebrates and rewards the creativity and ingenuity of children aged between 6 and 17 who take part in Coder Dojos around the world. Warning, be prepared to be amazed, impressed and just ever so slightly inadequate as you are faced with the sheer volume and spectacle of the ingenuity and creativity of these young coders.

Close to 700 digital projects will be on show including apps, websites, games and hardware projects, created by over 1,000 coding kids from Ireland and as far away as Japan, Australia, Romania, Turkey, the US, UK and Spain.

Alongside the projects, there will be science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics interactive exhibits, workshops, shows and speakers. For the gamers, the Games Arena will be a fun and interactive space, inspiring kids to not just be players but to be video game creators as well. The Smart City Hall will show visitors how technology will continue to shape our future.

Coder Dojo Coolest Projects Awards is a great day out for the whole family - and what’s more, tickets are free of charge if booked in advance. Book your tickets here

Coder Dojo Coolest Projects Awards is proudly supported by RTÉ.