Derry workshop hosted by CoderDojo Derry!

the Derry workshop was hosted by the awesome folks at CoderDojo Derry and had 30 students and 20 adults in attendance as well as 6 mentors and 5 presenters/helpers. This was the perfect ration of Mentors and helpers to students! It is hard to choose a memorable high point as ALL the presenters were marvellous! Roisin and the team from STEMAware delivered a great workshop and told the students about the importance of engineers, the wide breadth of the engineering industry and why STEM subjects are tied together. They showed the students how to build some doodlebots too which was lots of fun!
Catherine from Riverwatch was great also, she brought a baby shark which the students loved as well as lots of other marine creatures! Catherine talked about ocean sustainability and really inspired the students giving them a starting point for their games!
Michael Arbuthnot, a local designer/illustrator from Uproar Comics gave a talk on his experience of games development in regards to his awesome final project he worked on last year at University of Ulster. He showed the students that they did not need to be expert programmers to build a great game so long as they have a willingness to learn. He also emphasised the need to work as a team in order to play to everyone’s strengths and develop the best end-product possible. The students, particularly the older ones, were all keen to ask questions his project and the best IDEs to use so he stuck around for a while to point them in the right direction.
Thank you for everyone involved in organising this awesome event and well done to all the young coders that attended! We look forward to the next workshop!
If you have not registered for the competition you can do so here:

Last of the This is Not a Game workshops announced!


Following the success of the first this is Not a Game workshop in Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Derry we are happy to announce that there will be two more in the series of ‘This is Not a Game’ workshops! These workshops will be taking place in Galway and Cork on the 15th of November.

The workshops will include talks and hands-on training by industry leaders and experts aimed at equipping aspiring game makers with the skill and knowledge to start creating their own video games for the competition! All Irish students (10 – 18) interested in learning about video game development are welcome to attend! And  the best thing is that all the workshop is free to attend.

Details of the Workshops are listed below:

City: Date: Location: Register here:
Cork November 15th Insight centre at UCC Register for Cork
Galway November 15th NUI Galway, Bailey Allen Hall Register for Galway

We look forward to seeing you there!

Follow This is Not a Game on Twitter @thisisnot_agame for updates on the upcoming workshops. If you have any questions you can contact us directly via:

Please Note: We would ask that all attendees 13 years and under are accompanied and supervised by an adult at the events. All  students should bring their own laptops to work with at the sessions. Please do not book a single adult ticket and attend alone. Adults will not be allowed into the events unless they are supervising a student attending the events.

Resources to get you started on making your own game:

FREE Scratch Download

FREE Project Anarchy Download

FREE GameMaker Download


This is Not a Game Derry Workshop

This is Not a Game

A special event will take place on Saturday, October 4th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm hosted by CoderDojo Derry at the University of Ulster.

This session is open to all kids aged 10-18 whether they attend Derry CoderDojo or not. On the day, we will have workshops on games development, discussion on the competition theme and presentations from the gaming industry. The event is free to attend, but both young people attending and their guardians must register in advance. We will be using the university’s computers so there will be no need to bring your laptop.

Register here

Event Details:

Location: Lab MF124/5, MF Building, Rock Rd, Londonderry

Date: 18th of October

Time of session: 10.45am – 3:00pm

Price: Free to attend


  • 10:45 am  Registration
  • 11:00 am  Introduction to the program hosted by STEMAware
  • 11:45 am Riverwatch presentation on Ocean Sustainability
  • 12:30 pm  Break for Lunch – Bring a packed lunch
  • 1:00 pm  Presentation on the games industry
  • 1:45 pm Games development workshop hosted by CoderDojo Derry
  • 3:00 pm  Event ends
 Important information about the event:
  • We will be using the university’s computers so there will be no need to bring your laptop.
  • Students should bring a packed lunch. Students under 13 years of age will have to be supervised by a parent at the event.

Interested students should register the projects they develop at by the end of Novamber, finalists will get to showcase their games at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, receive mentorship from industry professionals, and get a chance to have their games played by thousands of gamers.

Workshops will be taking place across the country during September and October so follow This is not a Game on Twitter @thisisnot_agame for updates on the next workshop.

Please Note: We would ask that all attendees 13 and under are accompanied by an adult at the event. Please do not book a single adult ticket and attend alone. Adults will not be allowed into the event unless they are supervising a student attending the event.