CCS Dean and JEDI4KiDS Founding Partner Gerald T. Concha presented successes of JEDI4KiDS in the 2014 JavaOne Conference, a yearly congregation of java programmers held in San Francisco, California. JEDI4KiDS Founding Partner Dr. Concha presented to an audience of over a hundred the mission, challenges, and best practices of JEDI4KiDS.
JEDI4KiDS is a computer programming workshop for children aged 8 – 14 years. The aim of the program is to spark interest in computer programming and information technology among children. JEDI4KiDS is composed of over a hundred volunteers and has reached out to more than 1,300 children in more than two dozen workshops, initially in Dipolog City and eventually to other cities such as Pagadian and Zamboanga. A new JEDI4KiDS Chapter in Bangkok Thailand is to open this year.
JEDI, the predecessor of JEDI4KiDS, also won Duke’s Choice Award in the said conference. The award is given yearly to Java developers whose projects give outstanding contribution to various technological and social fields. In this year’s JavaOne twelve projects were chosen, giving solutions to various problems including assistance refugees and making travel safer.
CCS Dean Dr. Gerald Concha and JP Petines of the Java Education Development Initiative (JEDI) which won the Javone 2014 Duke’s Choice Award.
Gerry and JP listen as the talks is being opened.
JavaOne put in placestrict measures to ensure a smooth and organized program including prior review and screening of materials to be presented.
JP Petines explains how JEDI started. JEDI courseware was the inspiration for JEDI4KiDS.