eSkills for Jobs 2016 High level Conference

Europe in the Digital era – where skills are making the difference

18 October 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia

 08:30 – 09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00 – 09:45 Opening: A Digital Europe for all

Taking stock of the Europe’s digital economy and e-skills needed to sustain its success. How digital skills across all sectors of the economy and for all are paramount to Europe’s economic growth.

Welcome: Mario Lelovsky, President of ITAS

  • Confirmed Keynote speeches
    • Peter Pellegrini, Vice Prime Minister of Investments, EU funds and eGovernment and Digital Champion, Slovak Government
    • Ivan Štefanec, Member of the European Parliament, Slovakia and eSkills for Jobs Ambassador
    • Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission
09:45 – 10:45 Panel 1. Europe’s future digital landscape

A high level view of what the Digital Europe of tomorrow will look like and the type of digital jobs that will prevail. Presentations on how our lives will be affected by technology innovation


Confirmed Panellists

  • Mara Jacobsone, President Telecentre-Europe
  • Roman Talaš, Smart city architect, CEO Urban institute of Slovakia
  • Piotr Pluta, Director Corporate Affairs – EMEAR, Cisco.  Country Digitization Acceleration – what’s in it for Europe?
  • Zuzana Nehajova, Ernst & Young, Leader of InnovEYtion Centre. The digital transformation of business and industry
  • Jens Thau, EBF chairman of the European Banking Committee for European Social Affairs
10:45 – 11:15
11:15 – 12:15


Panel 2. Digital jobs of tomorrow

Senior industry representatives present the digital jobs of tomorrow.

Moderator: Andrea Parola, General Manager European e-Skills Association

Confirmed Panellists

12:15 – 13:00 Panel 3. Europe’s current digital landscape – Are we ready for the digital economy?

So we know we know where we need to be, but how well placed are we today to get there? How the market handles digital skills and applies them to job market? What are the needs of various markets both in Europe and in Slovakia in digital skills? What are the policies to be implemented towards that?

Keynote speech

Confirmed Panellists

  • Jiri Holoubek, Electronic Association of the Czech Republic
  • Hans Martens, Digital Citizenship Programme Manager, EUN. Is Europe’s digital educational system ready for the future?
  • Maria Bielikova, Dean of Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies, Bratislava
  • Erik Ballhausen, DG EACEA, European Commission
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch


 14:00 – 14:45 WORKSHOP I: Skilling up through digital training

Case studies of where citizens and job seekers can find the digital training needed to meet their needs’ to Case Studies of where digital training can meet the needs of all citizens, from business professionals, entrepreneurs, students to the unemployed

Moderator: Danny Gooris, Senior Manager, EMEA Oracle Academy. What industry brings to the table. How different channels exist for different needs.

Confirmed Panellists

14:45 – 15:30 WORKSHOP II: Women in tech

How women contribute to information technology

Moderator: Cheryl  Milller, Cofounder and Executive Director, Digital Leadership Institute


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 – 17:00 Panel 4 – Reaching to the future – The way forward

Moderator: Mario Lelovsky, President, ITAS

Confirmed Panellists:

  • Piotr Pluta, CISCO – Evaluation of the Cisco Creathon
  • Dusan Chrenek, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia
  • John Higgins, Director General DIGITALEUROPE. Presentation of eSkills industry declaration



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