Launch of the European Digital Skills Awards 2017

The European Commission is launching the second European Digital Skills Awards.
Companies and other organizations are invited to submit projects they have implemented to improve digital skills in Europe for the awards.

The best 4 projects designed at improving the digital skills of citizens, the labour force, ICT professional and in education will receive an award.
A fifth award will go to the best project which also address the needs of women and girls.

More information can be found here.

The application form.

“Computer Days 2017” took place at Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University

The bi-annual event “Computer Days 2017” (“Kompiuterininkų dienos 2017”), organized by Lithuanian Computer Society (LIKS) took place on 21-22 September at Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University. One of the key partners of the event this year was the National Digital Coalition.

IT news in Lithuania and Europe were presented at the plenary session of conference.

After greetings from the dean of the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University and the representative of the Kaunas municipality, vice-minister of Education and Science Gražvydas Kazakevičius spoke about the influence of the changing world on education and the challenges for our country.

Head of the Information Society Development Division of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Dr. Aušra Kumetaitienė presented the project of the renewed programme “Digital Agenda for Lithuania”, which will be approved by the end of this year.

Information Society Development Programme “2014-2020 Digital Agenda for Lithuania” was approved in 2014, but it was decided to review and update it in light of current issues. Several working groups were set up for this purpose. The members of the National Digital Coalition formed one of the working groups that have made proposals for updating the goals and problems of the Objective 1 of this program.

“Digital Europe” representative Katarzyna Kozioł spoke about the goals and activities of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, highlighted the lack of digital skills and ICT professionals in Europe, and what initiatives and actions the European Commission is taking to address these issues. She also spoke about National Coalitions created in other countries.

Loreta Križinauskienė, Director of the Association “Langas į ateitį”, provided information on the National Digital Coalition in Lithuania, the reasons why this coalition was created, as well as its goals and objectives.

Digital Champion of Lithuania Dr. Renata Danielienė provided information on the place Lithuania occupies in Europe according to the level of digital skills of all Lithuanian residents and labor market participants based on the statistics of the DESI (Digital Economy and Society Index).

Representative of the Ministry of Education and Science dr. Vaino Brazdeikis introduced the “The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens DigComp 2.0” translated in Lithuanian.

Monika Simaškaitė, a representative of “Infobalt”, spoke about the need for IT specialists in Lithuania.

“Danske Bank” representative Dr. Vytautas Ašeris introduced the report “Chasing Gen Z. How to inspire learning?”

“Smart Factory” representative Domantas Ozerenskis presented the report “Challenges of 3D Printing Technology in the Perspective of Computer Sciences”.

On the second day of the event, training sessions in the sections of the conference for IT and primary school teachers, students and anyone interested took place. During the seminars, the lecturers spoke about e-security, its importance, social engineering, potential threats on the Internet, design rules for creating presentations, 3D printing for science and industry, etc.

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Computer Days – 2017

LIKS logoThe Lithuanian Computer Society (Lietuvos kompiuterininkų sąjunga) is happy to invite you to participate in a biennial multi-event Computer Days – 2017 (Kompiuterininkų dienos – 2017) to be held on September 21–22, 2017 at the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University, Lithuania.

The main objective of the “Computer Days – 2017” is to provide a forum for presentation, discussion and dissemination of research, technological and educational accomplishments in the field of Information Society Technologies. The multi-event traditionally brings together computer scientists, engineers, educationalists, teachers and students, managers, SME personnel and managers, public sector representatives and politicians to summarise the recent achievements and to discuss further directions in the field.

The multi-event “Computer Days – 2017” is composed of the following simultaneous events:

  • 18th Computer Science Scientific Conference – covers a wide range of research topics in the areas of theoretical and applied Computer Science, Information and Communication Technologies, Information Society Services, etc.;
  • 13th Conference on Informatics in School Education;
  • 3rd Conference on E-Learning and Smart Technologies;
  • Workshop on Information Society Development Issues;
  • Tutorials for IT teachers, doctoral, post- and under- graduate students;
  • A hands-on Workshop for primary school teachers: why are the “Bebras” tasks valuable?;
  • 15th Congress of the Lithuanian Computer Society;
  • Conference of Lithuanian Association of Informatics Teachers.

Individual scientists, teachers, educationalists are invited to participate as well as public and private institutions. Participants will be able to present scientific, science-popular, informative, reviewing papers in conferences, to attend discussions, present information about company, products and solutions. Possibility for advertising and demonstrating is provided. The sponsors are also welcomed.

