From 6 to 21 October, "EU Code Week" will again help make digital skills and innovation come to life for citizens across Europe and beyond. This year schools of all levels and teachers of all subjects are especially invited to participate. Teachers are encouraged to give their students a first look into the world of programming and "tech" and to inspire them by incorporating hand-on on-line and off-line activities in their classrooms.

Teachers can also access free resources and lesson plans on the new webpage specially dedicated to teachers: codeweek.eu/schools. As in previous years, not only teachers are invited to host activities centred on coding, tech and computational thinking – everyone is! Coding clubs, libraries, non-for profits, companies and other organisations can add their activities to the Code Week map.

In order to support as many participants as possible in their creative journeys to coding, Code Week organisers are also invited to participate in the Code Week 4 All challenge. For the first time, organisers can link their activities with others by using a unique code received during the registration process. Partners within a network use the same code to register activities of their own. Those who manage to connect at least ten activities, 500 students, or three countries will receive a Certificate of Excellence.

Why coding?

Digital skills are essential so that everyone can take part in society and contribute to economic and social progress in the digital era. Coding helps develop 21st century competences such as computational thinking, problem solving, creativity and teamwork. Programming offers the possibility for young and old to become digital creators and to bring ideas to life. Learning coding and tech empowers people and teaches them skills other than just passively consuming, liking or sharing content.

Run by volunteers

EU Code Week is run by volunteers. One or several Code Week Ambassadors coordinate the initiative in their countries, but everyone can organise their own activity and add it to the codeweek.eu map.

Supported by the European Commission

The European Commission supports EU Code Week, as part of its strategy for a Digital Single Market. In the Digital Education Action Plan the Commission especially encourages schools to join the initiative. The goal is to reach 50% of all schools in Europe by 2020.

Organisers sign up via the EU Code Week website, and spread the word amongst their networks.

Code Week in numbers

In 2017, 1.2 million people in more than 50 countries around the world took part in EU Code Week. An additional 1.3 million young people were engaged in Africa Code Week, which is a spin-off initiative run by the company SAP and non-for profit organisations.

2017

1.2 million people

+50 countries

2016

970,000 people

+50 countries

2015

570,000 people

46 countries

2014

150,000 people

36 countries around the world

2013

10,000 people

26 European countries

Join EU Code Week

Join EU Code Week by organising a coding activity in your town, joining the Code Week 4 All Challenge and connecting activities s across communities and borders, or helping us spread the vision of Code Week. If you are interested in following the latest news and interacting with other organisers, EU Code Week is also active on Facebook and Twitter.