What: Digital SkillUp final event - 'Path to the Digital Decade: Upskilling in Emerging Technologies'
When: Thursday, 9th of December, 09.30 AM – 12.00 PM (CET)
Where: online via MS Teams (meeting link provided upon registration)
The European Commission has set ambitious goals in its Digital Decade, pledging to have more than 20 million ICT specialists and the 80% of all population with basic digital skills by 2030.
Understanding emerging technologies, their disruptive power on society and businesses, and the opportunities coming along is crucial to deliver upskilling practices and achieve the Digital Decade's goal.
The Digital SkilUp final event will dive into upskilling practices for emerging technologies. In the first part of the event, we will put forward the perspectives of SME representatives, training providers, citizens, policy-makers and Academia, in an attempt to answer questions such as: What is the impact of emerging technologies on European citizens and businesses? How do we achieve an inclusive and sustainable upskilling process that leaves no one behind?
In the second part, we would love to hear your vision and ideas on how European citizens, SMEs and training providers can make the most out of the digital transformation and of mainstreaming emerging technologies in daily life activities and work processes.
Interactive breakout sessions will facilitate the discussions with the audience, and you will have the chance to exchange contacts for possible future collaboration. The event will also be an opportunity for you to understand how to become Associated Member of the Digital SkillUp initiative and support its mission.
9.30 - 11.00 PART I – PLENARY: Upskilling and reskilling practices for emerging technologies
9.30 - 9.40 Reaching the digital decade targets through universal upskilling – Opening remarks – Alexander Riedl, Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission, DG CNECT
9.40 - 10.05 Path to the Digital Decade: Inclusive and sustainable upskilling for all – Keynote speeches – Cheryl Miller, European Digital Institute (citizen upskilling vision) and Andrei Kelemen, CEO of Cluj IT Cluster (business upskilling vision)
10.05 - 10.15 The Digital SkillUp approach: needs analysis and co-creation of training – Viola Pinzi, European Schoolnet, Digital SkillUp project coordinator
10.15 - 10.55 Emerging technologies and society: challenges, trends, and the way forward – Panel discussion with experts:
Marco Bianchini, Economist and Policy analyst at OECD – SMEs perspective
Carmel Cachia, Chief Administrator at eSkills Malta Foundation - National Government perspective
Ricardo Rodriguez Contreras – Research Manager at Eurofound - Research perspective
10.55 – 11.00 Break
11.00 - 11.40 PART II – INTERACTIVE SESSION: Reaching the Digital Decade´s targets: how to upskill the workforce and the society of the future.
Room 1. Emerging technologies for SMEs: the challenge of upskilling employees and managers – Moderated by DIGITAL SME with the guest contributions of the guest speakers:
Lucilla Crosta, CEO and founder of Smarthink and Edulai learning platform
Room 2. Emerging technologies’ training: creating learning pathways that reflect market needs – Moderated by REAKTOR with the guest contributions of:
Alis Vasile, Project manager at the National Institute for Cultural Research and Training of Romania and testimonial of the DSU training courses
Dr. Ernestina Menasalvas, University of Madrid and Lead of the Skills and Education Task Force at Big Data Value Association (BDVA)
Room 3. Emerging technology for citizens: empowering a digitally responsible society –
11.40 – 11.50 Back to Plenary. The way forward to digital upskilling for all: feedback from the parallel sessions – Moderated by PUBLIC LIBRARIES 2030 with the guest contribution of:
Dr. Alenka Kavčič-Čolić, Head of the Library Research Department of the National and University Library of Slovenia and FINLIT project manager in Slovenia
11.50 – 12.00 Closing remarks – Arthur Treguier, Policy Assistant at the European Commission, DG CNECT