Contacts

Computer Days – 2017
Lithuanian Computer Society (Lietuvos kompiuterininkų sąjunga)
Geležinio Vilko str. 12-113, LT-01112 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone: (+370 5) 210 93 42
E-mail: liks@liks.lt

More information www.liks.lt/kodi_en

Supporters and partners: ECDL Lithuania, VU Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Infobalt Association, National Digital Coalition in Lithuania.

STA Team invites girls to join to a new e-learning course ‘Smart Business Technology’

Girls in Smart Tech (GIST) is one of the greatest programs in Lithuania for empowering young girls in technologies from secondary schools to universities. The Program is initiated by Smart Tech Academy (STA, www.smarttechacademy.eu/).

Smart Tech Academy has partners in all Europe for one purpose – to make a growth of young girls joining technology sector and studies in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) fields.

STA Team kindly invites girls from all Lithuania to join to a new e-learning course called ‘Smart Business Technology’.

This course is aimed to introduce girls to business fundamentals, business creation process, business management and finance management. Students will develop their abilities to evaluate business data and make decisions.

Main competences developed in the course – entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.

Smart Tech Academy Team believes that a support from the young age will lead young women to choose their careers into technologies.

Summer Camps for LT Children Interested in Technology

Rural Internet Access Points Association, a member of the Digital Skills and Coalition for Jobs in Lithuania, has been organising summer camps for children and teens (10-14) for the second year in a row. 100 active kids took part in the camp activities in a lovely out of town place Kurtuvėnai, Šiauliai district.

The camp’s programme includes teamwork and collaboration, discovering Lithuanian nature and understanding technology. The camp is designed to spark curiosity and build confidence in tech.  Blended technology learning with summer camp activities create a well-rounded summer camp experience. Sessions are two-weeks long so campers have time to become a part of the community while learning new skills, participating in outdoor and many other activities. Children can develop or advance their skills in 3D modelling, mobile application development, drone flight management and LittleBits electronic building blocks.

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International Girls in ICT Day 2017

girls-in-ICT-2017-logoLast week was significant for the ICT world as several important events were held from 26 to 28 of April in Vilnius, Lithuania. One of them was the International Girls in ICT Day celebration on 27 April.

The important topic of Girls in ICT was brought up during the Regional Development Forum for Europe (RDF) which took place on 26 April. Dr Danguole Rutkauskiene, Head of Young Computer User’s School at Kaunas University of Technology and Head of Working Party at National Digital Coalition, Lithuania, presented a session on ICTs for Empowering Women, and shared her vast experience in this field. She shared information about specialization of the ICT sector with a large number of different career opportunities. In her speech, Dr. Danguole Rutkauskiene emphasized that only around 29 of 1000 women in Europe have an ICT related degree and they also tend to leave their ICT related careers more often than men. Some of the reasons of this current negative trend are social stereotypes, low self-confidence and a negative image of the sector. Efforts are being made to improve this situation, through the work of the European Centre for Women and Technology, which focuses on making efforts to attract girls to study ICT and other related science degrees. Dr Danguole Rutkauskiene concluded her speech by sharing several success stories of Lithuanian women, and giving recommendations including how to motivate girls from a very young age, to review the national education systems and share ICT and girls related good practices at the national and regional level. The speech attracted a lot of attention and was very appreciated by the international guests who found the topic relevant and important.

International Girls in ICT Day 2017 was celebrated on 27 April with events around the world aimed at encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, while at the same time highlighting the growing importance of digital skills to pursue successful professional careers across sectors.

As the day was coinciding with the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) held in Vilnius, Lithuania, ITU joined hands with Kaunas University of Technology to celebrate Girls in ICT in Vilnius as a side event taking place in parallel to the RPM, at the same venue.

28 girls between the age of 12 and 16 joined the event. To ensure regional balance, girls were invited from different towns across Lithuania: Vilnius, Kaunas, Alytus, Klaipeda and Panevezys.

The ICT Day event started with welcome remarks that were given by dr Danguole Rutkauskiene, who highlighted the important role ICTs play in today’s societies and the vast amount of career opportunities the sector offers. Also, two role models were presented: Vanessa Gray from ITU and ms. Loreta Krizinauskiene, Lithuanian National digital coalition coordinator and Managing director of „Langas į ateitį“.

