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e-Inclusion Newsletter - 21/09/2011

21 September 2011

Latest News

Consultation on the ERA Framework: Areas of untapped potential for the development of the European Research Area (ERA)

(13 September 2011) The Heads of State and Government of the European Union have called to address remaining gaps for the achievement of the European Research Area rapidly in order to complete the ERA by 2014 to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation. The consultation aims to reinforce the Commission analysis of the key issues to be addressed as well as to gather views on their importance: researchers' careers and mobility, research infrastructures, cross-border operation of research actors, knowledge circulation, International cooperation and cross-cutting governance issues. The outcome of the consultation will help the Commission to decide on those issues, which should be addressed as priorities when preparing by 2012 the ERA Framework, which will set out the focused, proportionate and effective measures to be taken to realize ERA.

Contribute to the Gdansk roadmap on digital inclusion

(13 September 2011) If you are active in the fight against the digital divide and have ideas on how to improve wellbeing and inclusion of people through digital literacy and skills then you should contribute to the Gdansk roadmap. The roadmap is a collaborative text from and for digital Inclusion practitioners across Europe. It aims to gather concrete solutions to our common problems; show what you - as an eInclusion practitioner - are already doing; mobilise support and tools from relevant decision makers and sectors. It is planned that the contributors with the most concrete inputs will be invited to present the most important issues from the Roadmap to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda. The Roadmap will be discussed and adopted by the delegates of the Gdansk conference on Innovation for Digital Inclusion, 5-7 October 2011 (you can still register to the conference!). The draft roadmap is expecting your contributions before Wednesday September 28, 2011. Digital literacy is one of the priorities of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The roadmap draws on stakeholder expertise and is interested also in YOUR contribution.

Contact: einclusion(at)ec.europa.eu
See also: Gdansk conference on Innovation for Digital Inclusion

Job Vacancies at the the Information Society Unit of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

(20 September 2011) The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. The mission of its Information Society Unit is to carry out research aimed at providing robust, science-based evidence and policy options that support the widespread take up and effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the economy and in society. Several job vacancies are currently open to researchers, two are related to ICT for Socio-Economic Inclusion. Deadline for application is 12 Ocotber 2011.

Contact: jrc-ipts-GH-SNE(at)ec.europa.eu

Vodafone Foundation EU Smart Accessibility Awards – Just one month to go

(20 September 2011) The Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards have been designed to promote the development of apps which can improve the lives of people with disabilities and older people to allow them to become more actively involved in society. With just five weeks of the competition remaining, the race is on for developers to submit their entry and be in with a chance of winning a share of the €200,000 prize fund. The programme is supported and co-organised by AGE Platform Europe, the European network of around 160 organisations of and for people aged 50+, and the European Disability Forum (EDF), the NGO that represents the interests of 80 million Europeans with disabilities. Entries from across Europe will go head to head to win a share of the total prize fund of the €200,000 that will be split equally between four winners. The competition is open until 15 October 2011. All entries should be submitted to http://developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011/. All qualifying entries will be evaluated in November by a jury consisting of representatives from AGE Platform Europe, European Disability Forum and Vodafone Foundation. Twelve finalists will be selected and requested to present their application before the final jury in Brussels in early December at a live final, where the four overall winners will be chosen.

Contact: Vodafone Group Media Relations

Digital Agenda for Europe - Going Local

16 September 2011

The European Commission is "Going Local" to all Member States, to discuss key areas of the Digital Agenda for Europe with targeted audiences. In 2010 similar visits were held in Member States. This year's "Going Local" will build on this experience and expand its scope. Meetings are planned in capitals but also in other cities, and events are adapted to specific priorities in Member States, focusing on country-specific issues. The objectives of this exercise are: Reporting on progress of the Digital Agenda; Identifying challenges for the future; Stimulate actions and commitments. Next week, events will be held in Norway, France, Hungary and Poland.

See also: Full list of meetings

Technology-enhanced Learning: ICT Call 8 Information Day

5 October 2011 Luxembourg

The event addresses researchers interested in submitting project proposals to the 8th ICT call under FP7, objective ICT-2011.8.1: Technology-enhanced Learning. The information day aims at helping participants to better understand the work programme and criteria for the evaluation of proposals, to facilitate sharing of ideas and experiences, and to meet potential partners for project consortia. Participation to the event is free of charge but prior registration is required.

"Innovation for Digital Inclusion" conference

5 October 2011 - 7 October 2011 Gdansk, Poland

The conference, organised under the Polish Presidency of the EU, is devoted to the innovative usage of ICT solutions in addressing societal challenges. The main themes of the conference are: new developments of ICT in inclusive public services; benefits from becoming digitally included and effective models for doing it, ICT and independent living for the elderly; overview of the most innovative national and regional e-Inclusion programmes and initiatives; importance of the e-Inclusion policy to the delivery of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Towards Digital Agenda targets: Patients' access to their health data

6 October 2011 Gastein, Austria

The objective of the workshop, taking place during the 14th European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), is to provide an overview of the Digital Agenda for Europe with a specific focus on health. The challenging target to enable Europeans to have access to their health data (key action 13 in the Commission Communication a Digital Agenda for Europe) will be addressed in detail with experts in this area. The discussion will focus on how such action could contribute to enhance patients' empowerment and better care".

Contact: ehealth@ec.europa.eu
See also: ICT for Health at the EU

ICT Finance MarketPlace Venture Academy and Investment Forum for SMEs

27 October 2011 - 28 October 2011 Poznan, Poland

ICT Finance MarketPlace is an initiative to improve access to finance for innovative ICT Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The event is run in conjunction with the Future Internet Week at the same venue. SMEs, coaches and investors are expected to attend. The Venture Academy consists of a one-day, coaching event where experienced coaches from relevant industry areas will help SMEs pragmatically to develop their pitching skills towards potential investors. The Investment Forum offers SMEs the opportunity to showcase their business in front of an international network of venture capital and corporate investors, strategic partners and expert advisors.

See also: Registration

Workshop: European Accessibility requirements in public procurement of ICT products and services

28 October 2011 Brussels, Belgium

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are organising this open workshop on "European Accessibility requirements in public procurement of ICT products and services". This is the second of a series of three workshops that give stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the work, to discuss the latest drafts of the standards and reports and to give feedback about the work being done. The workshop programme will be available in early September.

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