After the successful start in 2017 approximately 600 events in 280 cities and almost 30,000 participants, Meet and Code will enter its second cycle. This year again, SAP‘s initiative makes children and young people fit for the digital world and supports programming events of all kinds that take place during the EU Code Week from 6 to 21 October 2018. Nonprofit organisations in 22 countries can now apply and receive up to 500 euros seed money for their event.
Meet and Code aims to introduce children and young people between the ages of 8 and 24 to the world of technology and coding. In the context of digital literacy, 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 technologies, digital topics and creative coding, they will be encouraged to develop the digital skills they need in today‘s world.
Meet and Code will take place during the EU Code Week from 6 to 21 October 2018 and thus supports the idea of digital literacy. The EU Code Week is a grassroots movement and has set itself the goal of making programming more visible.
Event ideas can only be submitted online on www.meet-and-code.org between 4th of June and 15th of September 2018. Organisations are welcome to submit several different event ideas. Every assessed event idea that qualifies as eligible receives a seed money of up to 500 euros to support their activities.
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.
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 support association, to receive the funding.
Possible events include hackathons, coding workshops, lectures, film events, competitions, coding nights, robotics classes or other formats.
TechSoup Europe partners: ILUNION Technology & Accessibility, TechSoup Italy, Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation(WCIF), TechSoup Česká Republika, NIOK Alapítvány, Love to Code, Teplitsa, Les Ateliers du Bocage, TechSoup Balkans, TechSoup Slovenija, Pontis Foundation, GURT Resource Centre, Stifter-helfen, Techsoup România, TechSoup Polska, Tech Trust, The Wheel support the Meet and Code initiative and coding events in the following 22 countries: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and Ukraine.
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