At a LAN party during Get Online Week 2015 in Katrineholm Sweden

Ung Kraft (Young Power) has joined forces with Kulturhuset Ängelen to hold a LAN party. Fifteen or so children and adults have gathered. There’s an air of expectation. Most of them haven’t tried their hand at games before. And most of them don’t automatically think of games as one of the most natural ways to start programming and the fact that there is a major shortage of programmers, both now and in the future.

Three-year-old Klara doesn’t hesitate. She sits down, presses the button and exclaims – I’m really good at this!

As well as the LAN party, there has been a CoderDojo session for girls, programming sessions for adults and children, and also programming courses and translated presentations in several languages for new arrivals, chances to try technical gadgets like Arduino and classic drop-ins. A host of activities to enable everyone to improve their knowledge and ability according to their own preferences and needs.

For the fifth year in a row, the Digidel Network is organising Get Online Week in Sweden. This year we set a new Swedish record! No fewer than 121 organisations registered and took part! There have been initiatives all over Sweden, in small towns, in the countryside and in the big cities. In municipalities, libraries, study associations, schools, companies and various organisations.

Get Online Week takes place in March all over Europe, attracting very large numbers of participants. It provides a sense of community that crosses national borders involving one of the most important democratic issues of our time – digital inclusion. It is about being able to make the most of the opportunities offered by digitisation.

At present about half of all Swedes do not feel digitally included, while at the same time we know that 90% of jobs require digital competence. That’s why this is so important. To get a job, to retain our jobs and to be able to play a full role in our digitised society. But also to be able to make our voices heard.

The activity attracted a total of 3089 people who wanted to learn more. The campaign generated media attention, in newspapers, on the radio, in blogs and in social media. We were active via social channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and everyone was keen to share their experiences with one another during the week!

In the swedish report you can read selected highlights from some of the hundreds of activities that took place during Get Online Week 2015 in Sweden.

We still have major challenges ahead of us, but when we met three-year-old Klara, we were sure of one thing:

The future looks SO bright :)

//Linda Sandberg, Project Leader, Get Online Week Sweden

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