Debate: Make every week Code Week 27 September in Brussels

Publication date: September 8, 2016

Come and meet the ambassadors of Code Week on 27 September in Brussels!
This amazing network of volunteers has been active since 2013 in engaging kids and adults in coding activities across Europe and beyond.
Three weeks before the 2016 edition of Code Week we will hold an interactive discussion on how to work together for promoting digital skills and competencies for the 21st century. The debate is hosted by Claire Bury, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s DG CONNECT and takes place in Brussels. 



The “Make every week Code Week” will take place at 13.00-14.45 on 27 September in the European Commission’s Philippe Le Bon building, 3, rue Joseph II,  in Brussels. It is followed by a networking drink, a presentation of the Commission’s Digital Skills initiative and a hands-on coding fair at the Future Classroom Lab. To take part please register here before 23 September.


We are all very excited about the 4th edition of Code Week EU and are working towards reaching even higher numbers of participants. At the same time, it is an ideal moment to reflect together on how far we have gone, how this was possible, and how to move forward and reach out even further. How do we foster programming and other digital skills for 21st century work and life in an even more collaborative and sharing environment for everyone? What is the role of European policy? In other words – how do we make every week Code Week?

13.00-14.45 The debate

Chair: Mrs Claire BURY, Deputy Director General of DG CONNECT


  • Mrs Miapetra KUMPULA-NATRI, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the ITRE Committee
  • Mr Alessandro BOGLIOLO, Associate Professor of Computer Systems, Urbino University and Coordinator of Code Week
  • Mrs Ilona KISH,  Director of Public Libraries Association, gathering 65.000 Libraries across Europe
  • Mr Liam RYAN, Managing Director of SAP Labs, co-organizer of Africa Code Week

The debate will look at following questions:

  1. What are the most important reasons for which individual people and organisations engage in fostering programming and related digital skills needed for today’s world?
  2. How to best connect with people across the continent and the world and make a common project on these issues happen – lessons learnt 2013-2016 and a message for the future?
  3. How can we bring Code Week to the next level?

14.45-15.15  Networking drink

15.15-15.30  Presentation on Digital Skills by DG CONNECT

15.45-17.00 Hands-on coding fair at the Future Classroom Lab

The European Coding Initiative welcome the participants to the Future Classroom Lab at European Schoolnet, Rue de Trèves 61, 1040 Brussels. Everyone will be welcome to try out, experiment and share coding activties.


You can register here until 23 September and if you wish you can submit your contribution on coding/ Code Week here.

For further information

EU Code Week

Code Week EU 2016 – Skill up for the digital world with #codeEU!

New record for the EU Code Week: more than half a million people took part in 2015