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  • EU Code Week launches hackathons for teenagers in six countries
    on March 11, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    In 2021, EU Code Week brings six extraordinary hackathons to Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Slovenia. In these countries, Code Week invites upper secondary school students to form teams and use their coding skills to solve a local challenge.

  • Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Community-led events launched in Austria, Belgium and Italy
    on March 11, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Hundreds of stakeholders have provided valuable insights to the National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalitions across Belgium, Italy and Austria through the first Community-led Events with more to follow in Czechia, Malta and Lithuania.

  • Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board celebrates 3 years of success with a stronger Coalition
    on March 11, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Throughout the mandate of the current Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (DSJC) Governing Board, the Coalition has achieved growth, consolidation and digital skills for millions of Europeans.

  • CONNECT University Online Session on “Women in cybersecurity”
    on March 1, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    Despite increased interest in the cybersecurity field, the gender gap persists. Women are still highly underrepresented among its ranks, while the majority of jobs are being filled primarily by men. The future of cybersecurity is influenced by its ability to attract, retain and promote more cyber professionals including more women. We need an interdisciplinary approach to reach high level of cybersecurity.

  • Pledge Viewer integrates new function for Pact for Skills
    on February 11, 2021 at 10:01 am

    The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition acknowledges pledger organisations who are also participating in the recently launched Pact for Skills.

  • EU Code Week organisers register over 72,000 activities for the second year in a row
    on February 9, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Despite the challenges that schools around Europe and the world faced in 2020, over 3.4 million students and teachers from 84 countries joined the EU Code Week initiative and took part in more than 72,000 coding activities. The next edition of EU Code Week will take place from 9 to 24 October 2021.

  • Universities, SMEs and researches join forces to deliver new Master courses in AI
    on January 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Europeans will soon have the opportunity to enjoy a brand new learning experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI). 4 networks of universities, SMEs and top researchers will offer new high-quality specialised Master programmes and courses in AI funded by the Connecting Europe Facility Telecom.

  • Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe at the end of 2019
    on December 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

    The study reviews 2019 retail prices of fixed and mobile broadband offers for consumers in the 27 EU States and the UK, Iceland, Norway, Japan, South Korea and the USA. For the first time, data for both fixed and mobile broadband offers was collected during the same monitoring period, from 7 to 20 October 2019.

  • I-DESI 2020: How digital is Europe compared to other major world economies?
    on December 17, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    EU countries outperform their global counterparts in terms of digital skills, from basic to advanced, but they consistently lag behind in the digitisation of public services, a newly published study shows. The International Digital Economy and Society Index (I-DESI) analyses how EU countries rank in terms of connectivity, digital skills, use of internet, integration of digital technology and digital public services in contrast with 18 other non-EU countries.

  • Digital economy: scoreboard shows women in Europe are less likely to work or be skilled in ICT
    on December 8, 2020 at 11:15 am

    The Commission has published the 2020 Women in Digital Scoreboard. Women have spearheaded innovation essential to the advancement of digital technology – from computer algorithms to programming. Yet, they are still less likely to have specialist digital skills and work in this field compared to men. Only when looking at the basic digital skills, the gender gap has narrowed, from 10.5% in 2015 to 7.7% in 2019.

  • Women in Digital Scoreboard 2020
    on December 8, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Women across Europe are less likely to have specialist digital skills and work in this field compared to men. According to the Commission’s 2020 Women in Digital (WiD) Scoreboard, only 18% of ICT specialists are women and the gender gap is present in all 12 indicators measured.

  • European Digital Skills and Jobs Platform: project team starts work
    on November 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

    The work on the European Digital Skills and Jobs Platform has started in September. The objective is to develop and manage a key tool for boosting digital skills in Europe. It will offer information, resources, overview of training and funding opportunities and a community space for networking and collaboration both on European and national level.

  • EU Code Week marks another successful edition with more online courses and activities
    on October 30, 2020 at 9:21 am

    EU Code Week took place this year from 10 to 25 October. Teachers, students, NGOs and tech companies in 83 countries participated in the grassroots initiative organising more than 69,000 activities as part of Code Week so far. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, this is at the same level as 2019.

  • Broadband Coverage in Europe 2019
    on October 16, 2020 at 7:31 am

    This study is designed to monitor the progress of EU Member States towards their specific broadband coverage objectives, namely “Universal Broadband Coverage with speeds at least 30 Mbps by 2020” and “50% of households should have broadband subscriptions of 100 Mbps or more by 2020”.

  • EU Code Week 2020 kicks off to promote skills for the digital future
    on October 6, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    The 8th edition of the European Code Week, a grass-roots initiative supported by the European Commission, which aims to make everyone familiar with coding and digital technologies in an entertaining and engaging way, opened on Thursday 8 October with an online event. From 10 to 25 October Code Week will feature lots of online activities and an original #CodeWeekDance challenge in which schools, teachers, libraries, businesses and many more, will have the opportunity to participate.

  • Check out what companies are doing to upskill Europeans with the Pledge Viewer Scoreboard
    on October 2, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Pledges made to the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition can now be better grouped and compared through a build-your-own scoreboard tool on the Pledge Viewer which looks at the absolute and relative impact of organisations and their pledges. With this new feature, the actions of those organisations who have worked hard to drive the development of digital skills in Europe will be more easily highlighted than before.

  • Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age
    on October 1, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    The Commission has adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe.

  • 2020 EU Code Week goes online
    on July 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The annual celebration of coding, computational thinking, creativity and innovative mindset is moving online. EU Code Week introduces virtual events to help teachers, parents, librarians and others to organise activities despite the pandemic. They can now register online activities as part of the Code Week. Physical events can still be registered as well, as long as they are allowed.

  • Artificial Intelligence: first quantitative study of its kind finds uptake by businesses across Europe is on the rise
    on July 28, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The European Commission has published the first quantitative overview on the uptake of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies among European enterprises. This study will help monitor the adoption of AI in Member States and further assess the challenges faced by enterprises, for their internal organisation and externally.

  • European enterprise survey on the use of technologies based on artificial intelligence
    on July 28, 2020 at 9:30 am

    This study was carried out by Ipsos for the European Commission. It has found that 42% of enterprises currently use at least one AI technology, a quarter of them use at least two types, and 18% have plans to adopt AI technologies in the next two years. Three key internal barriers to AI adoption are difficulties in hiring new staff with the right skills (57%), the cost of adoption (52%) and the cost of adapting operational processes (49%).

  • Have a say on the future of digital education in Europe
    on June 26, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    The European Commission has launched a formal Public Consultation on the new Digital Education Action Plan.

  • Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2020
    on June 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

    The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries in their digital competitiveness.

  • EU Code Week presents [email protected] videos: a playful introduction to computational thinking
    on June 11, 2020 at 8:33 am

    EU Code Week has just launched a series of videos to help kids and parents learn basic computational thinking concepts while having fun together. The videos target everyone with a curious mind above 5 years old and are available in 29 languages.

  • New Commission report shows the importance of digital resilience in times of crisis
    on June 10, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    The Commission has released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

  • 8 National coalitions for digital skills and jobs will receive funding from the Connecting Europe Facility Telecom
    on June 8, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    National Digital Skills and Jobs Coalitions from 8 European countries will receive in total more than €900.000 to upgrade their web presence and connect to the European Platform for Digital Skills and Jobs.

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