Enhancing Women’s Participation in ICT and Other News from CEPIS – April 2013

In this issue

We announce the publication of a CEPIS statement on the issue of gender balance in the ICT profession. We invite you to take part in two European Commission consultations and we include news from CEPIS Member Societies in Germany, Ireland, and Latvia. If you have any feedback or you would like to send contributions from your society for the next update to be published in May 2013, please email Michel Krmek.

CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force Releases Position Statement

cepis The CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force has identified five priorities to get more young girls and women into ICT and to help close the digital jobs gap. The declining supply of ICT graduates coupled with the growing demand of digital jobs is a serious threat for the ICT profession, the sector and Europe’s employment and growth potential. The priorities identified by the Task Force include the creation of a European Girls in ICT Day, the promotion of strong female ICT role models to inspire young girls, and a greater integration of ICT in the classroom and in the curriculum. Read the CEPIS Women in ICT Task Force Position Statement

50(13) Council Meeting: 20 April in Dubrovnik, Croatia

dubrovnikThe CEPIS Spring Council will take place on Saturday 20 April in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Excelsior Hotel. The Council Meeting will start at 08:30 and end around 16:00. There will be a welcome reception in the hotel at 19:00 on Friday, 19 April, the evening prior to Council. The 50(13) CEPIS Council Draft Agenda and supporting documentation are now available in the Member’s Area for your perusal. For any queries please contact Michel Krmek.

CEPIS at the EeSA Board of Directors Meeting

e-skills_eesa_2013CEPIS attended the recent board of directors meeting of the European e-Skills Association (EeSA). CEPIS is a founding member of EeSA which has for mission to foster a competitive and inclusive Europe where e-skills and digital literacy drive innovation and promote prosperity. EeSA played a coordinating role in the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) Pledge launched at the inauguration of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs and supported by CEPIS.

CEPIS Computing in Schools SIN Meeting

computer_teacherMembers of the CEPIS Computing in Schools SIN met last month in Brussels to commence their task of creating advocacy materials to enable Member Societies to influence their national governments. Over the coming weeks the SIN will start working on a position paper which will be presented at the Autumn Council meeting on 21 November in Brussels, Belgium. If CEPIS Members would like to nominate a representative please let us know.

New CEPIS Women in ICT Role Models Interviews

CTP_trainerThe CEPIS Platform of Women in ICT role models was recently updated with two new interviews of women with successful careers in ICT: Maria-Isabel Sanchez-Segura from Spain and Sonja Hof from Switzerland. This platform showcases successful women in a variety of dynamic ICT roles, with a view to inspiring European youth, and in particular young girls, to consider a career in ICT. With this initiative CEPIS aims to demonstrate the creativity, versatility and flexibility of the careers in ICT in order to change the perception of ICT among youth. Suggest a Female ICT Role Model

F1 in Schools Initiative: ICS Inspiring Youth to Pursue STEM Studies

f1inschoolsThe Irish Computer Society (ICS) is organising the successful F1 in Schools competition in Ireland to raise the interest of students in studies and careers in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). F1 in Schools is open to all secondary schools students which are tasked to design, build and race a miniature Formula 1 car of the future. This challenge enables students to get their hands on the latest technology from the worlds of technology, engineering and manufacturing. Thank you to Blathin de Paor from ICS for this contribution. More on the F1 in Schools Initiative

German Informatics Awards Students with the InformatiCup Prize

GI_Newlogo2012InformatiCup is an annual informatics competition organised by German Informatics (GI) which is aimed at students in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This competition is designed to challenge students to learn new technologies independently and to develop solutions using the knowledge acquired. Students are asked to solve a series of tasks by working in groups of two or four, the objective is to develop their communications skills and their ability to solve problem collectively, as they will do in their future work life. The winners of the 2013 InformatiCup were recently announced at the Computer Science Day in Bonn. More on the InformatiCup

LIKTA at the 2013 Northern Future Forum

northern_forum_2013 The Northern Future Forum (NFF), held at the end of February in Riga, Latvia, brought together Prime Ministers, experts and entrepreneurs of Nordic and Baltic countries to discuss the digital divide and the competitiveness of green economies. The Latvian Information Technology & Telecommunications Association (LIKTA) was a partner of the forum topic on bridging the digital divide. On this occasion LIKTA released a video showcasing Latvian projects to foster e-inclusion and an infographic describing why Latvia is among the world leaders in ICT. More on the Northern Future Forum

ICS Conference on Data Protection

ICS_logo_2013 The Irish Computer Society (ICS) recently co-organised the 5th Annual Data Protection Conference. The conference looked at the new legislative developments, trends and emerging issues in data protection. The planned changes to the European Data Protection Directive were also discussed. Speakers included Simon Milner, Director of Policy (Ireland and UK) of Facebook, and other industry experts from a range of companies to discuss what the future holds for data privacy. Thank you to Blathin de Paor from ICS for this contribution. More on the 5th Annual Data Protection Conference

LIKTA Organises 2013 Latvian e-Skills Week

latvian_eskills_week_2013The Latvian Information Technology & Telecommunications Association (LIKTA) recently organised the 2013 Latvian e-Skills Week. This national edition of the e-Skills Week reached over 36,000 participants across the whole country and 890 activities were organised by 200 event’s partners, ranging from ministries and industry to schools and libraries. The Latvian e-Skills Week focused on raising awareness of young people on ICT careers, as well as on e-skills and ICT solutions for small and micro-enterprises. More on the 2013 Latvian e-Skills Week

EC Consults Stakeholders on ICT-Driven Public Sector Innovation

ec_logo_2012The European Commission (EC) launched a new public consultation on the topic of research and innovation in ICT-driven public sector innovation, i.e. the use of ICT to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of public services. The results of this consultation will feed into the preparation of the forthcoming Work Programmes of Horizon 2020, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation. Participants are invited to provide their thoughts on the drivers and trends of ICT-driven public sector innovation, as well on the technology tools and enablers thereof. The consultation is open until 15 April 2013. Take Part in this Consultation

EC to Tackle Broadband Roll-out Costs

broadbandThe European Commission (EC) recently proposed new rules that aim to cut the cost of deploying high-speed Internet by 30%. The current patchwork of rules and administrative practices at national levels is slowing down the rolling out of broadband. Moreover civil engineering works, namely digging up roads to install fibre, account for up to 80% of the cost of deploying broadband. With these new rules, the EC aims to harmonise the procedures for civil works, facilitate and speed up the delivery of civil works permits, and ensure that new or renovated buildings are ready for broadband Internet. More on the EC Proposal to Cut Broadband Roll-out Costs

Measuring the Carbon Footprint of the ICT Sector

green_ictThe European Commission is working with 27 technology companies and associations to establish a common framework for the measurement of carbon emissions arising from the production, transport and sales of ICT goods and services. Current calculations of these emissions vary greatly and are dependent on the differ methods used. For this purpose the methodology of ten international standards were tested by a dozen ICT companies and associations. The results indicate that the standards pilot-tested are practically implementable and compatible, which is a key step towards agreeing on a common methodological framework for measuring the ICT carbon footprint. More on the Carbon Footprint of the ICT Sector

Important Upcoming Events


9-10 April 2013 European Data Forum Dublin, Ireland. Organised by: The European Commission

20 April 2013 50(13) CEPIS Council Meeting Dubrovnik, Croatia. Organised by: CEPIS. There will be an evening reception on Friday, 19 April, the evening prior to Council.


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