Annika Östergren Pofantis
European Commission, DG Connect,
Stakeholders Unit and Digital Futures
Annika Östergren Pofantis,
European Commission, DG Connect
Helping every European become digital
Unlocking huge economic and social
Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion, is the Chairwoman of Go ON UK
which aims to make the UK the world's most digitally skilled nation.
• Free public
computers & the
internet in public
• Help people
acquire ICT skills
• Free wifi zones
in rural and
The Romanian Digital Champion equipped
2,300 libraries with 10,000 computers.
Opening Up Education
• Promoting early
• Promoting online
teachers to share
VP Kroes and Lord David Puttnam (IRE) met with
students and Future Creators, who learn coding,
film-making and app development to be
encouraged to consider a "digital" career.
Basic coding skills
The Finnish Champion initiated the
Rails Girls project, which aims to
overcome the gender divide in
The Belgian Champion has organised
more than five CoderDojos, which
aim to teach basic coding skills to
children, teachers and CEOs.
This session was for senior managers,
but coached by children.
Hands-on social media workshops
The Austrian Champion’s initiative Digitalks aims to
raise awareness of new digital technologies such as
wikis, blogs, social networks and mobile platforms.
The School Dance
The Slovak Champion runs a project connecting 300 schools
and kindergartens. Young people learn in a fun way the
basic principles of how to create a team, record a dance
video and create an interactive poster through technology.
Grand Coalitions for Digital Jobs
the launch of
for digital skills
and jobs in
Poland, Spain and
In Poland the main tasks of the Coalition are to
broaden digital participation, increase trust, raise
awareness of the benefits of internet literacy and to
ensure broadband access.
Promoting entrepreneurship, startups & innovation
• The Bulgarian Digital
established a StartUp Advisory Board
entrepreneurs and in
February 2013 she
ran a start-up week.
• The Cypriot Champion
runs ICT innovation
Fighting youth unemployment
The Belgian Champion organised a competition with an organisation to
make an app to better link young people with job opportunities. This app is
now in production.
Find out more
• Digital Agenda Europe