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Saturday, November 25

  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    8:57pm

    Digital technologies are affecting the emergence of disruptive business models, challenging traditional hierarchies and creating new commercial value systems as illustrated e.g. by the all-permeating use of data analytics (6)

    It is already amply documented (3) that there are already hundreds of thousands of ICT related job vacancies in Europe and the US across all industry sectors due to lack of suitable digital skills among the young.

    The number of these vacancies is growing as our traditional educational institutions struggle against deeply entrenched entropic resistance to rapid change which, in turn, results in a growing skills mismatch (4).

    In the context of the overall “digital disruption” a drastic re-think of both formal and informal education and skill acquisition programs is taking place at all levels both in Europe, the US and elsewhere to address the issue of digital education and skills.

    Furthermore, Digital Enlightenment Forum (1) debates and reports lead to the conclusion that the sought after “digital literacy” cannot and must not be limited to the necessary prerequisites of the digital equivalent of “reading, writing and arithmetic” but extend to the acquisition of a certain degree of “professionalism”, including:

    • Functional skills (e.g. in data analytics or mobile apps)
    • Critical thinking and selection skills
    • Effective communication and collaboration skills

    There are already budgeted new EU initiatives to address this via the creation of Skills Hubs, usually within an Innovation Hub with a broader scope.

    In a number of EU regions, where the skills mismatch is worse than the average in the EU (see Eurostat) it further aggravates the tragic youth unemployment situation (e.g. Greece, Spain).

    There are in such regions large numbers of young (many with university degrees in STEMS) who are unemployed. At the same time there is a growing demand by healthy and growing enterprises in the digital domain and increasingly, in other business sectors ready to hire candidates possessing suitable ICT skills that they need.

    This is where the idea and ensuing proposal for a Skills Hub comes in.

    Unlike most other EU and US related initiatives it is not proposed to set up a full Innovation Hub (2) but rather just one of the key components of such an Innovation Hub, a Skills Hub which enables young people to acquire, in a relatively short time, functional digital skills which will make them immediately “hirable” by existing companies.

    The approach to be developed will combine mini and “flipped” courses, self- regulated learning, mentoring and aim only at clearly measurable skill acquisition.

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Wednesday, November 22

Monday, November 20

  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    2:31pm
  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    2:29pm
  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    2:28pm

    The Digital Skills Hub, powered by ALBA Digital Academy, in cooperation with DigEnlight

    aspiration and scope

    SOCIAL FOCUS/IMPACT: Employability

    The Digital Skills Hub is a learning initiative that is part of the Digital Skills Academy. The Digital Skills Hub is addressed to STEM majors and University Graduates and aspires to:

    -          Educate STEM graduates with contemporary ICT and AI knowledge and skills &

    -          Empower STEM graduates with self- awareness, self – confidence and self - leadership competencies (critical thinking, effective communication and collaboration skills)

    in order to assist them pursue a job and build a career in the Digital Economy.

    BUSINESS FOCUS/IMPACT: Matching Digital Talents with Corporate Needs

    The Digital Skills Hub, aims at connecting individuals with Organizations that are in an evolving and exponential need for digital talent that will assist them to navigate through the challenges of Digital Transformation.

    COMMUNITY FOCUS/IMPACT

    The Digital Skills Hub aspires to establish Greece as an ecosystem/ hub of value creation in the fields of technology and software development.

    INTERNATIONAL POTENTIAL/ IMPACT

    The Digital Skills Hub will cooperate with the Digital Enlightenment Forum, and the related European expert network to enable the Digital Skills Hub   to demonstrate its viability and sustainability. Our aim is to make this initiative a pilot, catalyst and a showcase model for similar initiatives in EU countries.

    characteristics, dimensions & approach

    EMERGING, DYNAMIC & ADAPTIVE

    Operating within a disruptive and ever-changing technological environment and in a disruptive market, the Digital skills Hub will be flexible and continuously adapt learning priorities and methodologies in order to successfully respond to changing and evolving technological challenges, needs and demands. It aims at quick and measurable results with skill acquisition programs of relatively short duration that enable those completing them to immediately fill available positions in companies.

    The close interaction/ collaboration/ co-creation with local corporations lies at the core of the endeavor and provides opportunities for constant iterations and innovations that will add value both to individuals and employers.

    LEARNING IN ACTION

    Through its close links with corporations, the Digital Skills Hub aims providing its “graduates” with the opportunity to apply their skills in the industry, through internships that will provide mutual value for the interns and the Organizations.

    CONVERGENCE OF KNOWLEDGE

    Through the dynamic interface, joint...

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  • Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum
    2:27pm

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