The EU Code Week Hackathon begins with a challenge to develop a code that solves a real-life challenge in just 24-hours. The 10 most successful teams will then receive training and mentoring from experts in this field, in order to prepare them for the second and final round, from which the ultimate winner will be selected. The lucky team will win further coaching and mentoring of their ideas and cool IT equipment. The winning team will also secure a spot at the European pitch where all the hackathon winners will present their ideas to a European jury during the official EU Code Week 9-24 October 2021.
The EU Code Week hackathon is sure to fuel your curiosity, inspire your creativity, encourage your entrepreneurial spirit, and bring your ideas to life.
What to expect?
- Expert coaching
- Skills workshops
- Fun activities
- The chance to meet likeminded individuals
- The chance to win mentoring and coaching, as well as IT equipment
- The chance to join the final hackathon and meet the best of the best, in person!
Practical InfoThe hackathon takes place between senior cycle classes signed up by their teacher. If you are a student, please contact your teacher and bring the idea to them. If you are a teacher, please sign up your class in “Registration”.
The hackathon will take place online from 14:00 April 26 to 16:00 April 27.
The Hackathon is free of charge.
ProgrammeThe EU Code Week hackathon has three distinct rounds.
- The 24-hour online hackathon. Out of all those competing, only 10 teams will be chosen to remain in the competition.
- Free online training and mentoring for all 10 teams, during summer 2021.
- The final round: the physical hackathon. 10 teams will have all received equal training in the second round, but only one will win. Secondary school students aged 15-19 will compete in teams to solve a ‘local challenge’ selected from proposals submitted ahead of the first round.
Your team is not guaranteed a place in the second round even if you successfully solve the challenge. Remember you are in competition with the other teams and the jury will take your method, use of time and quality of the prototype into consideration to select the successful candidates!
If your team is one of the 10 finalists, you can work on your idea over the summer. To assist you, we will offer you free trainings for development and UX Design. Your team will also get the help of a mentor who ensures that you are on the right path.
The 10 finalist teams will meet face-to-face in a 12-hour hackathon on X (which will take place online if the public health situation does not allow for a physical meet-up). Here teams will compete to be the nation’s best young hackers and get the chance to win prizes such as cool IT equipment as well as further coaching and mentoring of their ideas.
Each national winner will face-off in a European clash of titans where each winning team will pitch their solution to a European jury during the official EU Code Week 9-24 October 2021. The European champion will, besides the glory, win additional IT equipment.
Jury & Mentors
Imagine being in a virtual room full of designers, developers, creators, coders and business mentors, all with the same curiosity and drive as you. EU Code Week Hackathon Ireland brings together leading figures from the Worlds of business, IT, venture capital, education, as well as local, national and EU leaders, influencers and coaches to guide and support you and your team during this intensive marathon.
With over 20 years of experience designing and supporting solutions, Anluan is a results-focussed person who seeks out the best possible result for his clients.
Róisín worked as a Software Engineer and Team Lead in a Computer Based Training company for a number of years before joining the teaching team at TU Dublin.
Róisín has a keen interest in Computer Science Education, delivering computing camps in primary and secondary schools around Ireland, as well as being involved in the delivery of teacher training programmes to promoting computer science to school teachers.
As a recent Computer Science graduate from Letterkenny Institue of Technology. Florian also has a good understanding of what it takes to be successful in IT and what options are available in Ireland.
She is excited about how this EU Code Week Hackathon will continue to showcase the incredible potential of our young people to make a real difference.
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. From April to September, we are organising side events with our amazing partners of the EU Code Week Hackathons and it’s free to take part! Check out the different activities and register to get the link.
Animate a name
- Use a block-based programming language
- Master important computer science concepts such as events, sequences and loops
- Create an animation project in Scratch for CS
Creative Coding Workshop
Robotics Training Series by MakeX/MakeBlock
EU Code Week (#CodeWeek) is a grassroots movement run by volunteers to promote digital literacy through activities linked to coding and computer science. It inspires and engages people to explore new ideas and innovation for the future. Activities for EU Code Week take place all over the world between 9 and 24 October.
The idea of the EU Code Week Hackathon is to show how concrete solutions come to life with the help of young people’s creativity, enthusiasm, fresh ideas and coding skills. The hackathons are created and co-organised by the European Commission and local EU Code Week Ambassadors The initiative is financed by the European Parliament