The idea of EU Code Week is to show how you can bring ideas to life with code, to make programming more visible, demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.
EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors. The initiative was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for the Digital Agenda. Last year more than 150,000 people participated in 4,200 coding events in 36 countries in Europe and beyond.
As part of its strategy for a Digital Single Market, the European Commission is supporting EU Code Week and other independent initiatives which aim to boost digital skills, including programming, for different target groups. The Commission will also address digital skills and expertise in future initiatives on skills and training and will develop a digital skills strategy.
EU Code Week has attracted the support of coding and education movements like CoderDojo and RailsGirls and of major tech and IT companies who are all helping bring coding to millions of children for example by offering coding taster sessions, by developing learning modules and helping to train teachers.
Under the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, Microsoft, Liberty Global, Facebook and SAP together with European Schoolnet have launched the EU Coding Initiative and many more Grand Coalition partners organise events during EU Code Week.
Following the popularity of the EU Code Week, Africa Code Week will be organised for the first time in 2015. Led by a multi-stakeholder partnership, Africa Code Week will be taking place in 10 African countries with over 1,000 coding events for kids and adults expected across the continent.