Telecentre Europe Awards 2016

Telecentre Europe AISBL has established the Telecentre Europe Awards to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations across Europe that enable people to get to grips with technology.

Thousands of individuals and hundreds of organisations around Europe work daily with communities to empower citizens through technology and the Internet: from teaching digital literacy and online safety to carrying out transactions with government and boosting entrepreneurship, from supporting young people’s employability to uniting different stakeholders for ensuring digital inclusion.

Telecentre Europe Awards acknowledge their innovation, dedication and the inspiring role they play to many people.

What We Celebrate

In 2016, Telecentre Europe Awards recognised individuals and organisations in four different categories:

Learn more about each category, see the entries, and find out the finalists and winners by clicking on each category.

2016 Finalists and Winners Celebrated in Ghent

Check who the winners are and read about the Awards Ceremony in this blogpost

Voting for Unite-IT Community Members

The voting takes place on the Unite-IT website with 'likes' of entries during September 6-14 for the first three categories and during September 12-18 for the Best Practices. You need to be a registered member of Unite-IT and have to be logged in to be able to vote, i.e. to 'like' the entry. You can vote for ONE entry in each category.

For potential new members - only complete and relevant profiles in English will be approved by the community manager. Blank or partially filled profiles will not be approved or allowed to vote.

Follow the links above to see the full description, assessment criteria, eligible entries, and vote for the best in each category.

Win a trip to Ghent!

The three finalists in each category were invited to attend the Telecentre Europe Annual Conference organised in Ghent, Belgium, on 6-8th October 2016.  

All finalists were entitled to FREE accommodation (1 person for 2 nights). Award winners (one in each category) also had their travel expenses covered by Telecentre Europe.


The Awards ceremony was held in Ghent, Belgium on the evening of the 7th October 2016 in the beautiful Ghent City Hall.

All finalists received certificates and winners also received gadget prizes, and their work was highlighted to the audience of 100 participants.

Read about the Awards Ceremony in this blogpost.

Eligibility criteria

Entries were accepted from organisations and individuals who work in wider Europe (not limited to EU28) in the field of digital inclusion and employability.

Terms and conditions

Nominations had to be completed in English and submitted through online forms, indicated in each category description.

The winners in the two individual categories (Best E-Facilitator and Best Digital Changemaker) were selected directly by the public online voting for Unite-IT members.

For the two organizational categories (Best Multi-Stakeholder Partnership and Best Practice), a jury assessed the nominations against a set of criteria and chose the best five. These selected five then entered the online voting for Unite-IT members.

  • Call for awards: 28.06.2016
  • Submission deadline: 31.08.2016
  • Evaluation: 01.09-05.09.2016
  • Public voting: 06.08-14.09.2016 for the first three categories, 12.09-18.09.2016 for Best Practice
  • Announcement of winners: 16.09.2016 and 19.09.2016 correspondingly

Social media: #TelecentreAwards16

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