March 16, 2021, we celebrated the virtual Meet and Code Awards 2020. Almost 900 entries were received, and 15 finalists were shortlisted by an expert panel of judges. The following NGOs were awarded this year’s winning titles and received €2,000 in prize money:

Girls do IT!

Germany’s Webseminar by Mar de Colores e.V. Led by a female trainer as a role model, the workshop aimed to provide gender-neutral opportunities in a safe space to build self-esteem, and empower girls by combining the skills of design, sewing and coding. Girls were engaged in the field of coding using fashion as an entry point.

Diversity

Greece’s ARSIS Organisation with My Story, for social support of youth. Refugee children presented their stories to the public using the Scratch platform. The event highlighted the important role of digital literacy and digital education in Windows OS, the Internet, and coding with Scratch, while providing opportunities for refugee children.


Code for the Planet

Ukraine’s Centre for Euro-Initiatives for Ecological IT-Quest. 84 youth participants were given one week to master certain coding skills in the context of raising awareness of environmental issues, while also seeking innovative solutions. The event encouraged creativity and independent work among children, with environmental sustainability as the theme.

Community

Italy’s DENSA Coop Soc for Code & Light Up. With a focus on local community issues that drew attention to the plight of disadvantaged citizens by enabling those with economic difficulties to participate, this event delivered a strong social impact. Participants received various elements of learning and were provided the opportunity to practice it using digital storytelling and programming skills. 

Code for Europe

Belgium & France’s creative collaboration called Makers United organized by e Creatieve STEM & Digijeunes. The aim of this partnership was to drive cooperation & consortium to collaborate on issues and concerns that are too intricate to be addressed in silos. A large part of the initiative involved international discussions which explored how technology could help tackle problems across Europe.