We are happy to announce that nonprofits from 25 European countries registered more than 2,000 event ideas promoting coding and digital skills in our Meet and Code initiative! All of them have a chance to win the 2000 euros prize in Public Voting!

For the third time in a row, thanks to SAP and our network of partners we support local nonprofits across Europe to provide access to coding and digital skills for the next generation of young Europeans with Meet and Code initiative.

In 2019, we encouraged organisers to think broader and organise coding events showing young people how tech can improve our life. With four categories: Community, Diversity, Girls do IT, Code for your Planet, which are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, Meet and Code is looking for events that contribute to those goals and combine them with the idea of IT and Coding.

Public Choice Award

Until October 20, every Meet and Code event can be voted on and win Public Choice Award.  Explore the event ideas and vote for your favourite one!

For a vote to be counted, an email address will need to be entered and confirmed. Each email address can only vote onceOn Award subpage you will find the list of current results – the TOP 10 events from all participating countries. The top 3 will be invited to the Award Weekend.

Meet and Code Award Jury

The Jury will carefully choose the three finalists, including the winners, of the four mentioned categories. The top 3 events of each category, as well as the top 3 events from public voting, are the finalists of the Meet and Code Award 2019. Two representatives of the charity, that organised the finalists’ events, will be invited to the Award Weekend at the beginning of 2020.

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.

Photo: Rafal Nowak CC BY 4.0

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.

Explore the Coding Events of Meet and Code 2019

We are looking forward to this year’s edition of the EU Code Week and Meet and Code! All events will take place during the EU Code Week between 5 and 20 October 2019. There is a whole variety of activities planned – scouts from the UK will code a digital compass for navigation and learn how to make a morse code transmitter. Kids in Italy will study programming along with their grandparents. Primary students will learn to programme using the BBC Micro:Bit boards, while absolute beginners at university may join introduction classes to the basic elements of web design using HTML and C+.

To learn about the funded events, go to www.meet-and-code.org and don’t forget to vote for the best event idea! Help the best nonprofit win 2000 euros!