Bring your ideas to life!

6 hackathons, 6 challenges

Do you live in Latvia, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Slovenia or Spain? Here is your chance to use your creativity, curiosity, drive and tech skills. Join one of the EU Code Week hackathons and develop an innovative solution that will help society. In 2020, EU Code Week brings six extraordinary hackathons to six European countries and invites upper secondary students (16-19 year-olds) to use their coding skills to come up with solutions to a local challenge in 2 days.

How can I take part?

Select the hackathon in your country and follow a few simple steps to register. If you want to join with friends or classmates, don’t forget to indicate the name of your team. Each hackathon will open its registration separately.

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.

What does a hackathon look like?

Each hackathon will see 60 secondary school students competing in teams for 2 days. At the end, each team will pitch their solution to an expert jury. Experienced mentors will coach the teams and there will be workshops providing opportunities for participants to learn new skills and have fun. The hackathons are also an excellent opportunity for participants to network and socialise with people in the local tech sector. The winning team in each local hackathon will receive different prizes, including the opportunity to go to Brussels and present their solution to an international audience on 12 October 2020.

I don’t know coding – what can I do?

In parallel with the hackathon, there will be workshops for beginners in coding, tinkering with hardware, 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.