This year for the first time in Ukraine the week of coding (EU Code Week) Meet and Code was held. Twenty six organizations became participants of the Program. Through different events in various formats they showed how interesting the digital world could be.
The Meet and Code initiative is implemented by GURT Resource Centre in cooperation with TechSoup Europe and Haus des Stiftens gGmbH and funded by SAP. The EU Code Week took place from 07th until 22nd October 2017. Throughout Ukraine seminars, lectures, trainings, workshops, hackathons, film shows, competitions were organized. These events present the latest technologies to young people.
Anyone interested, from kids to student youth, could participate in these events. Organizers of the events also thought about adult participants, master classes and lectures were held for them too.
For many participants these events became an opportunity to try something new. In Vynohradiv, Zakarpattia Oblast, the organizers suggested for school kids to create their own cartoons using SCRATC Program.
«Very interesting and non-standard project. I was glad to observe how kids with big enthusiasm and desire to win the prize were preparing these cartoons. Everyone tried to create something unusual, but this is not so simple. My grandson is studying at another school, where, unfortunately, there are no classes like that. It’s a pity because I see how much joy and enthusiasm it gives to our kids. I sincerely thank all the organizers of the competition and I hope the program will continue», Svitlana Slyvka, Teacher, said.
The Code Week in Ukraine finished by the hackathon from the Computer Academy «Shag» in Kyiv, where public activists and IT representatives have met. Together they discussed the problems of civil society and have been searching for solutions in the IT field. Roman Malkevich,
For joining the Program organizations applied during period from July to September. For implementation of their plans they received mini-grants, up to 9000 hryvnias per one event. One organization could offer several ideas and receive funding separately for each initiative. Civil society organizations, schools, IT professionals, enterprises, computer clubs could apply and receive grant. The main condition for participation was the status of a non-profit organization.
The initiative Meet and Code is implemented in the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Poland, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine and this year also in Ukraine.
More information about Meet and Code read here.