In 2020, we will be recognising the most successful event ideas with an award once again. The goal is to inspire others to do the same in following years, because digital education is so important. We're looking for the best ideas in four categories as well as a crowd favorite.
The four categories of the Meet and Code Award 2020 are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meet and Code is looking for events that contribute to those goals and combine them with the idea of IT and Coding.
The topic of equal opportunity and gender equality plays an important role in today’s society. This award category aims to help close the gender gap in IT and Coding. We are looking for creative events that break down gender stereotypes and empower girls in coding. Examples for events in this category could be “Robotics for girls” or “Code like a girl with Snap!”.
Only a diverse and inclusive world can secure our future. In the category Diversity we are looking for the best event ideas to inspire children and young people. Not only for IT and coding, but also for a world with equal opportunities and appreciation. By this, we mean a diversity of cultural, religious and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental and physical abilities and different living and working conditions. They could for example address juvenile prisoners or focus on the usage of IT for people with vision and hearing disorder.
Did you know that you can track bees by means of modern technology? We are looking for hackathons, coding nights or other events that combine coding and actions for the planet. All coding events that improve climate change education through raising awareness on this topic are of valuable contribution to SDG 13. Events in this category might for example deal with air pollution measurement or tools for energy efficiency.
A local community is a safety net for its people. Events of this category take the local aspects and customs into consideration and think about community specific needs. The events should bring people of same goals, interest and neighborhoods together through the passion to “meet and code”! Events in this category could for example work on a platform for your neighborhood.
Working together is extremely important, especially when it comes to overcoming difficulties and challenges posed by EU digitization. Closely linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #17 Partnerships for the Goals this category seeks to initiate cross border collaboration between companies and unite children of different backgrounds and locations through Meet and Code events. Events in this category include; safe and responsible online media use, looking at ways we can bring different nationality children & youth together, tackling disinformation and combating fake news, and creative solutions that deal with today’s digital challenges across Europe.
Every validated Meet and Code event can participate in the Meet and Code Award. When submitting an event, you can choose one of the categories, that best matches your event.
After a preselection of best events for each country by the local TechSoup partner, the Jury will carefully choose the three finalists, including the winners, of the five categories according to the corresponding criteria. The winners of the categories will be announced at the Award Weekend.
The top 3 events of each category are the finalists of the Meet and Code Award 2020. Two representatives of the nonprofit organization, that organized the finalists’ events, will be invited to the Award Weekend. The Award Weekend will take place in the beginning of 2021 in Europe. The five winning events will each receive prize money in the amount of 2.000 €.
Head of Unit Digital Economy and Skills at European Commission, Brussels
A lawyer by training, Fabrizia Benini joined the European Commission in 1995.
Throughout her career, she has worked on the intersection between regulatory frameworks and technological developments taking into account the users' perspective. At present, her work focuses on the digital economy, its measurement and the impact digital development may have on the labour market and on skills. Currently one of her main tasks is to devise policy responses to the current digital skills gap.
Executive Director of European Schoolnet, Brussels
Marc Durando has over 35 years’ experience in the field of education and training, both at European and national level. He has worked in the education and training area since 1983, where, after five years in the field of continuing education for enterprises, he developed specific expertise on European cooperation in the field of education and training.
Since September 2006, Marc Durando joined the European Schoolnet network as Executive Director of the European Schoolnet. As a network of 34 ministries of education, European Schoolnet’s mission is to support those ministries, schools, teachers and relevant education stakeholders in Europe in the transformation of education processes for 21st century digitalized societies. More particularly, European Schoolnet’s remit is to identify and test promising innovative practices, share evidence about their impact, and support mainstreaming teaching and learning practices aligned with 21st century standards and expectations for the education of all students.
Head of Business Development and Member of the Management Board, Haus des Stiftens gGmbH, Munich
Clemens Frede has been systematically establishing the business unit "Corporate Engagement & Non-Profits" at the Haus des Stiftens gGmbH since 2008 - in cooperation with more than 100 partners, more than 80,000 non-profit organizations are now supported via digital platforms and programs. He works closely with key players in the IT industry and has many years of experience in the non-profit sector. Clemens Frede was born in Ravensburg in 1978 and studied sociology and political science at the University of Mainz. He is married and has two children.
Tech-for-Good entrepreneur, member of the supervisory board
Valerie Mocker is founder and managing director of Wingwomen, a platform that brings young digital talents into supervisory and management positions. The lack of young, digital leaders in the field of decision makers is one of the biggest barriers to a successful digital transformation. As a Tech-for-Good investor and former director of the innovation fund Nesta, Valerie has helped leaders and organizations around the world to improve their daily lives through digital innovation. As an international speaker and columnist for Handelsblatt, Valerie promotes a future that everyone can shape and a digitalization that benefits everyone. She is a board member of Wikipedia/Wikimedia DE, was named one of the "40 under 40" executives by Capital Magazine and holds two degrees (summa cum laude) from the University of Oxford.
State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology, Berlin
Dr. Markus Richter was born in Münster/Westphalia in 1976. He has two children.
After studying law at the University of Münster, he received his doctorate in 2003 and completed his practical legal training at the Regional Court in Hamm with the second state examination in law one year later. Since 2005 Dr. Markus Richter has held several positions at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). There he is involved in human resources, organization, the office of the President and policy issues regarding integration and migration. In 2014, he was appointed Head of IT units at the Federal Office of Administration. From 2015, he returned to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees as head of the Infrastructure and IT Directorate-General and became Vice-President of the office in 2018. Since May 1, 2020, Dr. Markus Richter has been State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technology.
Vice President of TechSoup Europe, Warsaw
Anna is responsible for the strategic direction of the TechSoup Europe which is part of the TechSoup Global Network that consists of 61 of capacity-building organizations, and serves 1,100,000 registered NGOs, within over 8 billion euros delivered in technology tools and philanthropic services. Her background includes employability, social enterprises, social and digital inclusion, civic technology, as well as the development of friendly policies and a legal environment for civil society. Anna holds master's degrees in both Law and Economy and Society from Warsaw and Lancaster Universities respectively. She was a member of the Minister of Labour’s Public Benefit Work Council and the Polish Prime Minister’s Social Economy Task Force in Poland (under D. Tusk’s administration).
President Middle & Eastern Europe, SAP SE
Hartmut Thomsen is President of Middle and Eastern Europe (MEE). He is responsible for all sales, operations and development of the business in this region, containing the Market Units Germany, Switzerland, CEE (including Austria) and CIS. He reports to Adaire Fox-Martin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Global Customer Operations.
Thomsen is a well-established executive in the market having most recently worked as SAP’s MEE Chief Operating Officer & Head of Cloud and prior to that as Managing Director of SAP Germany from 2012 to 2016. Thomsen joined SAP in 2011 heading up Financial Services and Public Services for SAP Germany. Prior to joining SAP, Hartmut Thomsen held numerous leadership positions at various companies including IBM and Oracle.
Hartmut Thomsen, born in Elmshorn, Germany in 1971, holds a diploma in Economics and Business Administration from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. He is married and has three children.