ICT Skills are girls’ best friend!

..said Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda Europe, during the Parliamentary Hearing « Girls in ICT Day 2013 » on 25 April 2013, co-organised by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the International Telecoms Union. The event aims to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sector of technology. 
As part of the event, the European Parliament organised a hearing on « Women in ICT » around the topics of professional women in ICT careers and developing ICT skills for ICT jobs.
Neelie Kroes opened the Parliamentary hearing by stating that « Digital women are worth more than diamonds ». « Getting more women in ICT will enhance equality and competitiveness in an increasingly digital world ».
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of facebook, joined via tele-conference the Hearing and offered to the audience practical advice on how to unleash their full potential and achieve their goals.
Participants exchanged ideas on how to encourage young women take up leading role in both personal and professional level and make the most of every opportunity. Pursuing an ICT-related career was highlighted throughout the Hearing as a first-class opportunity to enhance women’s leverage in the digital world.

More information about Girls in ICT Day.

Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption in Europe: Experts Explore Potentials and Trends

In January, more than 50 professionals from 20 countries across Europe, the US and Australia discussed in Vienna at the event “Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption?” how ICT can increase energy and resource efficiency and make consumption more sustainable. 
Modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can have a great influence on shaping a more sustainable world. The mega-trends Cloud Computing and Smart Systems in the areas of energy, transport and housing, have the potential to substantially reduce environmental impacts and, thus, green Europe’s future. The time to adjust the future development of these technologies is now, say Europe’s leading ICT- specialists.

ICT 2013: Create, Connect Grow

The ICT conference will take place at the beginning of November 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania. It will be the first opportunity to learn the details of research funding for ICT-related projects under Horizon 2020, the new framework programme. 
Horizon 2020 will support the development of ICT in Science (in future and emerging technologies or e-Infrastructures); in industrial leadership (such as smart systems, robotics, photonics, etc.) and in societal challenges (such as eHealth, eGovernment and eSkills.), and with a special instrument for SMEs. 
The Call for Networking Sessions for the ICT conference is open now, with the deadline 26 April 2013.