In the beginning of February association Langas I Ateiti together with Microsoft organized the 6th annual NGO Connection Day 2015 in Lithuania. This year effective cloud computing services for NGOs, organization data security and opportunities for NGOs during new EU Programming period 2014-2020 were in the spotlight.

Great interest in IT solutions
The event at the Microsoft Lithuania headquarters attracted participants from 30 different youth NGOs. “Efficiently functioning NGOs indicate the maturity of the state. Up-to-date information technologies can help to reveal the society its possibilities. For this reason we support non-governmental initiatives and help them to optimize working processes. At the moment we work with 86,000 NGOs all over the globe providing them with technology solutions that, we believe, improve their daily work both - inside the organizations and working with local communities,” said Kristijonas Kaikaris, the general manager of Microsoft Lithuania during his welcome speech of the event.

Widen horizons
This year the purpose of the NGO Connection Day was to provide youth NGOs with useful versatile information needed for their daily activities. The guest from Baltic cyber security forum highlighted the importance of organizational data protection and the threats of losing inside data together with reputation of the organization. He explained wide range of security tools and provided tips picking the right ones for own organization. The guest from Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania presented instruments and action programmes of the 2014-2020 EU structural funds that could be expedient to get deeper in and look for the niche to participate in the submission of the applications.  

Long-term partnership
Association Langas I Ateiti is in the close partnership with Microsoft since 2008. For the last 3 years Langas I Ateiti implements YouthSpark programme in Lithuania. At the moment the project “Towards Your Future With IT” is being implemented in 16 municipal libraries. Two weeks courses are composed of PC and office applications basics, online services, social networking, netiquette, business communication and other topics. The target is to reach 800 young 16-24 y.o. people.

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