Brussels, 29 July 2014
Make 2014 the summer you learn how to code!
If the sun is getting too much, you've finished that book and crosswords have lost their magic — then why not make August 2014 the summer you learn a new digital language? In advance of EU Code Week, taking place across Europe 11-17 October 2014, here are a few ways you, your friends and family can learn how to code this summer.
Go on a programming camp
Just a taster of some of the activities which EU Code Week Ambassadors have on their menu in August
And there are many more out there to choose from:
- Try out coding taster-sessions and workshops, for example in
- Learn some programming online
If you can't join a summer camp here are four ways of getting started (from the EU Code Week resources page).
- Coding lessons for beginners
- Full online courses available at
- Coding activities in Europe and the world
At CoderDojos, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programmes, games and explore technologies. Rails Girls targets women who learn prototyping, basic programming and get introduced to the world of technology.
Another example is Code.org, a US-based industry-backed non-profit. Many international businesses (Telefonica, Google, Microsoft, Telerik etc.) also organise various coding activities.
Do you organise a coding activity? Add it here – even if it does not take place during the Code Week in October. Over 100 events are already listed! You can also let @codeWeekEU know and we will share the news.
Commissioners back EU Code Week 11-17 October 2014 – Bring your ideas to life with coding
The second edition of EU Code Week will take place 11-17 October 2014. The idea is making coding more visible, demystify these skills, and bring motivated people together to learn. We aim at getting millions of children, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to come together in events and classrooms to learn programming and related skills.
European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) have sent a joint letter to EU Education Ministers urging them to encourage children to get involved in EU Code week. "Promoting coding skills in Europe is part of the solution to youth unemployment," they say.
The initiative has attracted the support of coding and education movements like CoderDojo and Rails Girls and of major tech and IT companies (e.g. Rovio, Microsoft, Telefonica, Liberty Global, Google and Facebook) who are all helping bring coding to millions of children for example by offering coding taster sessions, by developing learning modules and helping to train teachers.
How is EU Code Week organised?
In each country one or several EU Code Week Ambassadors have volunteered to be the main point of contact for Code Week, help spread the vision of the initiative and connect local coding communities and interested actors.
EU Code Week events are organised locally and published on a map the EU Code Week website by the organiser.
Why is coding important?
Each and every interaction between humans and computers is governed by code. Programming is everywhere and fundamental to the understanding of a hyper-connected world. Coding is the literacy of today.
Basic coding skills will also be needed for many jobs in the near future. More than 90% of professional occupations nowadays require some ICT competence. Moreover, the number of graduates in computer science is not keeping pace with this demand for skills. As a result many open vacancies for ICT practitioners cannot be filled, despite the high level of unemployment in Europe. If we do not appropriately address this issue at a European and national level, we may face a shortage of up to 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020. The share of women in choosing technical careers is also alarmingly low. Coding is a way to attract girls to choose tech careers.
Making ICT careers more attractive is one of the objectives of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
Map of events (events are added by local organiser and checked by Code Week Ambassador)
Press release on EU Code Week (in all EU languages)