Let’s Get Online – for Work, for Leisure, for Life!

From learning how to spot ‘fake news’ and robotics for beginners to ‘cybersecurity’ and ‘digital skills galaxies’, national partners were involved in 27countries for Get Online Week 2017. The partners ran a variety of workshops, seminars, training sessions and events with thousands of Europeans.

The campaign brought together commercial partners, NGOs and Government organisations in an alliance that helped Europeans gain a wide variety of digital skills for employment and entrepreneurship, to be more safety aware in our ever more complex digital world and to get the most form online government and commercial services. Learn about the GOW17 Alliance and its resources.

This year, I-LINC was the platform to share stories and discuss the Get Online Week events and activities. You can check the Articles and Research section of the platform to get the latest news on GOW17 from our National Partners.

At the forefront of the Get Online Week were the Young I-LINC Digital Changemakers, who were nominated by national partners for their willingness and perseverance in promoting digital skills and tackling digital inclusion.

During the Get Online Week all of them promoted the I-LINC and its resources as well as organised workshops on the Employement and Entrepreneurship. Meet our Changemakers here, learn what makes them changemakers and read about their contributions.

Here is an early snapshot of some of the events and activities that happened across Europe last week:


Centre for Technical Culture Rijeka started this year’s Get Online Week with a comprehensive intro lecture about cybersecurity. They explained the differences between main threats on the Internet: computer viruses, malware and adware – and how to defend yourself from them. Another presentation was devoted to various Facebook functions, especially for senior citizens who are not aware of privacy settings.

Kids were very excited to participate in “Sensors and microcontrollers for beginners” workshop. They learned how to connect various components, their operating principles and how to programme their functions. Older students enjoyed participating in a workshop dedicated do educational programmable robots. A visual programming workshop was also a great success – so great that it was extend for a day longer. The kids had fun with visual programming in Scratch, while making first, easy steps in the huge world of programming.  Learn more


GOW was organized for the first time in Switzerland by Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering netizenship and training on tools for socio-professional development. During Get Online Week 2017, ran a specific emailing campaign based on the Mozilla’s Core Web Literacy Curriculum and in cooperation with University of Applied Sciences in Geneva held a workshop on Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies.


GOW17 in Slovenia was launched with a workshop on the topic of Safety with Online Shopping as a result of the collaboration between Simbioza Genesis, social enterprise and the Institute Safe Internet. During the week across the country, a special focus was put on introducing the 55+ jobseekers to the opportunities on digital jobs and the skills these jobs require. It was also a week of fun e-learning between generations, where the main goal was to empower youth and seniors with digital skills for personal motivation, social inclusion and better career orientation. There were many workshops on e-literacy for seniors offered in primary and secondary schools via Simbioza School project, where young pupils teach seniors how to get online. Learn more


Luxembourg ran the GOW campaign for the first time thanks to the House of Training, the new player in the in the continuing vocation education market of Luxembourg. The main training event within GOW17 was a workshop Digital skills for companies. The House of Training and SECURITYMADEIN.LU jointly organise this information session dealing with the digitalisation in the business world. It addressed topics such as online communication, e-commerce, cyber security, data protection, electronic archiving, office automation, etc.


The Spanish Association of Telecentres promoted the GOW17 activities among their 11 networks with 3.000 telecentres. Some of the events included:

  • Job seeking on the Internet and social networks, Mobile Apps for active job seeking and Learn to develop an online creative curriculum organized by the CYL Digital Program;
  • Connections and debate with Expert on Cybersecurity, Learning to start a business The Technological Literacy Plan of Extremadura
  • European Incubator for business ideas by Dedalo Foundation in Navarra
  • Digital identity and personal data protection and Copyright and intellectual property on the Internet workshops in Andalusia by Guadalinfo
    Learn more

Foundation for Community Network organized three webinars for their network

  • How to address digital generations – cybersecurity for youth and teachers.
  • How to recognize fake news on the internet
  • eServices – how to offer 1% of personal income tax for the civil society.

