Aptech Worldwide – one of the leading global providers of IT education – opened its training center in Bratislava where through the Non-profit organization Aptech Europe (Nezisková organizácia Aptech Europe) provides education in the area of information, communication and computer technology.
Aptech has more than 25 years of experience in IT education and is active in 40 countries – in total there are more than 1,000 centers worldwide. We cooperate with world leading companies and can competently prepare employees according to the requirements of IT companies also in other European countries in order to satisfy their educational needs.
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Teb Youth Association (TEB) is located in Barcelona and works in fields related to community networks and technology, and participates both in local as in international projects. They are experts in networking, coworking & social innovation and work with social institutions, training centers, universities & companies. TEB is flexible, innovative and social.
Born 20 years ago,TEB manages a sustainable, user-oriented telecentre which is one of the first telecenters in Spain, and led to the birth of the 1st telecentre network in Catalonia, in 1999. Currently, TEB works for the Catalan government in coordinating and assisting the 750 centers of the PuntTIC.cat network and its e-inclusion telecenters (Xarxa-Omnia.org). TEB also works in collaboration with the city of Barcelona and the Provincial Government of Barcelona.
The Cities On Internet Association (COI) A nongovernmental organization tasked with bridging the gap between public entities, IT companies and the research community, focused on digital literacy, e-government, e-inclusion, the Information Society and the knowledge-based economy.
In recent yeears COI focuses prominently on the digital literacy training of adults. The organization has 3 permanent locations in Poland, with a number of regional project offices in most of the regions. COI actively co-operates with the Ministry of Administration and Digitization and with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Since 1999, COI acts as a Branch Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU, and coordinates the e-inclusion platform which is tasked with combating the “digital divide”. Since 2007, COI experts act within the network of the National Contact Points for the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Proramme ICT component. Since 2011, COI coordinates the National Digital Literacy Programme, the largest endeavor of its kind in Europe, ultimately targeting 60.000 adults.
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The Albanian Institute of Science is an organization where social and professional activists of different fields work to put innovation and new information technologies in the benefit of the community and development policy.
The Albanian Institute of Science (AIS) projects and activities aim to create spaces of communication and civic information. This is done in order to gain social usefulness, as well as transparency and monitoring of public policy. AIS activity consists in creating opportunities for using innovation for the benefit of giving quality information to young people and various groups during the education process.
During 2011-2012, AIS has successfully accomplished one of the projects with the most social and media impacts in Albania: Open Data Albania. Its slogan was “Promoting Transparency Through Data” and one of the national activities carried out by AIS is an Open Data Day in Tirana, also called Open Datathon Albania – Hackathon Day, held in Tirana on December 20, while it was held at the same time in many other European and US cities.
The Center of Telematics and Applications for Regional Development (Telematics Center) of the Computer Technology Institute and Press (CTI “Diophantus”), supervised by the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, has a basic objective to enhance regional development through the effective use of new ICT for the regions covered from the institute.
- To operate as a lever for regional development and interregional collaboration
- To carry out applied research for the development and support of specialized ICT applications for the public and private regional sectors (in Western Greece)
- To develop, support and operate information systems useful for the activities of education in Greece
- Design and implementation of regional development and interregional collaboration actions under the framework of several European and National initiatives and programs
- Provision of advanced research telematics solutions
- Design, develop, operate and support telematics services for the Greek Ministry of Education
Established in 2005, “Open the Windows” (OtW) is the only non-governmental organization in Macedonia specifically focusing on promoting assistive technology.
Led by its vision “to build a world where technology enables all persons to fully exploit their potentials”, the organization has a double role:
- On one hand, OtW acts a service provider that enables access to computers and Internet for persons with various disabilities (physical, intellectual, visual) by using assistive information technology, i.e. hardware and software adjusted to the individual needs of the user. A professional team of special educators and an IT specialist use computers as tools in improving cognitive functions of users, developing their communication skills, obtaining IT skills and knowledge favorable for users’ education or employment, etc. Over 90 persons with disabilities aged between 6 and 40 have used the services of OtW since its establishment in 2005; currently, over 35 persons with disabilities use the free services of the organization.
- On the other hand, OtW is a project-based organization that promotes assistive technology use within society through capacity building of other relevant actors from both the public and civic sector and dissemination of information and knowledge. The organization provided equipment and training to establish accessible IT Centers at ten public day-care centers, as well as for civic organizations and service providers throughout Macedonia. Also, OtW has so far published and distributed ten manuals on topics related to assistive technology. In order to fill the existing lack of assistive devices on the Macedonian market, OtW mastered the production of five assistive devices (chin controller, foot controller, switch, big-button controller and access interface) and the adjustment of 4 three standard devices into assistive (joystick, trackball and mouse). The locally produced or adjusted products are significantly cheaper than comparable devices from abroad.
In 2010/2011, OtW was focusing on promoting assistive technology use in mainstream primary schools. A national needs assessment was carried out, followed by the provision of equipment (assistive devices) and training to selected 21 schools in the country, introducing assistive technology to the Macedonian education system for the first time.
EPMA, European Projects & Management Agency, is a non-profit organization, settled by Region Vysocina and BMI Association in 2004.
The main objective of EPMA is to develop international project based co-operation of European regions and regional partners towards knowledge based information society.
This objective is implemented through activities like research, awareness rising, project management support and networking and with a desire to strength a dialog and co-operation between public administrations, research communities, business organizations and civic initiatives in Vysocina and other regions.