Telecentre Europe Newsletter July 2015
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TEAC 2015: Digitally Empowered Europeans!

Registration is now open for anyone interested to participate at the 8th Telecentre Europe's Annual Conference (aka TEAC) on 24-25 September. Our Serbian member, the International Aid Network, will host our annual event at Hyatt Regency Belgrade hotel. The highlight of TEAC will be Unite-IT annual award ceremony and dinner, in order to award best practices in digital inclusion. REGISTER HERE

Extra-ordinary General Assembly on Sept 24

Telecentre Europe will hold an extra-ordinary General Assembly on September 24, 2015, at 16:00, following the first day of the Annual Conference in Belgrade. All official member organizations are invited to attend this meeting and register. MORE DETAILS

News on EU projects and campaigns

Coalition for Digital Jobs Launched in Portugal

Following the launch of 4 new national coalitions, Telecentre Europe’s member in Portugal Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) has just kicked-off the Portuguese Coalition for Digital Jobs. Previously the Dutch member ECP has also build their National Coalition in the Netherlands. Eight coalitions have now been set up by TE’s member organisations. READ ON

I-LINC Project Partners Meet in Madrid

The 2nd meeting of the I-LINC project consortium was organized in Madrid earlier in June, bringing together partners from TelefonicaTechnical University of DortmundEuropean SchoolNet andTelecentre Europe. The I-LINC platform will be the meeting point for stakeholders on youth employability. The platform will go live end of July 2015 so stay tuned! READ MORE

Get Ready: Next GOW on 14-20 March in 2016!

The next edition of European Get Online Week will be running from 14 to 20 of March next year. European GOW campaign aims at getting people online and digitally competent. The campaign is organised by Telecentre Europe and its members every year since 2010. Follow updates on:

Competition on e-Participation Stories is on!

We are looking for entries for the online competition “My e-Participation Story” run by e-UROPa project partners. The international competition, available in 12 languages, aims to collect personal stories of citizens who have used EU or national e-Participation tools to influence policy-making. Have you ever reached out to an EU institution or signed a petition? LET US KNOW!

Interview with Rita Goberė @ Fit4jobs LT

Earlier in June we talked with Rita Goberė who is the Training and Education Officer of Fit4jobs in Lithuania. Rita revealed us how the project is seen by local companies, students and trainers and also what trainings look like. Governmental institutions working with youth employment have also expressed their interest in the future of Fit4Jobs. READ INTERVIEW

Submit a Good Practice, Win a Trip to Belgrade

Unite-IT calls for another round of good practices in the field of digital inclusion. Everyone who submits at least ONE digital inclusion resource, good practice or policy, which gets approved, will be entitled for FREE accommodation at the Unite-IT conference in Belgrade on 24-25 September. The best submissions will also win a travel grant! HOW TO WIN

33 Nationalities Will Read Unite-IT Brochure!

Unite-IT developed its second brochure which provides an overview of the activities and events implemented by the Unite-IT project consortium as well as the figures on the current trends related to digital inclusion in Europe. The good news is that the brochure is now available in 33 languages. CHECK YOUR VERSION


TE Joins European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning

On 15th of June Telecentre Europe officially became a member of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning, EUCIS-LLL. The day after, during the EUCIS-LLL annual conference, Masha Tarle presented TE’s running projects on digital skills and employability: I-LINC and Fit4jobs. READ ON

New projects

Code Your Future Selects 10 Partners

Telecentre Europe starts a new campaign organized in telecentres to introduce coding to young people and children, especially those from disadvantaged communities. 10 partners in 9 EU countries will engage in TE's first coding campaign supported by Microsoft. Promoting coding skills in Europe is part of the solution to youth unemployment. LEARN MORE

Stakeholder events

DA15: Discussing Fundamental Digital Rights

Digital Assembly 2015 in Riga attracted over 500 stakeholders to debate on digital priorities on 17-18 June. Telecentre Europe and its Board members were actively participating in workshops and discussion tables. TE's Managing Director Gabriel Rissola advanced a discussion at the workshop about e-society highlighting the importance of digital literacy. WATCH VIDEO HERE

Moving Towards Participatory Democracy

On June 16 Telecentre Europe was at the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) conference in Brussels. ECI is considered an important EU agenda setting tool that allows European citizens to participate in the development of EU policies. Discussions led to the conclusion that digital inclusion is an important aspect of ECI as well as the basis for participatory democracy. READ ON

Members news & activities

New Libraries Project by Tinder Foundation

Tinder Foundation has secured funding from the Public Libraries 2020 scheme, to raise the profile on a national and European level of the important role libraries play in communities to tackle digital inclusion. Tinder Foundation will be working with MPs in the UK to hold digital surgeries in libraries, and promoting libraries to European MEPs, and they hope to work closely with friends at Telecentres to do this. READ MORE

Rewarding Education & Social Inclusion Projects in Rome

During the VII edition of the Global Junior Challenge, the international contest rewarding the most innovative projects for the 21st century Education and Social Inclusion, Rome will be hosting the Smart & Heart Cities Initiative. From the International Hackathon for civic innovation to the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum. The event is promoted by Fondazione Mondo Digitale. READ MORE

Punt TIC and Prison: Growing up with Robots

The Punt TIC Network and the Department of Justice of the Generalitat de Catalunya organized on June 4th the conference Punt TIC and Prison: Growing up with robots. The conference has highlighted some educational robotics experiences. The most important thing was to evaluate the chances of using this kind of tech in the socio-educational field of prisons and on the community level. MORE IN ENGLISH or SPANISH

e-Facilitators' Summer School in Croatia

Last month TE's Croatian member Telecentar hosted the first of its kind International e-Facilitators' Summer School. 27 participants from Croatia, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Ireland and Spain gathered for a weeklong learning experience on media literacy. Eight kids also joined the training and created photo, audio and video. MORE HERE

Trans e-Scouts Project Piloting in Lithuania

Piloting stage of the Trans e-Scouts project has been accomplished in Vilnius, Lithuania. TE's member Langas į ateitį, who is a project partner, delivered a welcoming speech for the training participants and congratulated them with certificates and a special cake. CHECK PHOTOS

Latest research

Report on eGovernment Services in the EU

A new study on eGovernment services shows that the users are still asked to fill forms with information already available to the administration. Only 57% of the public services are available to cross-border businesses and only 41% to other EU citizens across the border. 73% of the public services websites do not have a mobile-friendly version. HAVE A LOOK

Other picks

Digital Europe Needs Digital Skills: Infographic

Check this infographic reflecting major stats on digital skills and technologies relevant for Europeans.

Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2015: Video

Digital society is made of digitally-skilled citizens. But 40% of Europeans don't have basic digital skills. Europe needs more digitally skilled workers too: 32% of workers have low digital skills. VIDEO

Libraries Change Lives: Website

This website has collected 44 videos from 21 libraries across 15 EU countries that capture the innovative drive of public libraries, inspiring stories from library users and librarians, and politicians' testimonials:


July 7-8:
CAPS 2015: Networked Social Responsibility

July 9:
Policy Debate “Validation of learning outcomes: opportunities and threats for non-formal education”

July 9:
European Conference on Social Media for Teaching and Learning | Portugal

July 27:
The Festival of Code 2015 | Around the world

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