Telecentres provided the possibility for local people to take part in the webinar from the telecentre with the help of a projector – thus people not only learned about the suggested topic, but also practiced joining the webinar.


Fast Track into Information Technology Ltd​ (FIT) ran various activities promoting GOW17 in public areas along with training in their partner telecentres throughout the country. FIT has also partnered this year with Bank of Ireland. A dedicated team of Bank of Ireland staff, known as Digital Arrows, were shooting across Ireland this week to train people up in technology, social media and safe online banking. Learn more


Cybersecurity and online safety was also a big topic during GOW in Russia, run by PH International’s IT4Youth project. Thus, the whole day of March 29 was marked as Online Safety Day in Russia. In several Russian cities the IT for Youth project center trainers held the series of online safety training events for school kids and told teenagers about security tools available to use on most computers to further protect their personal information and their computer from viruses, spyware and spam. The young participants were also encouraged to answer the questions about potential dangers they may encounter online, talk about strategies of behavior in various situations, and share the basic rules of etiquette they had learned.


For seventh year straight, Digidelnätverket organized GOW on a national level. The network Digidelnätverket is a non-hierarchical, independent and democratic networking group working to increase digital inclusion in Sweden.

In 2017, it is supported by KB (The National Library of Sweden), so a lot of activities took place in Swedish libraries with workshops and promo events on all the three topics of GOW17. Learn more


Telecentre-Danmark in cooperation with the DK4 national TV created the programme ‘Get online week 2017 – Digital method of payments, E-banking and security. The TV programme was shown on the national television station dk4 every day during the campaign week. It will be repeated 20 times in 2017 on TV and will also be used during training at ICT centres. It is estimated that  1.7 mln people will view this programme and learn about safe digital payments through smartphones.


GOW 2017 coincides with European money week, so cooperation with Lithuanian banks association was very useful to Langas I Ateiti – Luthianian National partner – they provided safe e-banking recommendations to all e-banking users and distributed this information through all banks and their clients.

A new group of participants this year were public servants organized in cooperation with Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Social Security and Labour. Over 100 participants attended the seminar “Information security – why should I worry?” run by LiA partners – ATEA company IT auditors. Learn more


National Safer Internet Centre planned both online awareness raising campaign promoting the GOW 2017 objectives and resources including the i-Linc platform and offline trainings and workshops organised in co-operation with AFCEA, Police Academy in Prague and some NGOs working in the field of eSkills development and employment. One of the workshops, on March 31, took place on Smichov high industrial school in Prague. It addressed students with the objective to evaluate the resources promoted during the GOW 2017 campaign as well as to discuss collaborative opportunities offered by the platform.


On March 28, vocational education school Fondazione AldiniValeriani (FAV) in Bologna hosted the Get Online Week 2017 event “Growing up digital – Chambers of commerce, Google and the digital skills galaxies“. Almost 80 people attended the 3-hour workshop. Most of them were FAV students, along with young people from Emilia Romagna, who were trained on business digitalization, and the entrepreneurs who hosted them for a 6-month practice work in their companies. In the last hour of the workshop, students were offered two games about the “digital skills galaxies”. The first game “Master Internaut” was a quiz to make students understand the world of specific online jobs and terms. In the second game, called the “Galaxies Game“, students were split into groups: each group had to identify a “sectorial galaxy” from a list (beauty, sports, agriculture etc.) which was far from the digital world. Then, each group had to discuss a way to connect the sector to digital, in order to stimulate a new way of thinking about digital skills. Learn more


One big event was Stiftung Digitale Chancen’s stand at the fair for the “Day of Helping Children and Young People” in Düsseldorf. During three days the team of SDC spoke with educators, politicians and stakeholders about good ways to grow up with digital media. On March 29, SDC in cooperation with Telefonica organized  an event for senior citizens: “Chances and challenges of the Internet: useful applications” with key note speakers and a panel discussion. Participantes were presented with the results of a study that evaluated what apps senior citizens prefer when they start to use the internet.

This is just the first glimpse at the events of the Get Online Week 2017. To get a better feeling of the campaign, please also check hashtag #GOW17 and our  Facebook and Twitter.