Apply now for grants from “Meet and Code” to enthuse young people about coding and digitization

By Mailin Künstler, Stifter-helfen.net

You want to engage and enthuse children and youth in Europe with coding and digitalization, and show them how fascinating the world of technology can be? You are a school, an interested teacher, a computer club, or a booster club and would like to organize an event or a project for this purpose during EU Code Week 7-22 October 2017? Then the initiative ‘Meet and Code’ is just right for you.

 

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The Meet and Code initiative supports different kinds of events for children and young people about programming and IT during the EU Code Week – with up to 500 euros of start-up money per event –in a number of countries around Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine.

The target groups 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 ideas can be submitted only online at www.meet-and-code.org until 15 September 2017. Organizations are welcome to submit several different event ideas. Every validated idea that is eligible for funding receives start-up money of up to 500 euros.

Different civil society groups, e.g. schools, IT experts, companies or computer clubs can plan and organize the above described events for children and youths. Project sponsor of the event has to be a charitable organization, e.g. a school booster club.

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

Behind the Meet and Code initiative are SAP, Haus des Stiftens gGmbH who, in partnership with the American non-profit organisation TechSoup, operates the Stifter-helfen.net IT portal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and the respective country partners in the TechSoup Europe network.