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BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For children, In education, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, Без категория
BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

03.04.2023 |

 In a series of virtual workshops, the little ladies learn about technology and programming, and turn their ideas into exciting projects. We introduce them to grown-up girls who are already successful professionals in the so-called “male territory” of technology. 

A Dojo is a free, volunteer-led, community-based computer club for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo and learn to code, build a website, or create an app or game. Dojos are a space for kids and teens to explore technology in an informal, creative, safe and social environment. The CoderDojo movement is formed of a global network of Dojos and the community of volunteers and children that make them happen.

CoderDojo Bulgaria started in 2015 and it’s the regional body of the CoderDojo movement in the country. It’s a privately sponsored initiative providing free tech education for kids aged 7-17.

DojoGirls is an initiative that is held annually. The event’s main objectives are to excite girls’ curiosity about technology, provoke girls’ interest in STEM, change gender stereotypes and present female role models.

The mentors are IT specialists and tech amateurs who generously volunteer their time and knowledge.

 

Details

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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Programming

Organisation

CoderDojo Bulgaria in partnership with SAP, Telerik Academy and Digital National Aliance.

Country 

Bulgaria

 

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: KIDS INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For children, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives
BULGARIA: KIDS INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

03.04.2023 |

Kids Incredible Technology and Engineering Projects is 72-hour free tech event for kids aged 7 to 17. The event includes a project exhibition, competition and tech workshops.

KITE Projects – is the most exciting adventure of the year! The technology event for the youngest innovators, creators and entrepreneurs!

Kids from Dojo clubs all over Bulgaria have 3 months prior the initiative to develop their projects.

During the event hundreds of inspirational projects are being presented in front of judges and kids have opportunity to enter the world of innovations and ultimately entrepreneurship. Each of the projects is rewarded for the effort and enthusiasm spent on it.

The main objectives of the KITE Projects are to deliver the necessary skills to create a generation of digital creators, innovators and entrepreneurs; empower the youth to launch their projects; provide additional workshops and incubators and introduce the kids to entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders.

The event is held annually in a hybrid format.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Organisation

CodorDojo Bulgaria and Digital National Alliance

Country 

Bulgaria

Type of the initiative

National initiative

 

TEENS IN AI – BULGARIA:

By In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For children, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, International good practice initiative
TEENS IN AI - BULGARIA

31.03.2023 |

The Teens In AI initiative, launched at the AI for Good Global Summit at the UN in May 2018, exists to inspire the next generation of ethical AI researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.

 

Main activities, outreach, and mission

 

Through a combination of hackathons, accelerators, and bootcamps together with expert mentoring, talks, company tours, and networking opportunities, the programme creates a platform for young people aged 12-18 to explore AI, machine learning, and data science.

Since its start in 2015, Teens in AI has reached over 9.000 young people in over 140 cities worldwide.

Organized twice a year, global AI hackathons for teenagers are one of the main activities of the initiative. During those campaigns, locations from across the globe participate in local events where teams develop and pitch technological solutions tackling a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to determine the winner.

Being on the mission to attract more people to new technologies, achieve more efficient use of digital potential, and support the development of the ICT sector in Bulgaria by encouraging young people to pursue computing and technology, the Digital National Alliance in Bulgaria is the lead organizer of the event for Bulgaria two times in a row – in October 2021 and in March 2022.

During the Bulgarian editions, within 5 days students aged 12-18 developed innovative solutions using AI  to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

See three of the projects developed:

Christina de Bruin, who is a UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Bulgaria, shared this in her speech for the opening of the first Teens In AI hackathon in Bulgaria:

The initiative aims to democratise AI and create opportunities for underrepresented talent and give young people and especially girls early exposure to AI which is being developed and deployed for social good.

“We cannot allow half of the world’s talent – girls to be excluded from the spheres of artificial intelligence and technological solutions which are extremely important nowadays. Greetings to the organisers of the initiative!”

Why is this a good practice?

 

During strict pandemic restrictions due to COVID-19, DNA managed to successfully conduct two consecutive Teens in AI hackathons in an online format. This allowed the engaging a wider range of children from all over Bulgaria, including representatives of minority groups.

As a result of the events, over 100 children from different backgrounds, with zero technical skills and with extensive experience in programming as well, developed nearly 20 innovative AI-based projects, the best of which were evaluated by the international jury of Tees in AI.

“I took part in the hackathon because I think it is important to keep abreast of global problems and look for solutions to them. Artificial intelligence has great potential and I believe that it can help us create a better world for everyone”.

– Elena,16 years old, who took part in both of the Bulgarian hackathons.

Another participant in the latest Bulgarian edition of Teens in AI echoed this positive feedback, stating that the initiative is:

“A hackathon, where you don’t need to miss school and yet you’re developing a project, where you not only code, but develop an entrepreneurial plan with target groups, income sources, partners and so on.”

The Teens in AI initiative spreads more and more all over the world, being launched in around 25 countries.

If you would like to connect with and inspire the next generation of tech and AI thinkers, co-host a hackathon, or support the initiative, read more here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Expert

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance