Maybe am just daft, but can someone explain to me the process for starting a new DOJO. I get the team and the venue, but how is it funded and maintained ?
Dojos are as you already know completely volunteer led so cost is not usually a factor other than time. Most dojos are operated in a public space that is free like a school or library so a monetary cost is rare. Is there a particular area you are thinking might require funding?
@Ross-ONeill Hi Ross Thank you for the response. I forsee funding needed for Internet, alot of public spaces here in South Africa either don’t have WI-FI or its very slow.
Steps are: Find a Champion, Register on Zen, Gather a Team, Find a Venue, Plan your first session and then Promote your Dojo. Gathering a good team is essential.
We don’t have wifi either, and starting off we didn’t need it. Notes are readily available on the coderdojo website. Later on for some projects we use the mentor’s’ own mobile hotspot when necessary.
We got local businesses to donate laptops and the local racecourse provides a premises. No money was needed. We have a donation box on entry so we can provide refreshments at break time, but we are now trying to get those supplies sponsored too. Hope that helps.
A good idea if wifi is the main issue is to work with tech hubs/schools/libraries in the area that have internet access. Here is a map of innovation space, many of which are in South Africa: http://anansegroup.com/mapping.html They may also be good for sourcing technical mentors to help at the Dojo. You can also get companies who provide wifi to sponsor an annual subscription for your Dojo.
We also have resources on an offline server designed by a Dojo in Germany (https://github.com/cdpoffline/offline-material), and printable sushi cards on Kata: http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Learning_Resource
@Nuala-McHale Thank you so much, are there DOJO sponsorship request forms ? or should i register as a NPO and then use those details ?
As there is no regional body of CoderDojo in South Africa, you would need to register the Dojo as an NPO to get financial contributions from companies for your Dojo. Organisations can also give in-kind donations such as for equipment (hardware and software), or by supporting a local event or even by providing prizes & snacks for participants! Another option is asking companies to provide pro bono services or products to your local Dojo.
I’ve updated the template from Kata below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ykmd8KnjG_Z2P9zSLJm5-bJxbxuGbfUJAOfhsQjoeSQ/edit?usp=sharing
Also for more funding suggestions check out: http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Fundraising_Suggestions
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