Programming or coding is a set of instructions that allow computers to work. With code you can create software, apps and websites. You can also programme mobile phones, your fridge or your car. Today 90% of all jobs require digital skills, but 44% of Europeans have none or low digital skills. Despite high unemployment levels in Europe there are today around 350,000 vacancies for ICT professionals.
EU Code Week is a movement run by volunteers and supported by the European Commission that encourage people to discover coding. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how to create with code and let people discover tech in a fun and engaging way.
Over 80 volunteer Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries. Everyone can organise events to show motivated people how to create their own app, program a robot or make whatever they dream of. If you can imagine it, coding can help you create it!
Coding actions for schools and teachers
EU Code Week has a special challenge for schools. If your school thinks it can get more than 50% of the school's students doing some hands-on coding during Code Week – it can take part in the CodeWeek4all challenge and be awarded a “Certificate of Excellence in Coding Literacy” at the beginning of 2018.
Another EU Code Week education project in the spotlight this year, is the eTwinning online community for European schools. The community will host a group called "Coding at school". A webinar for teachers registered on the platform was held on 5 October 2017 to kick-off the group. It focused on the potential of coding as an instrument to develop and reinforce computational thinking skills as well as other academic uses of coding at school.Teachers interested in joining the eTwinning community can register their school..
Plenty of resources and lesson plans for teachers can be found on the EU Code Week resources page, which also hosts a number of links to material for individuals who want to learn programming.
On Saturday 14 October between 11.00 and 13.00 CET the Code Week ambassadors will launch a pan-European #CodeHunting game. This is a group game played across different locations. Participants get to certain points in a city by solving a coding challenge. Keep an eye on the EU Code Week blog to find out more..
Other coding events in libraries, code clubs, organisations and companies
Many organisations, code clubs such as CoderDojo and companies organise events during EU Code Week. As in 2016, EU Code Week has partnered with the Public Libraries 2020 – a network of 65,000 public libraries, who will organise workshops in local libraries across Europe. Inspired by the EU Code Week and led by SAP, Africa Code Week and Latin Code Week will take place from 18 to 25 October in 35 African and 9 Latin American countries involving more than 500,000 young people in coding classes. Google has sponsored 60 Code Week events in 33 countries that will introduce 33,000 young people to coding and tech. Through the Meet and Code initiative, led by the German non-for profit IT organisation, Stifter-helfen together with SAP and TechSoup Europe, 490 events taking place during Code Week and involving more than 20,000 kids received grants of up to 500 EUR in 15 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine).
European Commission supports and celebrates Code Week
The European Commission supports EU Code Week as digital skills are a cornerstone of a well-functioning Digital Single Market. The Commission supports communication activities and manages the Code Week website and invites the Code Week ambassadors to two meetings per year but does not offer any other financial support.
Mariya Gabriel Commissioner for Digital Economy and society together with Tibor Navracsics Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports will k[l]ick-off EU Code Week on 9 October 2017. They will participate in a hands-on coding and tech workshop coached by young people who have been enrolled in coding training and boot camps in Belgium e.g. Le Wagon Bruxelles, BeCode, MolenGeek, Interface3, Techies Lab, Kodo Wallonie, Code Fever, Dwengo and Digitale Wolven. During the workshop, the young coaches will show coding, robots and related hardware activities while helping the Commissioners write their first lines of code.