Team DojoCon

DojoCon 2016 is being brought to you with the assistance of the following team members:

Sandra Maguire
@SandraMaguire
Sandra was inspired to set up CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire after hearing James Whelton talk about it in 2012. The 400+ kids who have attended since have helped her learn Scratch and a lot of other cool stuff. CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire is hosting DojoCon 2016 with Sandra leading the organising team. With qualifications in New Business Development and Cyberpsychology, she works as a Business Development Consultant, and has a particular interest in startups, online payments & education. Sandra was listed as one of Ireland’s Talented 38 Technology Women of 2014.

Dhruba ‘Drew’ Banerjee
Drew runs Strike Films, which has produced: Children of the Revolution, a documentary in which Joe Duffy uncovered documented and wrote the stories of the 40 children killed during the Rising, which was broadcast in the heart of RTÉ1 Centenary celebrations schedule; and Road To Rio, a six part series on RTÉ2, which followed 11 Irish athletes as they tried to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Originally from London, both Drew’s children attend CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire.

Gerard Cregan
Graduated from Cork IT with BSc. Computer Applications.
Worked for over 20 years in various IT roles, including Technical support, software development and operations management in Retail, Manufacturing and Software Development. Currently working for IBM providing technical support for software developers in the Configuration Management and Requirements Management areas.
Has been involved with the CoderDojo in Dún Laoghaire since 2014 as a mentor. Has 4 kids between the ages of 10 and 20. This included a surprising amount of IT technical support. Outside of IT and Family Gerard is involved in Rugby. Currently a referee in the Leinster Branch.

Jenny Kane
Jenny Kane is an experienced Risk and Operations Manager who has held a number of senior management positions in the Banking Industry. Two of her children have previously attended CoderDojo and as a result she joined the CoderDojoDL volunteer team to help set up our Sunday Dojo sessions. She leads the Admin side of the CoderDojo Sunday sessions, managing a team of volunteer parents. Jenny has led and supported a number of local fundraising initiatives over the past few years for various charities including UNICEF, St Vincent de Paul, St John of God services and War Child Ireland.

Lucy Maher
Lucy is a Chartered Accountant with a technical background in the software industry. As a project manager, Lucy worked for Irish software companies in the US and Europe and now works in finance in both domestic SME and multinational environments. Currently assisting Coder Dojo Dun Laoghaire as project accountant for Dojocon 2016, Lucy was previously national treasurer of Cuidiù – The Irish Childbirth Trust.

Toby Mole
Toby graduated from IT Sligo with a research masters in electronics and currently works as an embedded systems engineer in the power electronics industry. Toby has been a mentor at CoderDojo Dún Laoghaire for several years, mentoring on a wide range of languages and volunteering at Coolest Projects. He has also been a programming instructor at the Centre for Talented Youth and a lecturer at IT Sligo.

Gillian Nash
Spanish language licensee of La Jolie Ronde, teaching Spanish to kids aged 4-12 year olds. Previous to this, Gillian was an IT/Telecoms Corporate Account Manager for DoubleClick (now Google) and later Eircom. Gillian developed the company’s intraweb and holds a Masters in Spanish and Sociology from Trinity College, Dublin.

Máire O’Brien
Máire runs her after-school programme “Let’s Leap’ in computers, maths and English using online programs for children aged 5 – 15 years (http://letsleap.ie). She also provides 1-1 tutoring and technical support in homes and offices. She has run FETAC and ECDL computer courses. She is registered with the Teaching Council.

Harold Perez
Harold is a Senior Product Manager, responsible for the vision, strategy and roadmap of a number of software products targeted to the Financial Services industry. With over 15 years’ experience in delivering software solutions for the financial services industry, Harold brings intricate knowledge of risk management and financial services regulation and its impacts on the governance and management of banking processes within world-leading financial institutions. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Telecommunications and Masters in Business Studies. Harold is one the founder mentors at CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire and founder of CoderDojo Stepaside.

Francis Reed
@francisreed
Francis is an ICT Professional with 25 years broad industry experience. He has been part of the CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire group since its inception in 2013, working as one of the principal coordinators, a technical mentor and a member of the CoderDojo Community Committee. An experienced project manager his focus is on encouraging team work and collaboration. Francis is a technology enthusiast with three children of his own and has set up a second CoderDojo in Dun Laoghaire to broaden the reach of the group within the local community.

Rachel Schoene
Social Media & Content Marketing expert Rachel got involved with CoderDojo as parent of Lexi, winner of the RTE Design Award in the 2016 Coolest Projects. She has been assisting CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire for some time, and is now working with the CoderDojo Foundation on the Administration side.