ICT 2015 offers more than just an entrance ticket to interested young people. Motivated and engaged students, PhD students, young researchers, and young innovators and/or entrepreneurs are welcome to apply and represent their peers at this event in Lisbon.

Selected candidates will be offered:

  • Facilitated exchanges and mentoring meetings with experienced researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurs;
  • Demonstration of ongoing ICT research projects, initiatives and activities;
  • Online and remote engagement via the ICT2015 online platform, @ICT2015eu  #ICT2015 Twitter and the network of young students, researchers and innovators;
  • Travel and accomodation (flights or train tickets within Europe and accommodation in a nearby hotel; entrance, food and drinks at the event are free).

Students, researchers & innovators will be able to interact, communicate, participate and discuss at the ICT 2015 event. They will be grouped based on their background and interests. Each group will be given different tasks to perform during the event. Some examples are:

  1. Interviewing participants - this can range from researchers, ICT professionals, industry representatives, policy makers and more;
  2. Actively participating in the conference and/or networking sessions;
  3. Reflecting on the EU's ICT policies (Are major issues properly addressed? Where should the EU do more? What could be done differently?);
  4. Reporting on the conference/ networking sessions and other organized events during ICT 2015 (e.g. by writing a blog post or a report that will then be published on the website);
  5. Identifying EU-funded ICT projects that are relevant for students and their studies but also for young researchers & innovators;
  6. Making use of social media to share with the world the impressions of the event (blog, tweet, hackathon, post updates on FB, or simply using the medium that suits best);
  7. Selecting the best Exhibition stands that will then be awarded.

The following criteria are of interest to interested students, young researchers & innovators that want to participate. Please have a look at them and see if you are eligible to apply.

Selection criteria

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Age: up to 30 years old;
  • Be a national of an EU Member State or one of the associated countries of the Horizon 2020 programme;
  • Have at least secondary school level (if young innovator);
  • Be enrolled at a university/research institute based in the EU or one of the associated countries and/or a strong interest in ICT;
  • Good command/proficient in spoken and written English.

Award criteria

Motivation will be the main factor that will determine whether an applicant will be selected or not. Based on that, the selection board will try to put together a group of people with the utmost variety of interests and skills, so that ICT can be highlighted from as many angles as possible. This means that a secondary school level student will have as much chance of being selected as a PhD student, since they both would offer a different yet valuable view on ICT-related matters and issues.

Expected outcome of participation

First of all, we hope that the participation at the ICT 2015 event will be a very valuable experience for young people with regard to their personal expectations but may also help them to guide their professional orientations, decisions and experiences!

At the end of the ICT 2015 experience, we will come back to the selected participants asking them for feedback on a variety of issues such as:

  • What is their main takeaway from ICT 2015, and what are the 3 things that impressed them the most at ICT 2015?
  • How did the ICT2015 meet their expectations?
  • What benefit(s) did they get from ICT 2015?
  • Their opinion as to whether the EU does enough to stimulate Research & Innovation in ICT, and to encourage students, young researchers and young people in general to pursue a career in ICT;
  • How to attract young people to acquire digital skills?
  • Which ICT issues are well addressed by the EU, and which need to be better addressed?
  • Is there any EU-funded ICT project that was present at ICT 2015 (exhibition or other) that they would potentially like to know more about and that they would like to contact and/or work with?
  • After the ICT2015 experience, how would they promote EU-ICT activities within their contacts/friends/university professors?
  • And last but not least, suggestions for improvements for the next ICT event.
ICT 2015 - Lisbon - 20-22 October 2015