Employee at Langas į ateitį (Window to the future) She is responsible, ambitious, communicative. She is interested in digital media, information technologies, sensitive for unsafe Internet using problems. During GOW17 some trainings will be held in schools and Youth Job Centers, the main activities being: Personal Image training, Cybersecurity training, Brain fight workshop. She will talk about Get Online Week and cybersecurity to kids in elementary schools. She will conduct Personal Image workshops for the Court staff (for people who already have jobs, but must be aware of their image in social media). After the training a short "brain fight" about social media, IT and Internet security has been planned. Altogether, there would be 7-8 different audiences, 7-8 sessions.
CZECHIA: Vera Mikusova
Chairwoman of the AFCEA student club at the Police Academy in Prague
She is also involved in the coordination of the Youth panel of the Czech Safer Internet Centre. As such she contributes remarkably to the efforts of making positive social change in the ICT field when working with young people raising awareness about safer use of the Internet and mobile technologies and also struggling against the illegal online content.
Vera invited young people of a secondary school (SPSS) in Prague to attend the workshop dedicated to the GOW 2017 topics with the main focus on and promotion of the employment, entrepreneurship and safe use of online technologies. The course will start with the introduction of tools to measure the individual skills (Skillage, Online Collaboration Skills Barometer, Digital competencies test, etc.). The attention will be given also to cyber safety and the security threats endangering education and jobs. Attendees of the workshop will be invited to register on I-LINC platform to strengthen their knowledge in the area of ICT and to get familiar with the resources available on the i-LINC platform. The resources will be presented during the training course with the objective to empower attendees to use them during workshops which are already organized by the students of the SPSS for pupils of the elementary and secondary schools in Prague.
ROMANIA: Mihai Macarie
College student from Vulcan, Romania
Mihai has proven that with the right effort and dedication one can make a difference in its own life and in the life of others. He was the national winner of the Microsoft Office World Championship national finals and represented Romania at the worldwide competition in the USA. Mihai has continued to push for high quality ICT experiences in his schools and in his community. He has set up a club in his own school – The National College Mihai Eminescu to help other interested students with using Office applications, gaining world recognised certifications and improving their skills and knowledge.
Mihai is also involved with the national Cisco NetAcad Competition; he participates in and supporting projects in robotics, electronics, and aeronautics.
He will contribute to GOW17 with the following events: one-hour Microsoft Word training sessions for students of his high school. He will organise at least five one-hour workshops to get his peers to take the Skillage test and check their employability level. He will encourage all high school students to take it. In partnership with a teacher in the school he will also be demonstrating the Microsoft Educator Community benefits to the teaching staff.
LUXEMBOURG: Lucien André Reuter
Project manager at House of Training
He holds a bachelor of science degree in Informatics and also the ITIL Foundation Certification. Beside his full time job as Project Manager, he is currently completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at ISEC – Hochschule der Wirtschaft. He also runs trainings in the IT field as well as helps friends to gain basic programming skills.
As the project manager of the National coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs, Lucien is the driving force who plans, among other things, events and partnerships. At the moment he is planning to use their social media channels to talk with the partners of the Coalition about the Get Online Week. He will host a CMS (WordPress) course for teachers to show them how, with their students, they can make first webpages without programming knowledge. In October, he will conduct a workshop within a Cybersecurity Week in Luxembourg.
He is also part of an FSE project, which targets young people right after school or who quit school, to offer help with assessment, HR and planning courses in different domains such as an IT Bootcamp.
GREECE: Nefely Kamea Third-year student of Mechanical Engineering at Technological Education TEI of Thessaly
For the last six years she has participated in the organization of MUN (Model United Nations) in Athens. During high school years, she was a member of the team that published an online newsletter. Since then, she has submitted a few articles to online media. Now she is responsible for the online publicity of the DAISSy research group. She has participated as a digital changemaker in the I-LINC project. She also volunteers at an organization that cares for stray animals in the city of Larissa. In this context, she has organized various events, implementing acitivities such as poster design, online community management and online promotion.
During GOW17, a three-hour training seminar will be organized in collaboration with TEI of Thessaly, in Larissa, Greece. The course is aimed mostly at undergraduate university students, but participation will be open. The training programme will contain talks by Nefely Kamea, Panos Fitsilis and Vassilis Gerogiannis (the latter two are professors at TEI of Thessaly). Indicative topics: Using ICT / social media, To know and present oneself, analyze social media characteristics, Networking, Searching for jobs on social media.
POLAND: Karolina Walecka
Employee at Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI)
Since 2009, Karolina has been actively involved in supporting her local community in Stoczek Lukowski. She established a local NGO, won an Orange Studios contest and created a vibrant multimedia lab. Last year during GOW16 Karolina successfully conducted a number of workshops for more than 60 young people. Karolina encouraged participants to learn English and coding and to create their own robots someday.
