EU Code Week 2020 kicks off to promote skills for the digital future

The 8th edition of the European Code Week, a grass-roots initiative supported by the EuropeanCommission, which aims to make everyone familiar with coding and digital technologies in an entertaining and engaging way, will open on Thursday 8 October with an online event. From 10 to 25October Code Week will feature lots of online activities and an original #CodeWeekDance challenge inwhich schools, teachers, libraries, businesses and many more, will have the opportunity toparticipate. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel,said: “I am delighted to be working again with EU Code Week, which inspires people of all ages tolearn about programming, computers and many technology activities. Although this year we had tomove all events online due to the circumstances, our ambition is not lessened: we aim to reachmillions of people across Europe to help them get acquainted with technology, acquire the right skillsand be empowered through digital learning.” Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton,said: “EU Code Week has given millions of people a brilliant opportunity to learn or teach others howto code by creating their own game or application, digging into robotics or learning how algorithmsshape the world around us. It is a great initiative that helps everybody to enhance their digital skills,thrive at school and work and change their lives towards a better digital decade.” Last year, 4.2million people in over 80 countries worldwide participated in EU Code Week (see here). Moreinformation about this year’s Code Week is available here. The online kick-off event will be live-streamed on its Facebook page and YouTube channel.