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. The winning team will also secure a spot at the European pitch where all the national hackathon winners from Romania, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Slovenia and Latvia 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!
18-19 September 2021

Propose challenges to be solved at the Hackathon

Do you want to make your community the centre of green and sustainable innovation in Slovenia? If so, propose a challenge that will be “hacked” at the Hackathon. Something concrete that will help you, your school, city or community.

Practical Info

The Hackathon will be held from 18 September to 19 September 2021. We hope the competition to take place physically. If the public health situation does not allow it, we will meet online.
The Hackathon is free of charge.


The EU Code Week Hackathon is a two-day competition gathering secondary school students aged 15-19. They will compete in teams to solve a ‘local challenge’ selected from proposals submitted ahead.

During the Hackathon, teams will get support from experienced mentors, be able to participate in workshops, do mini-challenges, quizzes, win prizes and a 2.000€ prize for the winning team! The jury will take the team’s method, use of time and quality of the prototype into consideration to select the successful candidates!

Each national winner will meet 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.

Free online and/or physical side events will also be organised during summer 2021 for beginners in coding.

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 Slovenia 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.

Janko Harej

Janko Harej is a higher education lecturer and teacher of professional subjects at the Nova Gorica Secondary School. He is interested in all aspects of integrating new technologies into education. He participates in various national and international projects, where he develops teacher education, develops services and e-content. He was involved in the revision of several curricula.
In his free time, he is actively involved in the field of choral music.

Katja K. Ošljak

Researcher of communication and digital media, founder of the Institute for Digital Education Vsak and Slovenian ambassador of the EU Code Week project. It strives for access to digital education and media literacy for citizens of the information society

Uroš Polanc

Uroš has been involved in innovation, prototyping, networking and many other things since he was a child. He completed his studies in mechatronics. He is now the head of the Learning Production Laboratory at ŠCNG, which is a laboratory dedicated to networking, prototyping and learning.
He participates in various local and European projects, and also walks in business environment. He has extensive experience in mentoring, prototyping, working with young people, CNC machining, 3D modeling,

Luka Manojlovic

Luka Manojlovic is a technical enthusiast - a computer scientist who has been dealing with server and network infrastructure for more than 20 years.
He likes to share his knowledge with the participants of interactive workshops from various fields of information technologies.

Vesna Krebs

Vesna Krebs is a media artist and mentor who works both at home and abroad. Vesna combines her love of technology and art through various workshops and performances for children.
In her pedagogical work, the emphasis is on creative audio-visual production with computer technologies, with which she encourages the younger population to think creatively and create with the help of modern technologies.

Alojz Černe

Alojz has an excellent working knowledge of IT, is a highly experienced developer and system designer. His field of work is also on microservice platforms - development and deployment of services on these platforms. 30+ years of experience in international enterprise projects with larger systems, in finance, telco and retail sector.
In addition to this he is an outstanding Official Red Hat Instructor and Architect. He is a curious learner and eager to implement and share his newly obtained knowledge in practice.

Side events

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

Are you between 9 to 14 and eager to know more about computer programming? This workshop is for you! You will create, have fun and quickly acquire some coding skills. With just a handful of blocks and a few clicks, you can make a 'sprite' (character) dance, talk, or animate it in a variety of ways. In addition, the computer science concepts we will be using in Scratch for CS First can be applied to other advanced programming languages such as Python or Java.
Register, and participate in this activity and you will be able to:
  • 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 First
Date: Date: 8 October, 11:00, 14:00 -> click here to register !
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Creative Coding Workshop

Learn the basics of Python with imagiLabs' creative coding tools! Perfect for kids aged 9-15, this 1.5 hour workshop for beginners will take coders from lighting up one pixel at a time to making colourful animations.
Download the free imagiLabs app on your iOS or Android device to get started today. No imagiCharms needed -- come to the virtual workshop as you are!

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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Our Partners


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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