New this year, Meet and Code will be awarding top exemplary events and highlighting their activities to a wider audience. The awards will be given out for three categories:
Meet and Code events that either seek to solve a football related problem with IT or use football as a topic to bring coding to kids. We are looking for events that connect these two topics in a creative and purposeful way in order to reach the target group and bring them closer to the world of coding and IT.
Meet and Code events that either develop and promote creative teaching methods and/or explore current IT/digital topics. We are looking for events that are innovative in their ways of reaching the target group and connecting it with IT related topics, as well as events that pick up trendsetting, future-shaping and disruptive technologies like IoT, Blockchain, AI, 3D printing, etc.
Meet and Code events that use IT or other digital topics to address and reduce inequalities present in their community or general society. We are looking for events that increase equal opportunities, promote tolerance and dismantle inequalities based on gender, race, religion, disabilities, social and economic status etc.
In each category, five events will be honoured and two representatives of each organisation will be invited to a two-day closing event at the SAP headquarters in Walldorf. In addition, the first place winner of each category will receive a prize of 2.500 euros.
Any charitable organisation that carries out a funded event through Meet and Code is eligible to participate in the Meet and Code Awards. You must decide for yourself to which category you want your event to be considered for the Meet and Code Award. To do so, please select the appropriate award category when creating an event. Events that do not fit the award categories are still eligible for general event funding.
In the first round, the events compete against each other at the national level. In each country, two events per category will qualify for the next round. The qualification takes place in two ways: one event is selected via public voting and another event is selected by the managing country partner.
The voting will take place on the Meet and Code websites. Organisations will collect votes by having people vote for their event. For a vote to be counted, an email address will need to be entered and confirmed. Each email address can only vote once. Only the event with the highest number of votes will qualify for the second round.
Organisations may use online and offline communication channels to draw attention to their events and encourage people to vote for them.
The managing country partner of the TechSoup Europe network will select one event per category to qualify for the second round.
All qualified events will be prepared and presented to a jury for evaluation. The jury will select five winners per category according to a defined selection procedure.
The evaluation of the events and the selection of the winners will be carried out by a five member panel of experts: