Meet and Code Award 2020

In 2020, we will be recognising the most successful event ideas with an award once again. The goal is to inspire others to do the same in following years, because digital education is so important. We're looking for the best ideas in four categories as well as a crowd favorite.

Award Categories

The four categories of the Meet and Code Award 2020 are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meet and Code is looking for events that contribute to those goals and combine them with the idea of IT and Coding.

Girls do IT!

The topic of equal opportunity and gender equality plays an important role in today’s society. This award category aims to help close the gender gap in IT and Coding. ​We are looking for creative events that break down gender stereotypes and empower girls in coding. Examples for events in this category could be “Robotics for girls” or “Code like a girl with Snap!”.


Only a diverse and inclusive world can secure our future. In the category Diversity we are looking for the best event ideas to inspire children and young people. Not only for IT and coding, but also for a world with equal opportunities and appreciation. By this, we mean a diversity of cultural, religious and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental and physical abilities and different living and working conditions. They could for example address juvenile prisoners or focus on the usage of IT for people with vision and hearing disorder.

Code for the Planet

Did you know that you can track bees by means of modern technology? We are looking for hackathons, coding nights or other events that combine coding and actions for the planet. All coding events that improve climate change education through raising awareness on this topic are of valuable contribution to SDG 13. Events in this category might for example deal with air pollution measurement or tools for energy efficiency.


A local community is a safety net for its people. Events of this category take the local aspects and customs into consideration and think about community specific needs. The events should bring people of same goals, interest and neighborhoods together through the passion to “meet and code”! Events in this category could for example work on a platform for your neighborhood.

The Finalists

In 2019, Meet and Code looked for best-practice events that illustrated how tech can improve lives.

There were more than 700 events submitted for the Meet and Code Award 2019. The Jury selected 12 exceptional events as finalists. The winner will be announced in early 2020 and will receive 2,000 euros in prize money.

The finalists of the Meet and Code Award 2019 were:

Code for the Planet
Organisation Event Country
FUNDACJA ARCHITECTSPL Projektowanie i drukowanie w 3D rafy koralowej. Poland
Foerderverein Gymnasium Am Roemerkastell e.V. Mikrocontroller – Kleine Computer mit großer Bedeutung für Mensch und Umwelt Germany
Qendra per Edukim dhe Mesim Inovativ - STEMLab AMyZONE Macedonia

Organisation Event Country
COOPERATIVA SOCIALE META ONLUS San Rocco 3.0-La tua guida alla scoperta del quartiere Italy
Asociatia Give It Back Give IT Back to Community Romania

Organisation Event Country
ZOMOG 'Nashe shaslyve zhyttia' Школа нечуючих кодерів Ukraine
Adj Esélyt Alapítvány Robotika offline és online Hungary

Girls do IT!
Organisation Event Country
Ghromadsjka orghanizacija I Will Workshop STEM girls with families Ukraine
Foerderverein der Grundschule am Koppenplatz Robotermärchen Germany
Techies Lab Mother and Daughter Coding Workshop with Techies Lab Belgium

The Jury

Ciarán Cannon

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland

Ciarán Cannon is Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development. He is formerly the Minister for Training & Skills at the Department of Education & Skills. He was first elected to Dáil Eireann in February 2011.

Ciarán is also a strong advocate for the use of technology in education and is a co-founder of Excited - The Digital Learning Movement. He worked closely with teachers and industry leaders in Ireland to make the case for the introduction of computer science as a subject in Irish schools. In 2019 he was appointed one of seven global UNICEF Generation U Champions.

Ciarán was born in Kiltullagh, Athenry and he lives there with his wife Niamh and son Evan. He is an award winning musician and songwriter and some of his work has been performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra. He is also an avid cyclist and advocate for the development of sustainable cities.

Carola Carazzone

Secretary General of Assifero

Carola Carazzone serves as Secretary General of Assifero, the Italian national membership association of grant-making foundations (family, corporate and community foundations) since February 2014. Since January 2019 she is the first Italian woman in serving as board member of DAFNE - Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe, since December 2017 in the Advisory board of Ariadne- the European network of funders for human rights and social change, since May 2016 as member of the experts’ reflection group of ECFI- European Community Foundations Initiative and as member of the Alliance Magazine Editorial Board.

Mark Jenkins

Winner of the Meet and Code Award 2018, Category Innovation, UK

Mark Jenkins leads a 3D printing class focused on building a 3D printer for the 10-24 age group. This class won Meet and Code 2018 in the innovation category. Since then, it has expanded to cover general technology topics and presenting skills. He is a recent graduate of Edinburgh University, finishing with a first class masters in computer science with honours. For his thesis, he performed a two year research project on improving the performance of parallel programs.

Alexandra van der Ploeg

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP SE

Alexandra van der Ploeg is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP globally. Alexandra is responsible for setting the strategic direction of CSR focused on bringing to life SAP’s higher purpose of “helping the world run better and improving people’s lives” through strategic partnerships and programs that deliver sustainable social impact and long-term business value. In this function, she also oversees corporate giving, volunteerism and the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships for which Alexandra has a particular passion.

Alexandra joined SAP in 1999. She started with SAP Switzerland in charge of management development and over the course of the next ten years held various managerial positions in Human Resources. Moving into the CSR organization in 2010, Alexandra developed and managed various global CSR programs, such as building an infrastructure for social business in Haiti and the development of a range of pro-bono volunteering program, e.g. the SAP Social Sabbatical Portfolio. Alexandra also serves on the advisory council of IMPACT 2030 and is part of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School in Great Britain.

Anna Sienicka

Vice President of TechSoup Europe, Warsaw

Anna is responsible for the strategic direction of the TechSoup Europe which is part of the TechSoup Global Network that consists of 61 of capacity-building organizations, and serves 1,100,000 registered NGOs, within over 8 billion euros delivered in technology tools and philanthropic services. Her background includes employability, social enterprises, social and digital inclusion, civic technology, as well as the development of friendly policies and a legal environment for civil society. Anna holds master's degrees in both Law and Economy and Society from Warsaw and Lancaster Universities respectively. She was a member of the Minister of Labour’s Public Benefit Work Council and the Polish Prime Minister’s Social Economy Task Force in Poland (under D. Tusk’s administration).

Hartmut Thomsen

President Middle & Eastern Europe, SAP SE

Hartmut Thomsen is President of Middle and Eastern Europe (MEE). He is responsible for all sales, operations and development of the business in this region, containing the Market Units Germany, Switzerland, CEE (including Austria) and CIS. He reports to Adaire Fox-Martin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Global Customer Operations.

Thomsen is a well-established executive in the market having most recently worked as SAP’s MEE Chief Operating Officer & Head of Cloud and prior to that as Managing Director of SAP Germany from 2012 to 2016. Thomsen joined SAP in 2011 heading up Financial Services and Public Services for SAP Germany. Prior to joining SAP, Hartmut Thomsen held numerous leadership positions at various companies including IBM and Oracle.

Hartmut Thomsen, born in Elmshorn, Germany in 1971, holds a diploma in Economics and Business Administration from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. He is married and has three children.

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