Lightning Talks at ALL DIGITAL Summit 2018

Lightning Talks are back! Those 5-minute speedy presentations of various projects have proved to be popular for the last two years, so ALL DIGITAL Summit 2018 will host this session again on 19 October.

The talks do not cover the typical project quantitative results and deliverables, we only need the learning and insight. Each presenter has five minutes to answer the same questions:

  • What was the project about?
  • What social impact has the project made?
  • What would you change if you had to start over?
  • What would you keep the same?
  • What have you learned?

Lightning talks will be followed by brief questions from the audience, so we encourage you to learn about the projects beforehand.

1. Makers for Inclusion

Martina Mayrhofer, cooperative Colectic SCCL, Spain
MakersImage-ENBarcelona is a city full of IoT projects, maker spaces, innovation hubs, design labs, co-working spaces, etc. But there is also a clear tendency that you find these kind of spaces/labs in areas with medium and higher socio-economic level and hardly any in lower income areas. There’s a risk of creating Barcelona of two velocities, with a strong second level technology gap. We started analysing the reasons why activities related to digital manufacturing are not present in this neighbourhood with low socio-economic level, high percentage of migration, complex community situation. What are the risk factors and how can we tackle them? We have created the Makers for Inclusion project to:

  • improve the self-esteem, autonomy and empowerment of the participants;
  • co-design as active involvement, design their own professional future and the required learning;
  • based on community needs, involve in social and solidarity economy;
  • analyse the possibilities of new professional profiles around technology and education, based on the needs identified from the school community in the neighbourhood.

2.  Digital Skills for You(th)

Virginia Pareja, Fundación Esplai, Spain

Logo_DS4YthFunded by the Erasmus+ Programme, Digital Skills for You(th) DS4Y project aims at developing and piloting a blended learning offer for professionals working with disadvantaged young people. The offer focuses on a strength-oriented approach for their young target group concerning digital opportunities and challenges.

The conducted research and resulting Report on the framework conditions for training offers in digital youth work revealed there is a lack of digital approach in the social work addressed to youth. Based on the report conclusions, a blended-learning concept note and training were developed. Professionals from various areas of social, child and youth work tested and evaluated the contents of the training on nine different topics: Social media, digital curiosities, cyberbullying, gaming, coding, e-participation, algorithms, digital rights & obligations, data protection.

The aim of the training is to expand the professionals’ own competences in the field of digitization and to use them in their daily work with vulnerable children and young people.

The project is coordinated by Stiftung Digitale Chancen (Germany) in partnership with NCBI (Czech Republic) and Fundación ESPLAI (Spain).

3. Promoters of Computational Thinkers

Laura Grinevičiūtė, Association Rural Internet Access Points, Lithuania

ImagePromoters of Computational Thinkers‘ project is aimed at promoting computer learning based on teaching secondary school Computer Science teachers how to create mobile apps in a classroom. In recent years’ app programming for children has gained attention as mobile devices have been actively used by children from a very young age. To offer children making a mobile app for their phone has been seen as an exciting activity. Including mobile apps in a class or after school activities would be an important element encouraging children to become creators and develop vital problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

By participating in the project 100 Computer Science teachers of secondary schools:

  • Got acquainted with mobile app programming and learned to build mobile applications (Android Studio) through participating in face-to-face training;
  • Learned to design engaging content in a teaching process based on three key components: creating mobile apps, team building, and project based learning;
  • Together with children created mobile apps in a class and during after-school activities.

The project was funded by Google CSEduGrants in 2017-2018. It was extended in 2018-2019.

4. Smart Women

Matthew Borg, Malta Communications Authority

SmartWomen_logoSmart Women is a KA2 Erasmus+ project led by the Malta Communications Authority with the support of six other ALL DIGITAL member organisations. The main aim of the project is to encourage women to become successful entrepreneurs. Throughout the project, an innovative training programme supported by an online portal was developed. The training aims at increasing women’s knowledge on the importance of e-commerce in today’s competitive environment and provide them access to a range of resources and tools specially made for women entrepreneurs. The piloting was held in all of the partnering countries with positive feedback and good results.  After the project ends, the training programme will continue being offered in all of the partnering countries funded by the partner organizations themselves.

5. Les Bons Clics: helping the helpers

Cecilia Creuzet, WeTechCare, France

les bons clicksWeTechCare is a French nonprofit start up aiming to spark social and economic inclusion through new digital services development, with its sister organization Emmaüs Connect. Together they provide digital access, assistance and training to thousands of users across France (through 9 digital centers, 2 online platforms with a reach in the hundreds of thousands people): Clicnjob and Les Bons Clics.

LesBonsClics, the second web platform, aims to enable anyone to teach basic digital skills and key online services to those who are not digital users. This platform contains pedagogical and training material, both for trainers and trainees, as well as collaborative tools for helpers able to train anyone. The platform has set up a digital diagnosis tool. It also trains people who are affected by a lack of digital skills, supplying them e-learning modules and online services. In late June 2018, there were 528 applications for registration by professional structures, 1,171 social helpers and more than 1,306 beneficiaries.

This platform allows to increase awareness about the importance of e-inclusion, assess the level of users, direct people through digital centers and finally, support users pedagogically.

6. Lie Detectors

Adeline Brion, Lie Detectors, Belgium

lie detectors LOGOA proliferation of news and fake-news sources, distribution networks combined with a greater polarisation by mainstream press makes it increasingly hard to tell fact from fiction. Young people report being turned off politics because of a feeling of alienation in the face of misinformation.

LIE DETECTORS helps teenagers learn how to spot and resist the manipulative media crowding their social media accounts as they start to forge an independent world view. It promotes positive and non-political contact between young people and journalists by sending working journalists into schools to deliver interactive classroom sessions. The sessions help children understand how mainstream media works and raise their awareness about misinformation.

Lie Detectors aims to empower young people to base their choices on reliable information and be actively aware of bias and persuasion.

7. Digitalities. Driving inclusive digital transformation

Antonio Román-Casas, AUPEX, Spain

DigitalitiesAre we aware of the magnitude of the digital transformation and its impact in our society?

From global issues related to European trends and policy, to regional and local projects that foster entrepreneurship, citizenship participation and confidence in digital technologies, we all need to create new and inspiring frameworks for the design of collaboration strategies among different organizations, institutions and stakeholders, in order to translate digital opportunities into real opportunities for employment and social inclusion. This is the aim of the Congress on Digital Skills, ‘Driving inclusive digital transformation’ organized by Aupex in Extremadura on the 30th of October.

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