This day is under the auspices of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union and is organised by SEPE and DIGITALEUROPE. It is the first of the two major European events in the context of the e-Skills for Jobs 2014 campaign.

The aim of the "e-Skills for Jobs 2014 Grand Event: Mobilising to Support Job Creation and Upskilling of the Workforce" is to foster dialogue among key stakeholders and demonstrate the opportunities that the ICT industry offers to support the creation of jobs and growth in Europe.

The conference will contribute to enhance the political participation of EU officials and high profile national authorities in order to mainstream e-Skills issue in EU policies and to set up thematic networks in the framework of Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs perspective. The conference will also serve as a major stepping stone in raising awareness towards ICT professionals, young people and the unemployed that new skills will be needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

Morning Session

08:30 - 09:00
Registration and coffee
09:00 - 09:45 Opening: How e-Skills can Create Jobs
  Introduce the theme and concept of "e-Skills for Jobs". Indicate objectives and all major issues to be presented, discussed and highlighted during the event.
  Moderator for the day: Nectarios NOTIS, Greek Journalist, Television and Radio Commentator, Executive Editor NEWS.GR
  Welcome by Yannis SIRROS, Director General SEPE, Executive Board Member DIGITALEUROPE, Vice Chairman Europe WITSA
Welcome by John HIGGINS, Director General DIGITALEUROPE

Keynote speech by Kostas HATZIDAKIS, Minister of Development and Competitiveness, Greece
Keynote speech by Neelie KROES, Vice President of the European Commission
in charge of the Digital Agenda
Keynote speech by Antti PELTOMÄKI, Deputy Director General, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.
09:45 - 10:45
Panel 1. Education for Digital Jobs
  How education can enhance digital jobs and create better employment conditions and infrastructure, especially during the time of crisis. How this can be enhanced by the EU.
  Keynote speech by Konstantinos ARVANITOPOULOS, Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Greece
Keynote speech by Androulla VASSILIOU, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

Dimosthenis ANAGNOSTOPOULOS, Rector, Harokopio University of Athens
Marc DURANDO, Executive Director European Schoolnet
Jordan CASEY, Founder Casey Games.
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:05
Panel 2. e-Skills and Entrepreneurship/ Innovation
  How the market handles digital skills and applies them to job market? What are the needs of various markets both in Europe and in Greece in digital skills? What are the policies to be implemented towards that?
  Keynote speech by Michalis CHRISOCHOIDIS, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Greece

André RICHIER, Principal Administrator, Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
Gabriel RISSOLA, Managing Director, Telecentre Europe
Caroline JENNER, CEO Europe, JA-YE Europe
Jeannette WEISSCHUH, Director Economic Progress, Corporate Affairs, HP
Egidijus BIKNEVICIUS, Founder & CEO, Etalinkas.
12:05 - 13:00
Panel 3. Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs - A conversation with the Youth
  What are the achievements of the Grand Coalition so far and the future developments? How can we increase its impact, especially for young people? What are your recommendations for the next Commission?
Alexander RIEDL, Alexander Riedl, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Lucilla SIOLI, Head of Unit, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission 
Ian CLIFFORD, Founder & CEO, YouRock Online Ltd
Thanassis PAPADIMITRIOU, Senior IT Executive, Partner & Member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HEPIS)
Panagiotis DEMESTICHAS, Professor, University of Piraeus, School of Information and Communication Technology, Head of Department of Digital Systems 

Students/ Young ICT professionals:
Stamatia TOURNA, Student of Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of University of Patras, Software Developer 
George ROSSOPOULOS, Student of School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Coordinator of JA Alumni Greece and GetBusy Ambassador
George CHATZITHEODOSIOU, Young Technology Evangelist/ Global Security Mentor.
13:00 - 14:00
Afternoon session
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions
Workshop I: Reinforcing a competitive Digital Economy (Ethniki Hall 2)
  How digital skills can help organisations be more competitive and enhance a more competitive local economy.

