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Lisa Brown | Programmed to help the next generation

“Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program.”

- Linus Torvalds, author and developer of the world-renowned Linux operating system.

While Lisa loves her current role as a Software Engineer at Bosch, her first love will always be programming – so much so that in her free time Lisa is a leader, mentor and coach at CoderDojo, the global network of free, volunteer-led programming clubs for 7-17 year olds.

Keen to encourage her daughter’s interest and enthusiasm for coding, Lisa took her to the newly opened CoderDojo club in Manchester, in December 2012. With Lisa’s background, skills and willingness to volunteer, she became a mentor and helper straight away.

Cheadle Coderdojo group

Cheadle Coderdojo group

“I knew instantly that I wanted to get involved. At the time, the school curriculum didn’t have any computer coding so it was great to see the youngsters so excited to learn.”

– Lisa Brown

Whilst still a co-champion of Manchester CoderDojo, in May 2014 Lisa started her own CoderDojo club in Cheadle, just outside Manchester. She did this with a view to creating a smaller community-like group that would encourage some of the shyer children to come along – and happily that has been the case.

“It’s so rewarding! Often the younger children want to create their own games, and I love the idea that they might one day become creators rather than consumers.”

Watch what the Cheadle Coderdojo group get up to