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Kick-Off Event Meet and Code: Save the date!

On September 1st, our Kick-Off Event “Meet And Code” 2020 will begin two months of coding!

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On September 1st, at 11.00 CET Germany‘s Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) including State Secretary Dr. Markus Richter for the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Hartmut Thomsen (President Middle & Eastern Europe, SAP) and Fabrizia Benini, Head of Unit Digital Economy and Skills, European Commission will virtually kick off Meet and Code 2020! Join one-hour livestream (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) to meet European nonprofits that already applied for our grants and to learn more about coding online to bring new digital skills to the younger generation.


In 2020, Meet and Code family equaled 35 countries. We can share the joy of coding and empower a generation in 10 new countries thanks to the help of the program’s newly appointed partner, Germany‘s Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI). What is more, on 1 July 2020, Germany assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). In other words, from July to December 2020, Germany will chair the meetings of the EU Council and will be responsible for progressing EU legislation.

Coding Workshops
For our day full of coding we would like to invite you also for 3 coding workshops:

“How to go from offline to online”: Webinar for NGO led by Junge-Tueftler (Germany), 13:00 – 14:30 CEST

In the last online seminar of our series we give a short insight into the recently published guide, which contains a broad overview over the most important issues of running online seminars. In view of the upcoming Meet and Code 2020, we will address your questions and challenges in a Q&A session to provide you with helpful information and practical examples to get started. So please share with us a question that is particularly important to you with regard to the planning and/or implementation of your online coding event. Questions and topics will then be answered directly in the online seminar.


- overview and tips on how to design online seminars,
- experience an example of an interactive online seminar with an unlimited number of participants,
- the possibility to address your questions on all aspects of online seminars.

Educators in the non-profit sector of digital learning


Elisabeth Sassi
Elisabeth studied product design in Hamburg, Berlin and Copenhagen. Since 2011 she has been working as a designer in Berlin and taught Design Thinking at the d-school of the Hasso Plattner Institute for many years. Elisabeth finds her inspiration and motivation in the exchange with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Co-creative collaboration in workshops is one of her main focuses - this applies to her work with pupils and students but also in the context of large companies. Elisabeth is project lead and mentor at Junge Tüftler gGmbH since 2019.

Susanne Grunewald
Susanne combines multiple professions and life experiences in her work as a practitioner in digital learning for Junge Tüftler. As a media educator she holds the view that shared, experience-based learning with others and man-made artifacts in relation to our environment is key to a sustainable and just the future. As a mediator, she is passionate about designing communication processes that foster individual development embedded in social networks. And as a social scientist she always keeps a critical eye on societal development and the belief that the responsibility for progressive change is in our hands.

To take part in this webinar please register here:
The seminar will take 90 minutes. It will be held in English. Equip yourself with a good internet connection and a headset. The installation of the Zoom software is recommended for the best performance, but you can also join without installation via any modern browser by opening the provided link.

“Tips and tricks on how to do great coding online events for children and youth” together with CoderDojo Foundation, Webinar led by Ana Stamatescu (Romania), 14:00- 15:00 CEST

In this 1 hour webinar, our 2 special guests from the CoderDojo Foundation will share with us how to creatively code online and run a coding club, manage different types of online interactions, about safeguarding online and tools we can use to make our online coding events even better. We will learn from their 7 years in experience of leading a global movement to give children the opportunity to learn code and be creative in a safe and social environment, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion or creed.

-explore creative programming online,
-learn about best practices of online engagement,
-know how to guide learners in a safe online environment.

Educators in the sector of digital learning and coding

The CoderDojo Foundation was established in 2013 by CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton. CoderDojo and the Foundation share the same vision: every child worldwide should have the opportunity to learn code and to be creative with technology in a safe & social environment. They support Dojos around the world; sustain and support CoderDojo’s growth; and source new champions, mentors, and partners. The CoderDojo Foundation also facilitates communication and collaboration across the movement and ensures that all community members have the tools & content needed to start and run Dojos. Finally, they help to develop a consistent, rich, fun and cool learning environment at Dojos.

Asociatia Techsoup is a capacity builders and teachers' trainers NGO, providing digital and Computer Science knowledge resources to empower NGOs, educators and youth to achieve their maximum potential and participate fully in the digital transformation of our society.
They believe technology can contribute to fostering a more educated, open and democratic Romania, therefore Asociatia Techsoup work to make it accessible, understandable and familiar to change-makers in our society.
An independent nonprofit organization founded in 2010, Asociatia Techsoup is a capacity-building nonprofit organisation that provides technology resources and inspiration to nonprofits, educators and youth.

Sonja Bienert
Sonja has a passion for creating international communities with a shared mission of educating and enabling young minds. She is the Senior Community Manager at CoderDojo, leading a team in welcoming and supporting new community members around the world.
Sonja holds a Master’s in Psychology from Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany. After living in Greece and the USA, the German native is excited to call Ireland her home. She enjoys travel, exploration, baking and baseball.

Nuala McHale
Nuala holds a First Class Honours BA from Trinity College Dublin. Nuala has worked with the CoderDojo Foundation for over three years. Prior to this position, Nuala worked for The Undergraduate Awards, where she recognised the benefits of intercultural learning. Nuala has volunteered with Suas, VDP and in Guatemala with EIL Ireland in an education and marketing capacity. She continues to volunteer with EIL Ireland and Friends of the Earth Ireland along with mentoring at her nearest Dojo. Outside of CoderDojo, Nuala enjoys attending theatre and comedy shows, current affairs and assisting with the running of her family’s farm.

To take part in this webinar please register here:
The seminar will take 90 minutes. It will be held in English. Equip yourself with a good internet connection and a headset. The installation of the Zoom software is recommended for the best performance, but you can also join without installation via any modern browser by opening the provided link.

Interactive workshop around AI , led by Nvias (Czech Republic), 16:00 – 20:00 CEST

AI workshop uncovers the potential of artificial intelligence in the form of project based teaching, summarizes the basic knowledge of modern technologies using AI, explains the principles of functioning of three areas of machine learning – vision, speech and understanding. The practical part of the workshop includes working with tools using artificial intelligence and building an AI startup company.

We can dedicate the topic of AI Discovery to specific SDG. That means we will motivate students to invent startups which will use AI to address specific SDG, like climate actions, sustainable cities, reduced inequalities, etc.
If you would like to read more about the AI Project Day you can look to our web AI Discovery.

This online seminar has a capacity of 25 participants (5 teams up to 5 members).
Target group of this seminar is 14+.



On September 1st, we will start our two months of coding - almost 250 NGOs from Europe already got our grants in 2020. If you would like to organise a digital online event, you have time until September 10th! Register your idea, wait for our feedback, get a grant and empower a generation!