On 6 December, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and guests will discuss the need for advanced skills for societal breakthroughs. The discussion is part of the ICT 2018 conference. At the plenary, Commissioner Gabriel will also hand out the European Digital Skills Awards 2018 to five distinguished digital skills projects who will also exhibit their projects together with all runner-ups. A networking session on the Digital Opportunity Traineeship initiative will also take place on 5 December.

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Mastering technology is one of the key tasks of our generation. Digital transformation advances at unprecedented speed and we can’t afford to stay aside. That is why the Commission has launched initiatives such as the Skills Agenda for Europe which includes the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition; the Digital Opportunity Traineeship (DOT) initiative and why it supports EU Code Week.

Major investments in areas such as High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity are needed to keep the EU at the forefront of innovation. To ensure that we can reap the benefits of these investments we also need people with advanced digital skills to develop, roll-out, and use these new technologies.

Therefore, the Commission’s proposal for the next EU budget includes the new Digital Europe Programme which will focus on supporting to the development of advanced digital skills.

Already now companies and students can benefit from the Digital Opportunity Traineeship programme where up to 6,000 students will work as trainees in a company in another country learning advanced digital skills.  To learn more join the DOT networking session on Wednesday 5 December at 11.30-12.15

Join Commissioner Gabriel at the Digital Skills plenary session on 6 December

The Europe's future is digital: Investing in people and advanced digital skills plenary session will be moderated by Katrina Sichel and will look at:

1. How to increase the availability of advanced digital skills to spur Europe's competitiveness and innovation uptake?

2. How to prepare young people for studies and careers that will include advanced digital skills?

3. How to promote life-long learning to support the development of advanced digital skills?


Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
Alessandro Bogliolo, University of Urbino, Italy; EU Code Week ambassador and member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board
Maarten Goos, Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Economics, Netherlands and Chair of the High-level Group on the Future of Work
Joanna Koper, Educational Foundation Perspektywy and winner of the European Digital Skills Awards 2017 with the project IT for She.
Ilkka Tuomi, Oy Meaning Processing Ltd, Finland

European Digital Skills Awards 2018

The European Digital Skills Awards aim to put the spotlight on projects which contribute to the development of digital skills in Europe and can be scaled-up and replicated in other cities, regions, countries and sectors. The best projects in five categories including initiatives targeting schools, the workforce, ICT specialists, girls and women and citizens have been selected and invited to exhibit their project at the ICT 2018 conference in Vienna as a reward. To learn more about the 24 outstanding finalists visit the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition stand at the ICT2018 exhibition and come to the Meet-up sessions that will take place on 5 December at 11.00-11.30, 13.00-14.30 and 16.00-16.30 as well as 6 December 11.00-11.30 at the stand.

Register here for the ICT2018 conference that takes place from 4 to 6 December 2018 in Vienna.