Now open: registrations for Spark13 – the 4th Global Forum on Telecentres

GF13-SPARK_flameHGThe upcoming 4th Global Forum on Telecentres, also known as Spark, that will take place from May 28-29, 2013 in Granada, Spain.

GF13-SPARK_logo_txtHHosted by Telecentre.org Foundation, Telecentre-Europe, Comunidad de Redes de Telecentros, Red Guadalinfo, and the National Information Society Agency of Korea, Spark will bring together leading information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) and telecentre stakeholders to learn from each other, build strategic partnerships, explore opportunities, and develop solutions and services to extend the full benefits of ICT to underserved communities and individuals everywhere.

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Sign up for the Voices of Our Future Training Program 2013

On April 2, World Pulse is launching the fourth annual year of Voices of Our Future, an online training program in citizen journalism and digital empowerment for emerging grassroots women leaders.

After an initial screening during a month-long application process, selected applicants will enter a full five-month long program starting in June,where they will gain the tools and knowledge to vocalize and actualize their visions for themselves, their communities and the world.

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Webinar on MS Office 2013: recording available!

Webinar_MSOffice2013HOn March 21 a free webinar took place on MS Office 2013. The webinar was organized by Connecting UpTechSoup Asia and sponsored by Microsoft Citizenship. The 1 hour recording is now available for anyone wishing to learn about what’s new in MS Office 2013.

The latest version of Microsoft Office is an overall improvement from previous versions, with new features and a refreshed user interface. The productivity suite has also been optimised for touchscreen devices, such as tablets and all-in-one PCs with touch monitors.

There are many new features sprinkled across the software within the Office suite, so watch this webinar for a live demonstration of the new Microsoft Office! It will address some of the key useful features and how eligible not-for-profits can access donated licenses from Microsoft.

UN Broadband Commission sets new gender target

ITU13_BroadbandCommissionHOn March 17, 2013 Commissioners gathered in Mexico City for the 7th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. They have agreed an ambitious new target designed to spur female access to the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The new target mandates “gender equality in broadband access by the year 2020″. At present, ITU figures confirm that in the developing world, women are much less likely to have access to technology than their male counterparts. While that disparity is lower in developed countries, a measureable gap nonetheless still exists, even in the rich world.

Get Online Week 2013 has started!

GOW13_bannerHOn March 18th at 00:00 CET the Get Online Week 2013 (#GOW2013) campaign counter was set to zero. In a joined effort to empower people to use technology to find a job or get more out of life, thousands of Europeans will be reached during the Pan-European campaign that will end on March 24th, at 24h CET.

Together with public authorithies & ICT companies, national campaign partners from almost 30 countries are organizing a whole week of exciting events, training sessions and competitions, taking place in approximately 10.000 European ICT learning centres (also known as telecentres) at public libraries, schools & municipal organisations, located in both urban and rural areas. Continue reading »

Become TE’s national Microsoft Technology Associate partner!

MTA_brochurecover2HTelecentre-Europe invites its member organizations to become the national partner for distributing a total of 2.000 donated vouchers for young people to take a free Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification exam.

Let’s help our unemployed youth to fill one of those 800.000 ICT practitioners’ vacancies expected to remain unfilled by 2015!

Microsoft has donated Telecentre-Europe free exam vouchers & learning resources (for a total estimated value of 70€) redeemable for the MTA certification exam.

MTA is an entry-level certification that helps people to explore ICT as a career choice and validates essential technology knowledge (based on Microsoft products), needed to start building a career in Microsoft technologies. It is excellent for those who want to be better prepared for the ICT job market – or even for those who are curious, but not decided yet on a career in technology.

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Global Telecentre Awards nomination closes with 254 entries in 6 categories

GTA13_banner6HThe 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.

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