Her activities planned for GOW2017 are not limited to just one week as they would be conducted for the entire year. Children, youth and adults should be fully aware of opportunities created by the Internet. Within GOW17 Karolina is going to organise workshops for lower- and upper- secondary school students about their planning their professional future on the labour market. They will be looking for answers for questions like: What is worth to study? What is worth to learn on your own? How Internet resources might help in this? During the workshops with youth they will do Skillage tests to collect the feedback about their level of readiness for entering the labour market. In addition, Karolina will also have a meeting with 18-19 year-old girls who are planning their professional future and choosing the field of study. She would like to convince them that the world of ICT is not only for men and ICT skills are more and more important on the labour market.
GERMANY: Sophie Dietz
Sophie represents a group of 10 students of Rehabilitation Science at Technical University of Dortmund
The students are interested in digital inclusion and its utilization in their future everyday professional life. During GOW17 the group will offer 30+ courses on varying topics reaching more than 300 marginalised people. The most innovative course of this year will be a course titled "Finding a job after prison" for young prisoners who will learn to search for jobs and accommodation online. Young people do not have access to the Internet in jail but need to be able to navigate the digital world in order to start a life after their sentence. This course, which will be given directly at the university, will provide them with this opportunity.
SPAIN: Christian Moreno
Employee at a Telecentre of the Extremadura's region Telecentre Network
Christian is highly motivated to encourage the use of technologies among both citizens and companies. He has worked at a Telecentre of the Extremadura's region Telecentre Network for more than 3 years. He is working in line with the Digital Literacy Plan of Extremadura; that is an initiative giving solution to the territory needs in terms of Information Society promotion. The Telecentre is a reference place where users go to learn job seeking methods; it provides access to different ICT training actions, promotes the digital culture and is trying to build a sense of community and a cooperation environment where technological and social innovation can flow freely. Cristian also helps SMEs to adopt technologies in the value chain of the companies as an essential issue to increase their productivity.
Within the GOW17, Christian will organise a workshop entitled "Aprende a Emprender" (Resources for entrepreneurship) for young people in vocational training. The objective is to let them know about the available public resources when developing a business idea. Different professionals from public and non-public entities will participate.
ITALY: Charles Antony Nkotpak Vounteer at Youngle Project
The aim of the Youngle project is to realize online and face-to-face activities for promoting the wellness in school and in nightlife and social networks. Charles is a peer educator and he manages different social network profiles and engages peers in chat conversations. During this activities he improve his soft skill, digital skill and techinal skill about addiction prevention strategies.
During the Get Online Week, Charles will organise a workshop 'Young People Work Online'. Digitalisation is changing the world of work, it has open the ground for new form of work organization. In addition, it is reducing demand for routine and manual tasks while increasing demand for low and high skilled tasks and for problem-solving and interpersonal competences. During the workshop young people will try to understand these changes and analize the mistakes, as well as learn the best practices of some testimonials (digital makers, social media marketing, bloggers and social influencers).
GERMANY: Julia Ackermann
University student at the Technical University of Dortmund
Julia is a newcomer to the role of eFacilitator. However, during this past year or two, she became very interested in the subjects of online safety and basic digital skills. Her efforts culminated during the GOW17, when she taught courses to parents providing them with the skills to educate their children about risks and negative aspects of using mobile phones, tablets and other digital media. She also began teaching seniors who have problems in the use of digital technologies in daily life. Strongly believing in digital inclusion she has since continued to work against the digital divide.
ALL DIGITAL project intern
Having studied political science and law, Konstantina has also pursued her interest in technology in particular from the point of view of citizens' digital rights. In the past, she has been actively involved in youth activities as the board member of European Students' Forum or a member of European Law Students' Association. She has combined all these interests when she joined ALL DIGITAL in early 2017 to work on the I-LINC project. Here she has been enthusiastically working with the young digital changemakers and has led their contribution to the project.
HOW WERE THEY NOMINATED?
Each National Partner organisation could nominate only one person from their country. For nomination, a national partner and your selected candidate needed to fill in THIS FORM.
- Only young people, nominated by national partners before 28th February, and demonstrating the ability and willingness to fulfil the challenge requirements in the nomination form, enter the challenge
- All nominees, who fulfil the challenge requirements, receive recognition and certificates
- The first 10 nominees, who fulfil the above outlined activities, also receive a financial grant for their work.
- Young people who receive travel grants to participate in the conference can be different than the ones to receive the financial grants
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR THE WINNERS?
- Feature as a young digital changemaker on the I-LINC and UNITE-IT websites, recognition on the GOW website and in the GOW final report
- Financial grant of EUR 1 000 for their work
- Certificate recognizing them as selected I-LINC Digital Changemakers
- Travel grant to participate as an exceptional young I-LINC Digital Changemaker at a Telecentre Europe annual conference in Barcelona, Spain, in early October 2017 to the best THREE performers, who engage the largest numbers of users on the I-LINC platform
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