EU Code Week thrives thanks to a vast, international community of volunteers. In this page you can meet the members that are active in your country.
EU Code Week’s backbone is the Ambassadors, the Leading teachers and representatives of ministries of education in the EU and Western Balkans countries – the Edu coordinators.
Find out more about your local community by selecting your country:
EU Code Week Ambassadors are the main point of contact for Code Week in each country and help spread the vision of Code Week locally. The Ambassadors connect people, companies and communities interested in supporting EU Code Week. They encourage organisers to register coding activities on the Code Week map, and promote the overall participation in EU Code Week. Ambassadors also review and approve activities in their country. Ambassadors also work with their peers in other countries and meet regularly to discuss how to further develop the initiative.
Dr. Stamatios Papadakis has been a postdoctoral researcher in Educational Technology, with emphasis on mobile learning, at the Department of Preschool Education at the University of Crete, Greece since 2016. He has graduated from the Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece. In 2006 he completed a Master’s degree (M.Ed.) in Pre-school Education and Educational Design at the University of Aegean, Rhodes, Greece at the School of Humanities, Department of Pre-school Education. In 2016, he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Crete, Department of Education in Rethymnon, Greece. He has worked as an adjunct Lecturer in Education teaching Didactics in Programming (2017-2018) at the Department of Computer Sciences, School of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Crete, Greece. Since 2017 h worked as an adjunct Lecturer in Education teaching Informatics (2017-2018) at the Department of Preschool Education, School of Education, University of Crete, Greece. His scientific and research interests include the study of mobile learning, especially on the use of smart mobile devices and their accompanying mobile applications (apps) in the use of Preschool and Primary Education, focusing on the development of Computational Thinking and students’ understanding of numbers. Furthermore, his research interests also include ICT in education, novice programming environments, and teaching of programming in Primary and Secondary Education (novice programmers). Languages: English (fluent), German. Online identities: ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Stamatios_Papadakis Academia: https://independent.academia.edu/PapadakisStamatis Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=e3vLZegAAAAJ&hl=en ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-3184-1147 Mendeley: https://www.mendeley.com/profiles/stamatios-papadakis/ Scopus: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57038471800 Dplp: https://dblp.org/pers/hd/p/Papadakis:Stamatis Web of Science: S-1483-2016 Publons: https://publons.com/researcher/1222774/stamatis-papadakis/metrics/ Research website: http://moeads.edc.uoc.gr/
Theodouli [Lia] Terzidou
Theodouli Terzidou is CS teacher, Immersive Learning Developer and holds a PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Computer Science Department. She is President of the Greek Computer Society-Northern Greece Chapter and Member of the Organizing Committee for the Greek National Competition in Informatics for Students, whose winners represent Greece at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). She is an advocate of teaching young people coding, which led her to found the "CoderDojo Thessaloniki", running free and fun Coding clubs for young people. She is also advocate and instructor at Google CS-First. Strong believer that Coding gives Kids a Superpower!
Spyros Blatsios is a Physics and Informatics teacher. Since 2002, he works at Platon Schools, Katerini, Greece. Currently he is the Head of the European Projects & Lifelong Learning Department. He has participated in many EU funded educational research projects such as SOCRATES/COMENIUS/MINERVA/FP7/ERASMUS+, and he's been engaged in educational robotics with publications since 2005. Spyros received his Bachelor of Science in Physics at Aristotle University, Greece and a Masters of Science in Information Technology at Hellenic Open University, Greece. He is currently a PhD candidate in Applied Informatics at the University of Macedonia.
Leading teachers is an active community of more than 450 educators from across Europe. They help connect schools, teachers and students interested in participating to Code Week and encourage them to organise activities and register them on the Code Week map. The Leading teachers hold professional development webinars in their language and are a reference point for other teachers in the country but also in Europe. They also promote the initiative locally.
If you are a teacher, you can find Leading teachers near you to connect with on the map.
EU Code Week Edu coordinators are correspondents in Ministries of Education or other educational authorities and organisations participating in EU Code Week. Edu coordinators strengthen the foundations of the initiative by supporting teachers and schools nation-wide. This includes communication with schools who already participate in EU Code Week to learn about their best practices and share experience. Edu coordinators also support schools that want to participate in the initiative, by providing available resources, learning material and opportunities within the community.
Volunteer for EU Code Week
You do not need to take on an official role in the EU Code Week community to be part of the movement. Everyone can organise activities to teach and inspire people to code, do robotics, tinker with hardware, 3D-print etc. and pin their activity on the map However, if you want to volunteer your time to promote coding and believe in the vision and values of EU Code Week, you could potentially become a leading teacher or an ambassador. .
If you are an educator passionate about teaching and learning how to code as much as we are, you can find out more about the role and benefits of Leading teachers here. Then you can apply to become a Leading Teacher by filling this online application form. Please note that the number of Leading Teachers per country is fixed which means that applications are open only for some specific countries at a time.
If you want to promote coding in your country, check out the responsibilities of Ambassadors and take a quick look at the list of EU Code Week Ambassadors. If there are Ambassadors in your country, please get in touch directly with them and see how you can best support the initiative. If there is no one in your country, you can reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.