In 2019, we will present the Meet and Code Award for the second time to honor particularly successful event ideas. By highlighting these best-practice examples, we want to encourage others to come up with even more new ideas. Because digital education concerns us all. It is only when we all work together that things can change. We're looking for the best ideas in four categories and an audience favorite.
The four categories of the Meet and Code Award 2019 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.
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!”.
Life is diverse. 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 visual impairment.
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.
It is with great regret that we have to suspend this year’s Public Choice Award. After carefully checking all entries and votes, we discovered that several organizations had used bots to generate votes. This does not correspond to our understanding of fair competition and undermines our objective with this category –to invite everyone to show support for great coding initiatives in our communities.
We thank every organization and individual that participated in the Public Choice Award with honesty and integrity. However, we trust you understand that under these circumstances there is no way we can ensure fair competition.
The Meet and Code Award will still award the best events in any of our four other Meet and Code 2019 categories – Girls do IT!, Diversity, Code for the Planet, and Community. The winners in each category will be selected by a jury.
Your Meet and Code Team
In 2019, Meet and Code was looking for the second time for best practice events that illustrated how tech can improve lives. More than 700 events participated in the Meet and Code Award 2019. The Jury selected 12 exceptional events as finalists. Two representatives of each organization will be invited to the Award Weekend in early 2020, where the winner will be announced and will receive 2,000 euros in prize money.
The finalists of the Meet and Code Award 2019 are:
|Girls do IT!|
|Techies Lab ASBL||Mother and Daughter Coding Workshop with Techies Lab||Belgium|
|Foerderverein der Grundschule am Koppenplatz||Robot fairytales||Germany|
|I will||STEM girls with families||Ukraine|
|Adj Esélyt Alapítvány||Robotics offline and online||Hungary|
|Asociația Părinților Ioan Slavici Satu Mare||Traffic Lights||Romania|
|Regional Youth Organization of the deaf "Our happy life"||Deaf coders' school||Ukraine|
|Code for the Planet|
|Foerderverein Gymnasium Am Roemerkastell e.V.||Microcontrollers - Small computers with great significance for people and the environment||Germany|
|Fundacja ArchitectsPL||Designing and Printing the Coral Reef in 3D||Poland|
|Qendra për edukim dhe mësim inovativ - STEMLab||AMyZONE||Macedonia|
|Cooperativa Sociale Meta Onlus||San Rocco 3.0 - Your guide to discovering the neighborhood||Italy|
|ATL da Bolonha||Play Against Cyberbullying Workshop||Portugal|
|Asociația Give IT Back||Give IT Back to Community||Romania|
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 is the Secretary General of Assifero, the Italian national membership of grant-making associations. She is also a human rights lawyer and has worked extensively with Italian rights-based NGOs. In 2002, she established a Human Rights Coordination Office for Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo and in 2011 became the first woman elected as its President. She has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the worldwide network of the Salesian of Don Bosco development NGOs, and as spokesperson of a network of 88 Italian human rights NGOs leading international and national advocacy.
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 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 is responsible for the strategic direction of TechSoup in Europe. She leads the development of the TechSoup Europe Network. The network consists of 24 capacity-building organisations who are active in 44 countries serving over 400,000 registered NGOs providing over a billion euros of savings to the sector since inception. Her responsibilities include playing the central role in developing and scaling socially oriented technology solutions throughout the network and region.
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.