Ms Vanessa Gray introduced the participants to ITU including its different sectors and shared about the work of her department. This gave the girls an insight into the crucial role ICTs play in development and emergency situations. Ms Loreta Krizinauskiene presented successful women in the technology industry giving the girls inspiration and demonstrating that ICT is not only men’s field.

Later, mr Domas Sabockis from the company “Exit to Virtual Reality” gave a presentation, which included an introduction to Virtual Reality and to the ways it is shaping our world. The most exciting part was when the participants could test and experience virtual and augmented reality with the equipment of high end VR system called HTC Vive.

A video-conference was set up for an interactive session connecting the girls participating in Girls in ICT events in Vilnius, at ITU HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, and at a telecommunication operator company Alfa in Beirut, Lebanon. This offered the participants a chance to explore ICT together in an interactive format in real-time. The video-conference was followed by a presentation of the winning projects from Lithuania’s biggest annual robotics and technology competition, Robotiada. The session was live-streamed and a special invitation to follow the session was sent to schools across the country in Klaipeda, Panevezys, Marijampole, Alytus, Kaunas and Vilnius.

During the video-conference,three groups presented their projects demonstrating the different ways robots can be used for fun and practical purposes. Emilija, the youngest participant started by presenting her robot called “The Candy Machine”, which she had created with a fellow student in Vilnius Smart Tech Academy. Barbora and Marija, from the same academy, presented their project “Hand of the robot”, which was created using Arduino and Raspberry Pi technologies. This robot could be controlled virtually online enabling people from all over the world to control it. The last group were Vasare and Skaiste from Panevezys’ Robotics academy and presented their project named “Tabletatorius 3000”. This robot was designed to assist elderly people to remember to take their medicines on time.

After the presentations of winning projects of Robotiada, the girls had the opportunity to learn robotics themselves first-hand. Firstly, they were introduced to the definitions and challenges related with robotics and the different forms they take in our everyday lives. This was followed by a technical introduction to programming of Lego Mindstrom robots, after which the girls could start programming their robots in teams of five. There was also a mini competition where the groups could present the results of their work.

The day ended with a closing ceremony. In her closing remarks, dr Danguole Rutkauskiene encouraged the girls to continue engaging with ICTs and informed them about the different possibilities and activities for this purpose. Each girl received a certificate of participation and the winning team of the quiz received a prize from both Kaunas University of Technology and ITU. Additionally, the youngest participant was awarded by National Digital Coalition. The girls were very happy having a chance to have their hands on technologies and meeting girls from other Lithuanians regions that are interested in technologies. That day created many unforgettable moments for all of the participants.

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Celebration of the Girls in ICT day

International Girls in ICT Day 2017 will be celebrated on 27 April with events around the world aimed at encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, while at the same time highlighting the growing importance of digital skills to pursue successful professional careers across sectors.

As this event is coinciding with the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) held in Vilnius, ITU has joined hands with the Communications Regulatory Authority (RRT) and Kaunas University of Technology to celebrate Girls in ICT in Vilnius as a side event happening in parallel to the RPM, at the same venue. Interactions between participants of both events will be possible – the Girls in ICT and the delegates of Member States handling ICT development in their respective countries. The annual ITU address on this celebration will be given live from Vilnius to girls and young women from around the world by the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau.

Girls from schools in Vilnius and other cities will be invited to a celebration at Holiday Inn Vilnius which will include a talk with practical demonstrations on Virtual and Augmented reality, a presentation of winning projects of Roboticos Olympiad broadcasted to events in Klaipeda, Kaunas, Alytus, Siauliai, Marijampole and an interactive session with the Girls in ICT Day activities in ITU headquarters Geneva and in an event in Lebanon.

Get Online Week 2017

It was the 8th year association “Langas į ateitį” participated in the Get Online Week campaign. The message that we spread through all the activities this year raised awareness on safe technology and the internet usage, managing ones  (digital) identity, skills for the usage of eServices and new skills for jobs because 45% of the European population has an insufficient level of digital skills and situation in Lithuania is similar. To achieve our goals of GOW2017 4 kinds of activities were identified (www.epilietis.eu/savaite):

  • Participation in the events/activities
  • Registration of your own activity
  • Participation in the contests
  • Learn by yourself and use it later (online training material in our platform pilietis.eu/savaite

More than 350 activities/events were registered in Lithuania and organized collaborating with National Digital Coalition members (www.skaitmeninekoalicija.lt/en/about/) and a lot of partners including State Employment Agency, Youth job centres, Lithuanian Banking Association, National Library of Lithuania, Lithuanian Consumer Institute, IT company ATEA Baltic, Swedbank, Barclays operational center, initiative”__būsiu“, Lithuanian academic network LITNet, Safer Internet project etc. All partners contributed with the number of activities dedicated to GOW2017 as well as dissemination of the initiative.

