The 3rd Unite-IT partners’ meeting in Riga

The third partners’ meeting of the Unite-IT project was held in Riga earlier this month on 1-2 July 2014. The meeting was hosted by the Latvian partner organization LIKTA (The Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association).

Halfway through its implementation, with the first Annual Conference and four thematic webinars behind us, the Unite IT project has reached important milestones, but there are yet challenging goals to be achieved. The first Annual Report “Digitally Empowered Europe” is on the table and all nine partners got together to take account of what has been done and to decide on upcoming activities. The recurring question during the two-day meeting was “How to make the Unite IT network more relevant and helpful for its members?

Project progress

The Unite IT project is aimed at creating a network of ICT and digital inclusion professionals (teachers, trainers, representatives from policy and industry) where they can easily share their experience and resources, build contacts among each other and create partnerships.

During the first phase of the project partners have created the Unite IT online platform for its community, which as of today has 578 members already. Based on the feedback of the users, a couple of months after its launch the Unite IT website saw a major revamp. Its new features include working group discussions, “share” options and further information about the project. During this same period, the entirely free database was set and enriched with 60 e-Inclusion good practices and policies from all over Europe, subject to a rigorous evaluation and quality guarantee procedure. Four thematic working groups are up and running, allowing users to further specialise in their preferred aspect of digital inclusion: youth employability; education and training; gender equality and vulnerable groups at risk of exclusion.

Annual Report “Digitally Empowered Europe”

Among other issues, partners discussed the first Annual Report “Digitally Empowered Europe”, which will be presented to the Unite IT community during the Annual Conference on 24th September in Zagreb. Unite IT network members will be introduced to the findings of the Report and their input will be taken into account for the second Annual Report due by the end of the year.

Next steps

In the next project development period partners will focus on the consolidation and evolution of the network. As each living organism, the Unite IT community needs valuable input, in this case, ideas, exchanges and last, but not least, animation. Partners set themselves an ambitious goal to collect up to 200 quality good practices and resources to inspire peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. The ultimate goal for the Unite IT community is to become a reference point for knowledge sharing and collaboration in the digital inclusion field in Europe.

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