Get Online Week 2012 launched!

The Launch event of Get Online Week 2012 was a big success. The event took place in the context of Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign of on International Women’s Day March 8 at Telecentre-Europe AISBL‘s headquarters in Brussels and was hosted by our Belgian member organization Interface3, a telecentre network run by women for women.

Commissioner Neelie Kroes, EC Vice President and in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe opened the event with a speech, adressing the role of women in ICT for empowerment, employment and growth.

Laure Lemaire, Director of the hosting organisation Interface3 highlighted the role telecentres play in creating tools that can help policy makers to have a better understanding of ICT skill levels of young people across Europe.

Ian Clifford, Deputy Chair of Telecentre-Europe, underlined that in a time were youth unemployment is extremely high, supporting young people is the key to unlocking economic challenges: A number of studies have highlighted the shortcomings in young peoples’ ICT skills for the modern workplace, which will be necessary for 90% of jobs in the near future”.

After, an interactive, participatory workshop session took place with demonstrations of Skillage (lead by Telecentre-Europe) and Internet buttons (lead by Tori Flower from  Liberty Global) and creative methodologies (lead by Cheryl Miller from Greenlight for Girls and Melodie Imbach from Interface3) used by digital inclusion practitioners to engage and empower users.

Then Ian Clifford (Telecentre-Europe) moderated a round table discussion with Linda Coregudo Steneberg (European Commission), MEPs Silvia-Adriana Ţicau (Romania), Edit Herczog (Hungary), industry & government representatives Genevieve Bell (Intel), Sylvie Laffarge (Microsoft), Alexandre Arens (SPF Justice), telecentre network representatives Gabriela Barna (EOS, Romania), Ekaterina Fedotova (PH, Russia) and Laure Lemaire (Interface3, Belgium), together with Felicitas Sauerbrei, participant of greenlight for girls and Isabelle Van Campenhoudt (ex-trainee of Interface3 and now Data & Bi Branch Manager at ICT7).

At the end of the event, the Get Online Week counter was launched by MEPs Silvia-Adriana Ţicau (Romania) and Edit Herczog (Hungary).

» View the press release of the launch event
» Foto: view the best pictures of the launch event
» Video: Neelie Kroes applauds the digital heroes of European telecentres (4min6s) by Liberty GlobalNeelie Kroes at the launch event (3min) by EbS | Recorded live streaminginterview with CNN on more women in IT | video of last year’s Get Online Week launch event
» Neelie Kroes’ blogposts: Get Online Week across EuropeGOW12 Launch event opening speech | Round-up of International Women’s day 2012 | Putting “girl power” into technology (October 5th, 2011)