Engage children and youth in Europe with coding and digitalization and show them how fascinating the world of technology can be – this is the aim of the MEEt and Code initiative organized by SAP,  Haus des Stiftens gGmbH, and partners of the TechSoup Europe network from Middle and Eastern Europe.

The Idea

The initiative supports different kinds of events about programming and IT. They are organized by nonprofits and addressed to children and youth. Organizers may receive up to 500 euros of start-up money per event. All events are to be held during the EU Code Week that takes place from 07th until 22nd  October 2017.

Target Group and Goal

Target group for the events are young people aged between 8 and 24 years, who are to be introduced to the world of programming and technology in a playful way. The events should show the young people how much fun coding can be and how you can bring ideas to life with code.

Event Organizers and Formats

The TechSoup Europe’s partners reach out to nonprofits from 15 countries to provide the best ideas for coding events with financial and content-related support.

Events can be organized by different civil society groups, provided that they have nonprofit status.

Possible event formats include hackathons, coding workshops, lectures, film events, competitions, coding nights, robotics courses, etc.


Organizations from the following countries can take part in the initiative: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine.

Behind MEEt and Code initiative are SAP, the charitable limited company Haus des Stiftens gGmbH that developed the idea, and the respective country partners: Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF), TechSoup Česká Republika, NIOK Alapítvány, Love to Code, Teplitsa, TechSoup Balkans, TechSoup Slovenija, Pontis Foundation, GURT Resource Centre, Techsoup România, TechSoup Polska.

Further Information and Applications

Further information is available at www.meet-and-code.org, where NGOs can submit their event ideas that are later evaluated by the partners of the TechSoup Europe network.

Event ideas can only be submitted online at the MEEt and Code from 1st July until 15th September 2017. Every validated idea that is eligible for funding receives start-up money of 300, 400 or 500 euros, depending on the country.