On the evening of 18 October 2018, participants of the ALL DIGITAL Summit celebrated the finalists of ALL DIGITAL Awards. Over 100 guests gathered in the Inspire Room of the Hotel Bloom in Brussels to meet the finalists, learn who the winners are, and congratulate them. The Ceremony was hosted by ALL DIGITAL Chief Operating Officer Peter Palvolgyi and Communication manager Ekaterina Clifford.
In 2018, the Awards Competition was held for the 6th time to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations across Europe that enable people to exploit the benefits and opportunities created by digital transformation.
The entries were submitted in five categories:
There was one more very important campaign in March where there was another competition, and the winners of which were also part of the celebration – the ALL DIGITAL Week. And the Awards ceremony started with this category.
The 2018 ALL DIGITAL Week campaign turned out to be one of the most successful – it united 4,070 partners from 32 countries to offer 5,445 events to over 125,000 participants. Out of the events presented on the map the jury selected the ten finalists and then the three winners. The winners were invited to participate in the Summit and the Awards Ceremony.
Both training events were a series of events:
CEO of ALL DIGITAL Laurentiu Bunescu awarded the Certificates and congratulated the winners. Learn more about the events on the campaign website
The BRIGHTS Awards have been launched by the BRIGHTS project consortium to acknowledge the best digital stories on Global Citizenship topics produced by young project participants in four countries: Belgium, Croatia, Italy and Greece. The national winners were selected in each country and, together with their trainers and tutors, they were invited to participate in the Summit and the ceremony. The digital stories, produced by winners and shown during the event, touched the hearts of the audience.
The national winners are:
The European winner was selected by the international jury, and was announced at the ceremony by Tony Sumner, co-founder of the Patient Voices, UK. It was the story "Wannes" by Wannes Hendriks from Belgium. You can watch all the stories following the links above.
The finalists in this category are:
Fernando Trujillo Saez, senior lecturer from Granada University and content creator at Conecta13 announced the winner: the BRIGHTS MOOC.
This category involved at least two ALL DIGITAL member organisations working together. The finalist projects are:
The Awards were presented by Sara Van Damme from Digipolis Gent, the Board Member of ALL DIGITAL.
The winner in this category is "Connect Seniors to the Digital World", implemented by four organisations: SDC (Stiftung Digitale Chancen), Germany; VIPT – Rural Internet Access Points Association, Lithuania, EOS - Educating for an Open Society, Romania, CIDET - Centre for the innovation and development of education and technology, Spain.
This category is usually the most exciting, as e-facilitators are the ones working every day with people in centres, helping them in their digital journeys, and also the winner is defined by both the jury and public votes combined. This year there was a tie, so four e-facilitators became the finalists, and all of them are from Spain:
Mara Jakobsone, Vice-President of Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) and Chair of ALL DIGITAL Board presented the awards and announced the Best e-facilitator 2018 - Mercedes Olea Rodriguez.
BEST DIGITAL CHANGEMAKER
Best Digital Changemaker category was presented by Austeja Trinkunajte, Secretary General of CEPIS - Council of European Professional Informatics Societies and member of the Advisory Board of ALL DIGITAL. The finalists in this category are:
And Linda Mannila became the winner in this category. Thus we started the ceremony with Finland, and finished it with the Finnish winner.
We are pleased that our finalists and winners are coming not only from the ALL DIGITAL network, but also outside of it, and we hope more and more people will learn about the awards and nominate their projects and colleagues next year.
Our big thanks to all those who sent their applications and shared the stories of people, organisations, and projects. Thank you to jury members for evaluations and to 3D Trophy Factory for creating the beautiful trophies!
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