970,000 participants, 50 countries, 23,000 events – these multi-digit figures demonstrate the success of the 2016 edition of EU Code Week. From schoolchildren to entrepreneurs, to policymakers, almost a million people took part in events to expand their digital skills by learning to code. One of the most positive aspects was that 46% of the participants were women and that the average age of a participant was 11. European Commission Vice-President for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, praised the initiative, adding that “confidence and creativity in using digital technologies are essential for everyone to participate fully in our digital society”.
EU Code Week is a grassroots movement which aims to show that anyone can code and to encourage more people to learn computational thinking. The next - 5th anniversary - edition of the EU Code Week is already in preparation. It will take place from 7th to 22nd October 2017.