Digital Inclusion Summit, leaving no one behind

Digital Inclusion Summit, leaving no one behind
Online

Digital Inclusion Summit, leaving no one behind

7–8 July 2021
The course is available in English

"Everyone should have an equal opportunity to become empowered through ICT."

– UN General Assembly, May 2020

Key features
Global conversations

Engage in online discussions on digital inclusion strategies and initiatives

Dynamic exhibition

Learn about the best global digital inclusion practices, showcased worldwide, virtually

Impact-driven

Contribute to shape the Digital Inclusion Framework of Action

Skilled specialists

Gain insights from global experts and practitioners in the field

The digital revolution is having a twofold impact on adult learning: it is changing the world of work, and therefore the competences that workers should develop, and it is redesigning the way learning takes place. As the COVID-19 emergency has shown, the increased use of digital technologies risks to further exclude vulnerable citizens from their lifelong learning journeys: to balance this risk and to enjoy the full impact of the digital revolution, it is time to act by fostering digitally inclusive approaches. The Digital Inclusion Summit will shape collectively a framework of action, inspired by good practices across the globe and provide you with the necessary tools and practices in order not to leave anyone behind through digital technologies.

"We urgently need to address the growing digital gender gap and put digital technology to work for those who need it most: the vulnerable, the marginalized, those living in poverty, and people suffering from discrimination of all kinds."

– UN Secretary-General António Guterres, message to the Internet Governance Forum

 

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The power of digital inclusion

Digital inclusion is not about hardware or software, it is about leveraging a different mindset, which embraces cultural and cognitive diversity to the fullest, and which is part of a larger digital ecosystem. COVID-19 has shown the amazing potential of digital solutions for lifelong learning and employability, but has also confirmed that an increased use of digital technologies can exclude vulnerable citizens. This event aims, through a marathon of conversations, interactions and networked collaborations, to reach a comprehensive view on this complex issue.

What do we want to do? 
  • Co-create a comprehensive framework of action that systematically integrates the digital inclusion dimension in the world of lifelong learning
  • Get inspired by innovative, impactful and transferable practices from across the globe and learn from experts in the field how to design successful digital inclusion interventions
  • Build a reflective community of practice where knowledge exchange creates unique learning opportunities for professionals with an interest in digital inclusion for lifelong learning.
Who is the Summit for? 
  • Individuals (grassroots practitioners, researchers, experts) who want to learn about latest developments and best practices in the field 
  • Organisations (training providers, NGOs, etc) which want to upgrade their strategy and capacity to implement digital inclusion initiatives
  • Policy-makers dealing with social and digital inclusion through lifelong learning, who want to discuss the best ways to approach complex digital inclusion issues.
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What will happen? 

The Digital Inclusion Summit has two parts: 

  1. A two-day learning event with different learning tracks across the following five themes: 
  • Access for all: connectivity and devices as a preconditions for digital inclusion
  • Critical Digital Literacy: competences and confidence to use digital technologies effectively, critically and safely;
  • Digital empowerment: digital services and contents to improve education and employment
  • Disruptive technologies for inclusion
  • New inclusive pedagogies
  • Enabling environments to promote digital inclusion (Policy, legal and regulatory environment)

During the learning event participants will be able to know about successful initiatives and to discuss with digital inclusion experts and leaders about the best strategies to make their learning initiatives more inclusive.

  1. A one-day online exhibition to discover global digital inclusion practices.

Participants in the exhibition will:

  • Access the event through a virtual lobby;
  • Use an info desk in case of questions or technical issues;
  • Visit the exhibition hall where different online exhibition booths present projects, organizations, companies, or institutions;
  • Participate in the collective auditorium to view live webinars, pre-recorded videos, and semi-live sessions;
  • Receive a virtual bag to record all the online resources and share business cards with other participants.

 

A closer look at the exhibition format

The exhibition will be run on a dedicated online trade fair and conferencing application. This platform has numerous benefits:

  • Move beyond the traditional webinar space and create a larger digital virtual ecosystem
  • Cost-effectiveness for large outreach and reduced carbon footprint in comparison with physical fairs, supporting current trends as part of UN reform and COVID-19 crisis;
  • Reach global audiences with no need to commute and travel;
  • Visually-rich virtual environment with engagement possibilities for participants via audio and video.

This event fully endorses the Principles of Digital Development.