Meet and Code

Meet and Code empowers young people with digital skills by supporting hundreds of coding events organized by nonprofits. More than 200,000 young people from 35 countries participated in almost 5,700 free of charge coding events – all of that within Meet and Code initiative funded by SAP company and implemented by TechSoup’s partners since 2017.

9 out of 10 jobs will soon require digital skills, according to  “The Digital Skills Gap in Europe” report by the European Commission in 2017. With every passing day, the increasingly digital world presents new challenges to European businesses and societies.  For this reason, it is imperative that the youth are prepared to embrace the digital future and that’s why we joined forces within Meet and Code!

We aim for a world in which every young European has the digital skills required to shape their own future. Our activities are aligned with the EU Code Week and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Starting from 2017, each year nonprofits across Europe can apply for a grant of up to 500 Euro to organize an event promoting coding and digital skills during the EU Code Week.

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In the 2021 edition, the following 35 countries were eligible thanks to our network of partners: Austria, Germany, Switzerland (Haus des Stiftens), Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg (SocialWare), Bulgaria (Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Agencija MaŠta), Czech Republic (Sdružení VIA), Denmark, Sweden (FRISE/ TechSoup Nordic Hub), Finland (Allianssi), France (Les Ateliers du Bocage), Greece, Cyprus (Impact Hub), Hungary (NIOK Alapítvány), Ireland (The Wheel), Italy (TechSoup Italy), Latvia (TechSoup Latvia), Lithuania (TechSoup Lithuania), Estonia (TechSoup Estonia), Kazachstan (EFCA), Norway (Lær Kidsa Koding), Poland (Fundacja TechSoup), Portugal (Entrajuda), Romania
(Associatia TechSoup), Russian Federation (Teplitsa), Slovakia (Nadacia Pontis), Slovenia (Zavod MISSS), Spain (TechSoup Spain), UK, Malta (Charity Digital), Ukraine (GURT Resource Centre).

In 2020, we can share the joy of coding in 10 new countries thanks to the help of the program’s newly appointed partner, Germany‘s Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI).

Meet and Code Award

Meet and Code is not only about coding. But coding is one of the tools that can help change the world.

The Meet and Code Award honors the most successful event ideas. The goal is to award the most creative and innovative event ideas used by nonprofits to get youngsters excited about coding. Winners of each category will receive 2000 euro prize money.

Submissions will be accepted in the following five categories: Girls do IT!, CommunityDiversity, and Code for the Planet and the novelty in 2020 – Code for Europe.

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The majority of participants of Meet and Code events came into contact with programming for the first time in their lives.

“I thought that coding is something difficult. Here I did not even notice that I’m coding. It’s just fun.” – said one of the event participants.

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“It’s an opportunity to launch a new direction in our everyday activity with some basic funding which helps us to take risks and try something new.” – shared organizers of “Labyrinth of programmers” event run by the Charitable Foundation “The Path” from Russia.

 

Behind Meet and Code are the founding partners SAP, Haus des Stiftens gGmbH, TechSoup Europe with the respective country partners of the TechSoup Europe network. In 2020, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) became part of the project as a partner in the framework of the German EU presidency and beyond, focusing on EU countries. SAP and BMI enable Meet and Code through financial support and providing resources for nonprofits. Haus des Stiftens gGmbH is responsible for the initiative, for the selection of the projects in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as general management of the project. TechSoup Europe coordinates the funding and operations by the responsible managing country partners of the TechSoup Europe network. TechSoup Europe partners are responsible for coordinating the initiative and selecting the events to be supported in their respective countries. Meet and Code was co-developed by Haus des Stiftens and SAP.

More: www.meet-and-code.org 

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