During the GOW2017, people were reached through online news portals, radio and social media as well as partners’ and local communities’ websites. Press releases about the GOW2017 initiative were written with the help of our partner PR Service and distributed to BNS news agency. At the same time, our partners have been distributed with distinctive banners that we designed for this special occasion to be published in partners’ websites and social media channels. A home page have been designed and visited through GOW week more than 22 200 times! During GOW 2017 week all public libraries who have computers and their branches (total 1283) used special very first slide on their computer, which invited to participate in GOW events. A combination of public libraries’ web sites and local news portals helped to reach at least 116 237 people.

On the very first day of GOW 2017 Loreta Križinauskienė and Andrius Šaveiko were invited to the main radio station of Lithuania LRT radijas (Opus 3 channel) broadcasted an hour and a half radio show about GOW2017 activities as well as its mission and purpose where we discussed safety online, missing youth digital skills in job market.  A total of 856people were reached via this media channel.

The use of social network (Facebook in particular) helped to reach a lot of people as well. With the help of social networks our partners and we spread the information about the GOW2017 news and activities to at least 19 797 individuals.

A video sharing site YouTube was used to broadcast a webinar “INFORMUOTAS = APGINKLUOTAS” – which was broadcasted from Kaunas by Lithuanian Research and Education Network (LITNET CERT). The webinar “INFORMUOTAS = APGINKLUOTAS” was streamed on March 28 and was joined by 193 schools and libraries (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjI7X-BbZpc).

For GOW2017 purposes 270 posters were designed and printed, more than 1500 souvenirs and prizes were distributed to schools, public libraries, Youth Job Centers and 3rd age university students.

GOW2017 embedded online and offline activities which were proposed by the organizers or implemented by partners. There were more than 350 events organized across the country in public libraries, Youth Job Centers, high schools, NGOs and other institutions.

The GOW2017 was abundant in different events for people of all ages. Events can be divided into separate themes:

  • Events for children about internet safety and ways to deal with cyber bullying, such as “Are you safe in internet?”, “Internet and children”, “Cyber-security: what you should know”.
  • Events for youngsters who are interested in ICT and want to learn more about ICT related professions, such as “I feel better because I know and I know how”, „Personal image in social media“, “Do I have enough digital skills for job”; “Computer literacy: programming in C #, PHP”.
  • Events for adults about cyber-security and e.services: “Information security: why you should care?”, “Wild web labyrinths”, “e.Banking: service which facilitates life”
  • Events for seniors about safe ways to use e-services: “eCommerce: what you should know”, “Safe e.Banking”;,“Public sector e-services development: Achievements and Lessons”, “E-services: smart and safe use of electronic services”.
  • 14 volunteers from Barclays operational center chose to visit 14 Youth job centers in different regions of Lithuania.  Over 300 young unemployed people took part in the face- to- face events during which   Barclays bank operational center volunteers shared their experience about digital skills for jobs and organized brain battle on safety online.

One new experienced was used in GOW 2017 – seminars on data security for public servants.  Almost 100 participants.

During GOW2017 events 1351 participants of different age and professions people have registered and completed ICT skills tests and took part in other activities offered on our GOW 2017 site www.epilietis.eu/savaite:  1050 material downloads by teachers, 4380 participants at the webinar “Informed-armed”, Web We Want teacher handbook had 139 downloads s, the one for teens 137, “Skillage” test solved 161 times, “Are you safe online?” solved by 1,351 people, 828 of them under 12 years old.

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Relaunching National Digital Coalition in Lithuania

On 14th February of 2017 in the ministry of Transportation and Communication a relaunch event was organized by NDC Stakeholders and Members, and it was agreed to continue its activities with the newly elected Lithuanian Parliament and government support.

Press release (in Lithuanian): http://sumin.lrv.lt/lt/naujienos/susisiekimo-ministras-butina-ugdyti-vyresniu-zmoniu-skaitmeninius-gebejimus.

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NDC fully meets the goals of the newly launched Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition by EC, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers so that to add to the recent challenges –  the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today’s job market and society.