Bring your ideas to life!

Do you dream of creating the next big app? Do you know how innovative tech solutions can help your school, town, and region? If you want to be an entrepreneur or have a killer idea to pitch to the world but you don’t know where to start, then your waiting is at an end!

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!
29-30 May 2021

Practical Info

The hackathon will take place online from 29 May to 30 May 2021
The Hackathon is free of charge.


The EU Code Week hackathon has three distinct rounds.
The 24-hour online hackathon. Out of all those competing, up to 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.

In 2021, EU Code Week brings six extraordinary hackathons and invites students aged 15-19 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 teams that will meet in the finals. The top three teams will additionally receive valuable prizes from the hackathon supporters. First place winners will receive Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Starter KITs from the IT Education Foundation, second place winners will receive an Arduino Starter KITs from the IT Education Foundation, and third place winners will receive DRONIE drones from the IT company Cognizant Latvia.

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. In the final the teams will battle it out to decide who wins IT accessories and the chance of mentoring and coaching to further develop their prototype.

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 Latvia 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.

Līna Sarma

Computer Scientist and Creative Coder, Co creator of Riga Tech Girls.

Jānis Mozgis

Senior Developer at, loves beautifully crafted code.

Jānis Cimbulis

Front-end Developer, Learn IT coding school teacher.

Angela Jafarova

Director of the Coding school Datorium. Digital skills trainer, EU CodeWeek leading teacher in Latvia.

Elchin Jafarov

Founder of the Datorium Coding School. Digital transformation, Data automation, Business intelligence.

Janis Knets

Technical architect at Accenture Latvia, more than 10 years of experience in IT field working with world-class companies

Ance Kancere

Project Manager at IT Education Foundation, Teacher of programming and design&technology

Kaspars Eglītis

Admin at University of Latvia Med Tech makerspace DF LAB & Jr Innovation Project Manager at Accenture

Paula Elksne

Assistant Director Bachelor Programs, RTU Riga Business School

Linda Sinka

Founder of Learn IT coding school for children, EU CodeWeek ambassador in Latvia

Gundega Dekena

DevOps Specialist at Accenture Latvia helping world class companies live in the cloud. Programming teacher and the only official GitHub Campus Advisor in Baltics.

Emil Syundyukov

Computer Scientist, Chief Technical Officer at biomedical startup Longenesis

Pāvils Jurjāns

IT entrepreneur, software engineer, business mentor, open data advocate and general geek.

Krišjānis Nesenbergs

Researcher and head of Cyber-physical systems lab @ EDI. Low level/embedded HW/SW, sensors, signal processing and machine learning for practical applications from wearables to self driving cars.

Workshop leaders

Viesturs Sosārs

Seasoned entrepreneur and innovation educator, co-founder of TechHub Riga

Kārlis Jonāss

Design thinker and facilitator. Karlis helps teams, companies and individuals bring change through design.

Side events

Do these themes interest you but you don’t know how to code? Sign up to our side events and discover the thrill of coding, innovation, entrepreneurship and other skills vital to participating in the digital world. The Code Week hackathon side events are scheduled to run from May to October and will include several different types of workshop. They are free of charge, you just have to sign up here. Come and learn more.

Robotics Training Series by MakeX/MakeBlock

MakeX, a global robotics competition platform presents a comprehensive series of educational robotics training to teachers and mentors who are interested in practical learning, STEAM education, programming and robotics competitions for students of all ages using cutting-edge software and hardware like mBot2, laserbox and mBlock5.
From introduction to robotics, programming and hardware construction to award-winning mentor sharing, you will dive into the process of project-based learning and how to organize students to use completions platforms to solve real world problems. Teachers organizing robotics curriculums at school are welcome and will benefit from a deeper understanding of programming, computational thinking, pedagogical concepts, robot hardware, and troubleshooting techniques.
Robotics Training Series 1 - Introduction to Robotics and Robotics Competitions by MakeX/MakeBlock
Date: 1st June, 11:00 CEST -> click here to register !
Robotics Training Series 2 - Programming and Hardware Construction by MakeX/MakeBlock
Date: 3rd June, 11:00 CEST -> click here to register !
Robotics Training Series 3 – Award-winning Mentor Sharing by MakeX/MakeBlock
Date: 8th June, 11:00 CEST -> click here to register !
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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

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