The eighth edition of the European Get Online Week (GOW) to digitally empower people was celebrated on 27 March -2 April, 2017. It was held under the patronage of Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and supported by Liberty Global, Cisco, Certiport, and Mozilla Foundation.
The GOW17 campaign challenged Europeans to learn, participate, share and create through thousands of events and activities supporting the digital transformation and its effects. This year, 2,849 organisations in 25 countries engaged over 92,460 participants in 3,506 events and reached millions.The campaign proved again the necessity to raise awareness about ICT competence and the importance of giving every European digital skills.
Themes and events
In the spirit of the GOW campaign to support the digital transformation, our partners ran an array of events both at national and local levels to include various audiences and support them in their online journeys.Get Online Week 2017 brought organisations across Europe together to support citizens to be better able to protect themselves online, to understand more about doing government and financial transactions online and to be empowered to create new career opportunities.
To facilitate the campaign at a national level, they had prepared easy-to-use plans and scripts, organized webinars and live broadcasts of their events.
CYBERSECURITY – USE TECHNOLOGY SAFELY
Informative events about personal data, online banking, and safety online
Awareness raising workshops and seminars about the use of social media
Workshops for teachers and parents about secure apps for children and protecting them online
Training in copyright and intellectual property on the internet
KEEP UP WITH E-SERVICES
Events on active citizenship and available tools to engage with local and EU politicians
Seminars how to create Accessible web services
Training on online banking, shopping and digital payments
Workshops introducing citizens to local government services and transactions
Webinars on paying taxes and bills online.
EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP – LEARN NEW SKILLS FOR JOBS AND NEW BUSINESS
Training events using CISCO Networking Academy, Certiport, and Mozilla Foundation to teach basic IT knowledge
Workshops for young people to assess their skills on Skillage.eu
Workshops to create online portfolios using YouRock.jobs and boost youth’s employability
Coding classes for kids and teenagers to explore ICT related careers
Other awareness raising events such as conferences, contests, career fairs, awards.
I-LINC – the platform to share
In 2017, all campaign partners and stakeholders used the I-LINC platform to share, connect and learn from each other. I-LINC is a stakeholder platform on digital skills towards employability and entrepreneurship, and it hosted GOW updates and interactions through the GOW17 community, its discussion forum and articles from national partners.
National partners collaborated with local and national media channels to raise awareness about the campaign. #GOW17 was a trending topic on Twitter and Facebook, the hashtag brings 1,700 results in search engines. Our partners reported 700 instances in both offline and online national and regional media, hundreds of social media posts, all resulting in over 9,000,000 people reach.