At this year’s Digital Assembly, me and my fellow Neelie Kroes’ Young Advisors were challenged to pick a common theme to work on. One suggestion was to focus on providing every young European with opportunities to start learning coding. Out of this suggestion, Europe Code Week was born over summer.
The key idea is to have one week, November 25 - 30, dedicated to promoting coding all over Europe. By doing this, we hope to put existing initiatives like Rails Girls, CoderDojos and more on the map, spread best practices and encourage more initiatives to be started. The initiative was officially announced three weeks ago by Neelie Kroes on her blog.
The amazing Coding Map of Europe
And I must say I’m completely blown away by the response! Especially by what’s going on in Croatia and Ireland, both countries where we have a teacher ambassador. Coincidence? Don’t think so!
In Croatia, Ivana Ružić, an informatics teacher, managed to get over 800 students and teachers involved in 16 #codeEU events all over the country in a very short time. In Ireland, Young Advisor Julie Cullen, rallied up the CoderDojo community and over 200 Irish organization and even managed to promote Code Week at the Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference!