About

About Meet and Code

Behind the Meet and Code initiative:

  • SAP: The initiative is financed by SAP, who also provides support and other resources for non-profits.
  • Haus des Stiftens gGmbH (HDS): The initiative was developed by HDS and they are responsible for the selection of events to be funded in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the coordination of funding by the responsible managing country partners of the TechSoup Europe network. HDS operates the Stifter-helfen IT portal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Stifter-helfen IT portal provides non-profit organisations in the three countries with product donations and special conditions from well-known IT companies as well as know-how about modern technologies. In Germany, the IT portal was launched in 2008, in Austria in 2012 and in Switzerland in 2013.
  • TechSoup Europe country partners: This group of partners is responsible for the event promotion, coordination, and distribution of the SAP funding for all other countries. Most of these partners are a member of the TechSoup global network and provide a link between the world of new technologies and social change. The TechSoup Europe network consists of 24 partner organisations reaching over 400,000 non-profits across 48 countries.

Goal

The goal of Meet and Code is to introduce children and young people between the ages of 8 and 24 to the world of technology and coding. The events are designed to show young people how much fun coding can be and how it can help bring ideas to life. They should learn how technology works and how IT affects our daily lives. By exploring a broad range of technology and digital topics and creative coding, they will be encouraged to develop the digital skills they need in today's world.

The Idea

The EU Code Week will take place October 6-21, 2018 and is based on an idea of the Young Advisors, an advisory group of former EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, and is supported by the European Commission. The Meet and Code initiative promotes science and technology related events of all kinds in the context of and during the EU Code Week - with 500 € seed money per event.

Target Group

The target group for the events are children and young people between 8 and 24 years, who are to be introduced to the world of technology and coding.

Event Organisers

Different social groups, such as schools, IT professionals, companies or computer clubs may plan and implement events for the target group. However, the promoter and organiser of an event must be a charitable organisation, such as a school development association, to receive the funding.

Applications

Event ideas can only be submitted online on www.meet-and-code.org between 04.06.2018 and 15.09.2018. Organisations are welcome to submit several different event ideas. Every assessed event idea that qualifies as eligible receives a seed money of 500 € to support their activities.

More information about the conditions of participation can be found here ...

Event Formats

Possible events include hackathons, coding workshops, lectures, film events, competitions, coding nights, robotics classes or other formats. Your imagination is the limit. Ideas for events, presentations and useful tools can also be found at http://codeweek.eu/resources/.

Countries

The Meet and Code initiative supports digital and coding events in the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.