Coding is the 21st Century skill. Coding enhances creativity, teaches young people to cooperate, to work together across physical and geographical boundaries and to communicate in a universal language.
$10,000 is up for grabs for the best ideas on overcoming the current barriers and innovative new business models and policies related to information and communications technology (ICT) enabled growth and jobs in the EU. The Commission is crowdsoucing information and novel ideas in this field to update and follow up on the Digital Agenda Europe.
A study carried out by the European Commission has shown that bringing more women into digital jobs could create a €9 billion annual GDP boost in the EU. Policy change is especially needed because of an alarming drop in ICT female graduates (today only 29 out of every 1000 female graduate has a computing or related degree, and only 4 go on to work in ICT directly)
The young ambassadors will contribute to the event in different roles:
Session reporters will be following selected conference sessions and write summaries of the highlights, which will be published on the blog;
Conference highlighters will follow the conference and report online; Exhibition watchers will highlight the most attractive exhibits; Social media managers will help to coordinate the information and content produced by different ambassadors. Deadline Wednesday 5th June 2013, 16:00 CET.
Individual students or small groups (max 5) can submit ICT research projects to showcase at the ICT 2013 event in Vilnius. The projects can be submited in 8 categories, which reflect the orientations of the ICT research in the next European research framework programme, Horizon 2020. Deadline Wednesday 5th June 2013, 16:00 CET.