Bring your ideas to life!

6 hackathons, 6 challenges

Do you live in Greece, Latvia, Ireland, Italy, Romania or Slovenia? Are you creative, ambitious and interested in the future of technology? Now is your chance! Join one of the EU Code Week hackathons and develop an innovative solution that will put you at the forefront of the technological revolution!

In 2021, EU Code Week brings six extraordinary hackathons and invites 15-19 year old students, in upper secondary school, to form teams and use their coding skills to solve a local challenge. After 24 hours of hacking, each team will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts who will choose the 10 finalist teams. All teams will have the same amount of time, resources, and access to mentors and expertise in order to complete the challenge, but only 10 will get the chance to continue to the next round, develop their prototype, get expert coaching and take part in the final hackathon in the autumn. Here the teams will battle it out to decide who wins cool IT gear and the chance of mentoring and coaching to further develop their prototype

How can I take part?

Select the hackathon in your country and follow a few simple steps to register. You can join as an individual or as a team of six people. If you join with friends or classmates, don’t forget to indicate the name of your team when you register. Each hackathon will open its registration separately, so follow the hackathon in your country!

What does a hackathon look like?

The EU Code Week hackathon is a journey that kicks-off with an online 24-hour hackathon. Experienced mentors will coach the teams and there will be workshops providing opportunities for participants to learn new skills and have fun. The hackathon is also an excellent opportunity for participants to network and socialise with people in the European tech sector. At the end of the hackathon each team will pitch their solution to an expert jury.

The ten best teams will continue their hackathon journey and receive training and mentoring over the summer. The winners will then take part in the final 12-hour face-to-face national hackathon in September or October (which will take place online, if the public health situation does not allow for a physical meet-up).

Join in the fun!

I don’t know coding – what can I do?

In connection with the hackathon, there will be workshops for beginners in coding, tinkering with hardware and robotics and so on for participants to learn some basics of computational thinking and coding. See more information about how to register on your local page.

Who are the organisers?

The EU Code Week hackathons are co-organised by the European Commission and local EU Code Week Ambassadors and they are financed by the European Parliament. The aim is to show how concrete solutions come to life with the help of young people’s creativity, enthusiasm, fresh ideas and coding skills.