Filling the jobs of today and tomorrow with new approaches to training and education

8:00 - 8:45 - Registration and welcome coffee

Morning session: Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

9:00 - Update on current Grand Coalition's pledges and presentation of new pledges

Chair: Megan Richards, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Speech: Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee break

11:00 - Feedback from online discussions, Dr. Katarzyna Szkuta, Associate / Policy Analyst, Tech4i2

11:05 - Training and Matching for Digital Jobs

Chair: Paul Andre Baran, Digital Champion of Romania

Agent Provocatrice: Linda Liukas, Digital Champion of Finland


  • Elizabeth Bacon, Professor, Dean of the School of Computing and Mathematical Science, Greenwich Campus London
  • Maria Gabriela Cattaneo, Associate Vice President, IDC European Government Consulting
  • Manus Hanratty, Director, Fast Track to IT
  • John Higgins, Director General, Digital Europe
  • Rosanna Nazir, Founder, World Smart College

12:30  - 14:00 - Lunch break

Afternoon session: Opening-up education

14:00 - Ice breaking activity: Coding by Future Creators, and presentation by Essa Academy; feedback from online discussions by K. Szkuta

14:30 - Visions of technology as enabler of future education

Chair: Lord David Puttnam, Digital Champion of Ireland, Chancellor of Open University, UK

Agent Provocateurs:

  • Ieva Jonaityte, Young Advisor of VP Neelie Kroes, Institute of Robotics, partner for Lego Education, YA Lithuania
  • Mercedes Díaz Sánchez, Young Advisor of VP Neelie Kroes, Greenlight for Girls and Women 2020, Belgium


15h30 - 15:45 - Coffee break

15:45 - Opening up education - World Cafe session

17:00 - Workshop closed

Plenary Advocate: Young Advisor of VP Neelie Kroes, Julie Cullen, St. Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Ireland

17:00 - 19:00 - Social reception, Dublin Castle