Europe Code Week later this year will be an opportunity for citizens of all ages and backgrounds to boost their ‘digital literacy’.

In 2016 nearly one million people, from across 50 countries, participated in the grassroots initiative, which ‘celebrates creating with code’.

“The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. The initiative was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for the Digital Agenda Europe,” the event’s website states.

And there are lots of ways to get involved, including organising and attending events. There is also a toolkit for organisers keen to maximise the impact of their messages.

“From the beginning of time we did many things using stone, iron, paper and pencil that have transformed our lives. Now we live in a different era where our world is moulded in code. Different eras have different jobs and skills demand. During Code Week we want to give every European the opportunity to discover coding and have fun with it. Let’s learn coding to shape our future,” said Alessandro Bogliolo, coordinator of the EU Code Week team of 90 volunteers.

EU Code Week 2018 will run from 6 to 21 October.

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