Meet and Code returns for 2020, giving organisations the opportunity to hold funded virtual coding events for young people.
The Meet and Code scheme is back for 2020, offering charities the opportunity to apply for grant funding to hold their very own youth coding event. Unlike previous years, 2020 Meet and Code is welcoming fully virtual event applications only, due to the impact coronavirus has had on physical events.
Now in its fourth year, the scheme allows youth related organisations to submit ideas for events that aim to develop coding or programming skills for young people aged 8 to 24. If your event submission is successful, your organisation will be awarded 500 euros towards the running of your virtual event, which must take place between 1st September-31st October 2020.
Meet and Code aims to make coding and programming accessible to all young people and give them the opportunity to discover the power of technology and promote tech for good. In the past, events have included hackathons, workshops and classes that have all offered young people an interactive opportunity to experience the fun of coding first-hand. The events can be a fun and imaginative way to introduce young people to programming, coding and technology.
Charity Digital is the UK and Malta representative for Meet and Code and is partnered with SAP to provide the grant funding to successful organisations. There are currently 35 partners across Europe who are also offering their own Meet and Code grants.
Last year over 55,000 participants took part in over 1,200 events all over Europe. Charities can view some of last year’s highlights by heading over to the Meet and Code Inspiration Library. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences using the hashtag #meetandcode.
For organisations who are awarded the grant there is the chance to enter the Meet and Code Awards, where the most innovative and successful events of the year are recognised, with the aim of inspiring future events. The award categories look for the top events across Europe that have showcased coding opportunities encouraging diversity, community, female coding and caring for the planet. You can visit the Meet and Code website for more information about the awards.
Registration opens for organisations to submit their ideas on 1st June 2020 and closes on 10th September 2020. Save the date and get thinking!