ICT and web entrepreneurs have an enormous, recognised yet untapped potential of boosting the digital economy and transforming today’s society. Top job creators, key in the economic recovery, they deserve a favourable environment to develop innovative ideas starting up and flourish in Europe.
In their everyday life online, citizens have to decide regularly between their need to protect themselves against malicious behaviour online and – at the same time – their need to make best use of their time online and to profit from opportunities presented by online services. The same considerations apply for governments and service providers who want to make sure users and the internet infrastructures are well-protected against online threats.
Cloud computing, big data, internet of things and most future applications are likely to be extremely bandwidth-hungry. The workshop will explore the role of cloud providers in creating demand for high speed broadband and increasing incentives to upgrade local access infrastructure. The discussion will also present the experiences of cloud providers in collaborating with telecommunication operators in order to guarantee minimum service performance.
Innovation is widely considered a primary driver of economic growth. The new EU programme for research and innovation – Horizon2020 – is conceived to make a stronger push for innovation as contributor to growth and jobs in Europe.
A number of European policies in the area of internal market, such as cross-border delivery, payments, intellectual property and consumer protection, aim to encourage both businesses and consumers to engage in online transactions. Against this background, we will examine real experiences of small and medium sized companies who have set up an online presence or consider doing it.
The EU Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs aims at meeting the requirements of the future workforce and addressing the digital skills gap. Workshop 1 will discuss ICT training and innovative teaching & learning.