Unite-IT: Wanted: Digitally empowered Europeans!
This year Telecentre Europe’s Annual Conference (TEAC) under the tagline of Digitally empowered Europeans will take place in Belgrade on the 24-25th September at the Hyatt Regency Belgrade Hotel. International Aid Network in Serbia will host this 8th edition of our annual event. TEAC is a gathering of all organisations and persons interested in reducing the digital gap. Participants are professionals and policy makers working in the area of digital inclusion, digital skills training, online participation and citizenship. More than 100 representatives of NGOs and non-profits, researchers and academics, training providers, educators and EU/national policy makers from all over Europe will come to Belgrade to discuss challenges and good practices, and to debate and to network with others in the field.
Day 1 (Thursday 24th September) will be focused on policy and good practice. The UNITE-IT project and platform leaders will moderate a series of simultaneous workshops on the digital inclusion of vulnerable groups, the education and training of digital skills, the relation between ICT and youth employability and the importance of gender balance in the ICT and STEM fields.
Day 2 (Friday, 25th September) will provide an in-depth discussion on sustainability and future of telecentre and digital inclusion organisations. It will also provide a forum to discover the topic of e-Participation and active citizenship.
The highlight of the conference is the UNITE-IT annual award ceremony and dinner, in order to award best practice in the area of digital inclusion, such as:
- Collection of RESOURCES (e.g. learning materials, handbooks, training curricula)
- GOOD PRACTICE and/or national or regional POLICIES in the field of digital inclusion
All individuals and organisations that are Unite-IT community members are encouraged to apply. Submission is done through the UniteIT portal and entries are accepted until 21 August 2015.
EVERYONE GETS AN AWARD!
Everyone who submits at least ONE digital inclusion resource, good practice or policy, which gets approved by the Unite-IT team, will be entitled for FREE accommodation at the 3rd Unite-IT ‘Digital Empowerment – All Inclusive’ Conference (TEAC)
During the Gala Dinner on 24th September special award statues will be handed out to the winners for the best materials in 4 categories:
1. Education, training, and certification
2. Youth employability
3. Vulnerable groups at risk of exclusion
4. Gender equality.
Winners in these 4 categories – in addition to free accommodation – will win a TRAVEL GRANT up to 300 EUR to contribute to their travel expenses to Serbia.
HOW TO SUBMIT PRACTICE, POLICY OR RESOURCE
On the Unite-IT network portal go to DATABASE and click on SUBMIT PRACTICE, POLICY OR RESOURCE. All materials submitted after the last year annual conference (25-26th September 2014) until 21st AUGUST 2015 will be evaluated and participate in the award competition. A comprehensive summary and keywords need to be provided in English, a more detailed description and resource materials may be provided in any other languages.
Hashtags: #TEAC15 ; #eParticipation ; #UniteIT15
Blogging space: http://www.unite-it.eu
Event website: http://teannualconference2015.info/