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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

Two coding-for-kids orgs already overlapped, now plan joint acceleration

By Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2017

The Raspberry Pi Foundation and the CoderDojo Foundation have merged in order to combine forces and accelerate both organisation's mission to teach kids how to code.

Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Philip Colligan wrote that the two organisations “see an opportunity to do even more by joining forces.” CoderDojo's executive director Giustina Mizzoni says the merger means her organisation's students and volunteer mentors will enjoy “access to the best possible support, including access to the world’s best educational materials and resources.”

And therein lies the nub: the Raspberry Pi foundation creates learn-to-code resources. So does CoderDojo, as part of the volunteer-run clubs learn-to-code clubs it offers kids aged seven to seventeen. Joining the dots to understand why a merger makes sense isn't rocket science.

The merger is a little more complicated than it sounds: Colligan explains that “in technical terms, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is becoming a corporate member of the CoderDojo Foundation (which is a bit like being a shareholder, but without any financial interest). I will also join the board of the CoderDojo Foundation as a director.”

Once that's done, the rPi crew will be able to “provide practical, financial, and back-office support to the CoderDojo Foundation” and then set sail for “ambitious goal: to quadruple the number of CoderDojos worldwide, to 5,000, by the end of 2020.” ®

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