Behind the Meet and Code initiative:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.