The response to Telecentre.org Foundation‘s call for entries to the 1st Global Telecentre Awards was overwhelming. As of the March 8 deadline, TCF received a total of 254 entries distributed in 6 different categories.
Of the total number of entries received, 48% are in Spanish, 37% in English, while the remaining 15% are a mixture of Arabic, Russian and French. Over the next few weeks, these entries will be subjected to an initial screening process by a special panel of evaluators to determine the top 3 semifinalists in each category.
Following this, an online voting will be held in April through TCF’s community websites to enable members to show their support for the nominated entries of their choice. Entries with the highest number of votes will be declared as the Global Community’s Choice awardees.
» Read more on our community site
The Consortium for the Commemoration of the First Millennium of the Foundation of Granada’s Kingdom (also known as Millennium) and Telecentre.org Foundation signed a cooperation agreement on March 5, 2013 incorporating the celebration of the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres (Spark 13) into the Millennium’s program.
Millennium commemorates the founding of the Kingdom of Granada a thousand years ago. Under the slogan “Live a thousand years,” the organization’s committee aims to promote and disseminate a wide variety of high level cultural, sporting, and social activities throughout the celebration.
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On wednesday February 27th the upcoming #Spark13 conference – also known as the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres - was presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The event, which was hosted by the Spanish journalist Paco Lobatón, was streamed live by the Spanish telecentre network Guadalinfo.
A first broadcast happened at 11h CET from the stand of Telefonica and a second broadcast took place at 13h30 CET from the stand of Vodafone.
A first intervention was done (in Spanish) by Vicente Fernández Guerrero, Secretary General of Innovation, Industry and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment of the Government of Andalusia.
After, the heads of the Spark Organizing Committee each held a speech:
» Miguel Raimilla, Executive Director of Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF): The first part of his speech (in English) referred to the Spark conference and its characteristics. The second part of his speech (in Spanish) explained why Telecentre.org has chosen Andalusia to celebrate the global conference.
» Gabriel Rissola, Managing Director of Telecentre-Europe (TE). His speech (in English) explained what the European network is about and why the Spark conference is important for the strategic goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
» Juan Francisco Delgado, President of the Association of Community Telecentre Networks in Spain and Chief Executive Officer of the Guadalinfo Network.His speech (in Spanish) concluded the act and invited the audience to start living the Spark conference from now on, through the online channels and the twitter hashtag #Spark13.
» view pictures of the event (made by TEB Youth Association)
Brussels, BELGIUM | 26 FEBRUARY 2013
Today, youth unemployment in the EU27 is higher than 20%. While demand for employees with ICT skills is growing by around 3% a year, pessimistic projections warn that if nothing is done to resolve the mismatch between current skills and needs of the labour market, up to 800.000 (1) ICT practitioners’ vacancies will remain unfilled by 2015.
Accenture, Liberty Global and Microsoft decided to take action. Together with Telecentre-Europe, an umbrella organisation that represents ICT learning centres & library networks from all over Europe, they created the Get Online Week Alliance that will support this year’s Get Online Week campaign – happening between 18-24 March 2013.around 3% a year, pessimistic projections warn that if nothing is done to resolve the mismatch between current skills and needs of the labour market, up to 800.000 (1) ICT practitioners’ vacancies will remain unfilled by 2015.
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The 2012 Annual Report for Telecentre.org Foundation (TCF) is now available for download.
This 10-page report presents a comprehensive look at TCF’s accomplishments during the Year 2012 and highlights efforts made under TCF programs and initiatives such as Telecentre Women, Telecentre Sustainability, and the Global Community.
» Download a copy of the report
TCF is down to the last two days of acceptance of entries to theGlobal Telecentre Awards. To date, they have received a total of 59 entries distributed among six categories namely: Telecentre,Telecentre Manager, Telecentre Network, Telecentre Initiative,Telecentre Innovation, and Information Access Center.
Entries to the awards should be made via a blog post in any of Telecentre.org Foundation’s online communities in English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and French.
» For details, read the Awards guidelines.
Taking place for the first time this year, the Awards seek to recognize deserving individuals, networks and organizations in the global telecentre movement in a bid to push excellence in the delivery of ICT-based services to the communities in different parts of the world.
Major winners will get a chance to personally claim their award during the Spark event (also known as the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres) that will take place from May 28-29 in Granada, Spain.
» Read related announcement: TCF launches 1st Global Telecentre Awards
It’s time to show your support once again for the outstanding players in the telecentre movement. Several telecentre projects have been nominated for the World Summit on Information Society Project Prizes 2013–including Telecentre.org Foundation’s own Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign – and they need your votes to win!
» To vote for the Telecentre Women: Digital Literacy Campaign in the category for Capacity Building (Category 4), click here.
» To read about and vote for projects from telecentre networks and partners, see the list on our community site