  Chair: Achilleas HEKIMOGLOU, Journalist, Newspaper TO VIMA

Keynote speech by Menelaos DASKALAKIS, General Secretary for Telecommunications and Posts, Greece

Sokratis KATSIKAS, President National Council for Education - Greece, Professor University of Piraeus
Marietta Grammenou, Policy Officer, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
Athanasios KOTSIS, CEO, INTRASOFT International
Magda CONSTANTELOU, Human Resources Manager, IBM Greece & Cyprus.
Workshop II: Turning e-Skills into Jobs (Ethniki Hall 1)
  How young people can succeed in many industries through the use of ICT, e-Skills and work experience. An encounter between senior industry representatives and "Apprentice Dragons".

  Chair: Dimitris MALLAS, Journalist, Newspaper IMERISIA

Apprentice Dragons:
Nick ARVANITELLIS, Student High School/ 2nd grade
Nikolaos NIKOLAIDIS, Undergraduate Student, Electrical Computer Engineering Department, University of Patras
Nick DANOPOULOS, Student & Self Employed, Computer & Network Security.

Industry representatives:
Alain HEUREUX, Entrepreneur, The EGG
Steve WRIGHT, Head of Think Big Europe, Telefonica
Inês HENRIQUES, CEO, Ynvisible
Piero ATTANASIO, Head of R&D activities, Italian Publishers Association
Steve TZIKAKIS, Senior Vice President - General Manager, SAP South Europe
Wouter VAN TOL, Corporate Citizenship Director, Samsung Electronics Europe.
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel sessions
Workshop III: Women and ICT (Ethniki Hall 2)
  Initiatives and successful case studies of how women can progress and excel optimizing on digital skills, both in Europe and Greece.
  Chair: Valia KAIMAKI, Journalist, Hellenic Public Radio Television

Keynote speech by Vassiliki KOLLIA, General Secretary for Gender Equality, Greece

Sasha BEZUHANOVA, Chairwoman, Bulgarian Centre of Women & Technology, Chair of High Level Advisory Committee of ECWT
Jane RICHARDSON, Regional Director Marketing and Business Development, Oracle Academy EMEA
Venetia KOUSSIA, Dr, President & Managing Director, ManpowerGroup Greece
Lia KOMNINOU, PR & Citizenship Director, MICROSOFT HELLAS
James VARNHAM, Director, European Skills & Certification Network (E-SCN).
Workshop IV: Using e-Skills to Create Digital Jobs (Ethniki Hall 1)
  A review of some successful professionals who excelled in their jobs through the use of e-Skills

  Chair: Nikolas KONDAKIS, Editor in Chief, Boussias Communications

Carsten JOHNSON, Area Academy Manager, bei Cisco Systems
Marily NIKA, Computer Science PhD student, Imperial College London
Danny GOORIS, Senior Manager, EMEA Oracle Academy
Dionisis KOLOKOTSAS, Public policy and Government Relations Manager - Greece, Google.
17:30 - 18:00
18:00 - 19:00
Panel 4. Digital Skills and Entrepreneurs
  Case studies of successful start-ups. How digital skills can lead & produce new services and products.
  Chair: Nectarios NOTIS, Journalist, Television and Radio Commentator, Executive Editor NEWS.GR

Keynote speech by 
George DOUKIDIS, Professor Athens University of Economics and Business

Yiannis BATAS, JA-YE Europe Young Entrepreneurs
Michalis TALIAKIS, JA-YE Europe Young Entrepreneurs
Vera PAPANGELOPOULOU The jamjar team
Eva EPITROPAKI, The jamjar team
Ignacio Pérez DOLSET, Chief Product & Innovation Officer & CoChairman, ZED GROUP.
19:30 - 20:00
Closing Dinner Registration (Athenaeum InterContinental Athens Hotel)
20:00 - 22:00 Closing Dinner
  Welcome by Anastasios TZIKAS, President of the Board of Directors, SEPE
Keynote speech by Notis MITARACHI, Deputy Minister of Development & Competitiveness, Greece - representating the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Greek Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs MoU.
  • Oracle

  • Sony

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