Council Registration Open & Other News from CEPIS – October 2013

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We inform you that registration for the 51st CEPIS Autumn Council is now open and we invite you to submit nominations for CEPIS Execom elections. We include news from CEPIS Member Societies in Finland and Greece, as well as the latest European developments on e-skills, cyber-security, education and telecoms. To send you feedback or contributions from your Society for the November update, please email Michel Krmek.

51(13) CEPIS Autumn Council - Registration Open

thehotel The 51st CEPIS Council meeting will take place at The Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday, 21 November 2013 from 08:30 to 16:00. There will be a welcome reception at 19:00 on Wednesday, 20 November, the evening prior to the Council Meeting in the hotel. This welcome reception will include a buffet dinner. To register, please click here. Registration is open until Friday 1 November. For any queries related to Council please contact Michel Krmek. Register for the 51st CEPIS Council Meeting

CEPIS Execom Elections - Nominations Open Until 21 October

electionsThe official invitation to Members to nominate candidates for the Executive Committee has been announced on behalf of Honorary Secretary, Declan Brady. The term of one CEPIS officer expires in November 2013. In accordance with the CEPIS Constitution, Members are invited to nominate candidates for election to the position of Vice President. The term of office for this position, which has been filled by Luis Fernandez to date, is two years. Nominations can be accepted until 21 October. For further information please see the Member’s Area of the CEPIS website or download the nomination form.

CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award - Submit Your Nominations Before 31 October

ICT Professionalism AwardAt the request of CEPIS Member Societies, the call for nominations for the CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award is extended until 31 October 2013 to allow for more time to complete nominations. This new pan-European award will honour individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the development of the ICT Profession. The CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award is open to anyone - be it an ICT professional, a researcher or an academic - who has made a substantial contribution to the development of the profession in general or contributions to advancing any of the building blocks of ICT Professionalism. Nominations must be submitted by CEPIS Member Societies. Submit Your Nomination for the CEPIS ICT Professionalism Award

Digital Woman Award Under the Patronage of EC Vice President Neelie Kroes

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                                                    Award Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe, has officially expressed her support of the Digital Woman Award, a new pan-European prize for women and young girls in technology. She will announce the winners of this new at the ICT2013 event, in Vilnius, on 6-8 November. CEPIS is a partner of the Digital Woman Award which was officially pledged in support of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. More on the Digital Woman Award

HEPIS Submits the 40th Pledge to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

logo_getbusyCEPIS Greek Member, the Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS), recently submitted its GetBusy initiative as the 40th pledge to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. GetBusy is a webportal which highlights the career opportunities offered by ICT and provides youth with the skills they need to find a job. Since it was launched GetBusy has trained 7500 young people in Greece. The GetBusy website provides free educational materials as well as information related to entrepreneurship, the development of new digital skills, and green entrepreneurship. More on GetBusy

FIPA Investigates Salaries of IT Professionals in Finland

salariesThe Finnish Information Processing Association (FIPA) published the IT Career Survey 2013 which analyses the salary trends of IT professionals in Finland. In 2013, IT professionals earned on average a base salary of 4311 euro. This average salary increased by about 3% in spite of the crisis and continues to be higher than in other sectors. When it comes to gender differences, female IT professionals earn €0.93 for every euro that their male counterparts earn. Compared to other sectors, the ICT sector has the smallest gender gap. Download the IT Career Survey 2013 (Only available in Finnish)

A Green ICT Code of Good Practice for Organisations? 93% Say Yes

green_ictA large majority of website visitors (93%) agree that organisations should adhere to a Green ICT code of good practice, according to the latest results of the poll on the CEPIS homepage. The CEPIS Green ICT Task Force is working on developing a future CEPIS Green ICT code of good practice. One of the recommendations of the report Energy Efficient Enterprise in Europe, published by CEPIS in 2011, was indeed to create a code of good practice which would describe steps organisations should undertake to become more sustainable. If you would like to suggest a topic or question for our next poll, please contact Michel Krmek.

European e-Skills 2013 Conference, 10 December in Brussels

The European e-digitalSkills 2013 Conference, organised by the European Commission, will take stock of the progress made in the areas of e-skills, ICT professionalism and e-leadership. Proposals for maturing the ICT profession will be discussed, and the European e-Competence Framework (3.0) will be unveiled. The latest trends and statistical figures on the supply and demand of e-skills will be presented. National e-skills policies and multi-stakeholder partnerships will also be reviewed, as well as progress of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. More on the European e-Skills 2013 Conference

Education and Skills are Top Priorities for Europe’s Tech Entrepreneurs

startup europe Teachers should be made digitally confident and competent, universities should be encouraged to add digital components to their curriculum, and EU countries should offer a digital certificate course to provide basic digital skills to graduates. These are some of the 22 key measures from the Startup Europe Manifesto put forward by a group of leading European tech entrepreneurs. The objective of this action plan is to overcome roadblocks that are threatening Internet-driven economic growth and to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in Europe. So far, 3000 people have signed the Startup Europe Manifesto. More on the Startup Europe Manifesto

EC Announces Plans for a Single Telecoms Market

connectected_continent The European Commission recently announced the Connected Continent legislative package in order turn Europe into a global digital leader. The proposed measures include an EU-wide protection of net neutrality, the abolishment of roaming charges in the EU, and simpler rules to encourage cross-border investments. Europe is currently risks missing out on the opportunities that ICT can deliver for growth and employment because of the absence of a genuine single market for electronic communications. More on the Connected Continent Package

Mobile Threats and Social Media Identity Thefts Are Among Top Cyber Threats

Cyber_Crime Mobile threats and social media identity thefts are among the top cyber threats, according to a new report from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). As mobile technology becomes increasingly pervasive, cyber threats encountered in the traditional arena of IT will prevail on mobile devices and the services available on these platforms. The development of digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, and anonymous payment services is likely to open up new opportunities for cyber-fraud and criminal activity. More on Top Cyber Threats

Broadband Access: Where Does Your Country Rank?


The latest country-by-country data on state of broadband access were recently published by the United Nation’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Out of the top 10 countries for Internet use, 8 are located in Europe with Iceland in the lead with 96 percent. The report also shows good progress in terms of making broadband policy universal with 134 countries having a national broadband plan in place by mid-2013. More on the State of Broadband 2013

Important Upcoming Events


21 October Belgian Launch Event of the CEPIS e-Competence Benchmark Brussels, Belgium. Organised by: FBVI-FAIB

6-9 November ICT2013 Vilnius, Lithuania. Organised by: European Commission

11-12 November Big Data Days Berlin, Germany. Organised by: GI

21 November 51st CEPIS Council Meeting Brussels, Belgium. Organised by: CEPIS

10 December European e-Skills 2013 Conference Brussels, Belgium. Organised by: European Commission