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Our Vision

Imagine a world where all young European citizens are empowered with digital skills to shape their future.

Meet and Code is driven by this vision and believes that it can happen if we join forces, collaborate and work together.

We help non-profits organise grassroots coding events supporting communities of all sizes and making Europe more digital, starting at a local level. Thanks to our initiative, we strive for global change and work within the framework of EU Code Week and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Meet and Code is where young Europeans take their first steps as digital creators. They learn not only coding but also problem-solving and collaboration.

Why Digital Skills Are So Important?

According to “The Digital Skills Gap in Europe”, 9 out of 10 jobs will soon require digital skills. Every day, our ever-growing and changing digital world presents new challenges to business and societies. For this reason, it is important that tomorrow's workforce is prepared and ready to embrace the digital future.

 

 

Young people in Europe want to do more than “like” and “share”. They want to create with digital tools and be empowered. Take part in coding activities during EU Code Week and help more Europeans become digital creators!

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

How Does Meet and Code Support Digital Skills Education?

Digital education has become the foundation upon which youth can build their future in the modern society. And it is crucial to enable them to acquire basic digital skills. Our mission is to support local non-profits to provide access to coding and digital skills for the next generation of young Europeans.

Meet and Code Grants

Meet and Code has already supported more than 4,200 events addressed to children and young adults ages 8 - 24 years. In 2021, Meet and Code officially turns five and will continue to support charitable organizations from 35 European countries while enabling free and equal access to coding and digital education.

To receive a grant, the event must fulfil the following criteria:

  • The event idea seeks to inspire and introduce young people to the world of technology and coding.
  • The event must be submitted between 1 September and 31 October 2021.
  • The target audience are children and youth between 8 and 24 years.
  • Participation must be free of charge.

Eligible applicants: only charitable organizations can submit their ideas via their Meet and Code website.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Meet and Code had to recently adapt its overal funding strategy. In addition to the basic requirements, the following rules apply:

  • All event ideas must be executed virtually.
  • The event must take place for a minimum of 90 minutes time. This timeframe can be met in one session or can be divided into several sessions.
  • Live events have to be designed for a minimum of 10 attendees.
  • The format of the events can be
    • A live event, e.g. a webinar or a virtual coding workshop
    • A “non live event” with mandatory participant interaction, e.g. a massive open online course with live FAQ sessions.

Due to the change in format, please find funding guidelines for this year‘s Meet and Code edition. Please note that funding can only be used for event related expenditure, such as:

  • Trainer for the workshop
  • License for online teaching tools
  • Learning materials for participants; including curation and shipping, e.g. workings books or hardware
  • Communication to reach potential participants, e.g. flyer, poster, online marketing
  • Professional external support to enable an online event, e.g. technical support
  • Rent for space needed because of e.g. technical infrastructure

All criteria and restriction are described in the Conditions of Participation.

Meet and Code Awards

In 2021, we will present the Meet and Code Awards for the fourth time to honour the most innovative event ideas. By highlighting these best-practice examples, we would like to encourage others to be inspired and conceptualize even more creative and exciting projects.

This year, we are looking for the best ideas in five categories: Girls do IT!, Community, Diversity, Code for the Planet and Code for Europe.

Learn more about the Awards here.

Meet and Code Inspiration Library

Go ahead, now is the time to plan your own innovative project! If you need a little inspiration, please visit our Meet and Code Inspiration Library and learn from best-practice examples and other interesting resources, all available for free.

In the Meet and Code Inspiration Library, you can find useful resources, presentations, tool kits and links in your local language (and in English), for the different stages of learning - from beginner to advanced.

Go to the Inspiration Library.