Digital Deep Dives Series

Can Europe cater for the skill needs of digitalising industries?

18 May 2022
11:00 - 12:30 CEST

Digital Deep Dives series

Can Europe cater for the skill needs of digitalising industries?

18th May 2022, 11:00-12:30 CEST, online

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DIGITALEUROPE invites you to the third event in our Digital Deep Dives series, where we’ll discuss Europe’s digital skills panorama and untapped opportunities, as well as, present fieldwork ideas and concrete initiatives that aim to answer the digital skill needs.

We are well aware digital skills are paramount as technology is everywhere in our lives and societies. But can Europe really cater for the skill needs of digitising industries? 

At the current pace, Europe is fated to fail to reach the 2030 Digital Targets, with many citizens lagging in digital skills and industries struggling to find ICT specialists.

During the panel discussion, our speakers will provide their views on the EU 2030 Digital Decade targets on digital skills, and the type of measures needed to hit these targets — diving into topics like micro-credentials and ILAs.  

In the second part of the event, participants will be able to follow parallel sessions where subject matter experts will present European projects such as the European Software Skills Alliance (ESSA), Women4IT (W4IT), Blockchain Skills for Europe (CHAISE), and the AI Skills Alliance (ARISA) and deep dive into thematic discussions on digital skills related to artificial intelligence, blockchain, software, and women in digital. 


This event is organised by DIGITALEUROPE in the context of the European Commission’s European Vocational Skills Week


  • 11:00-11:10

    Opening keynote

    • Helena Lovegrove, Director for Operations & Projects, DIGITALEUROPE
  • 11:10-11:55

    Panel discussion I Can Europe cater for the skill needs of digitalising industries? 

    • Mário Lelovsky, Vice President, ITAS  
    • Marta Przywała, Public Policy Manager, SAP
    • Jakub Kajtman, Policy Officer, DG CNECT, European Commission

    Moderated by Vincenzo Renda, Senior Manager for Digital Transformation Policy, DIGITALEUROPE 

  • 11:55-12:20

    Parallel sessions I Dive into thematic discussions on digital skills 

    1. Artificial Intelligence skills 

    • Valeria Muggianu, Senior Project Manager, DIGITALEUROPE 
    • Anthony McCauley, AI Programme Manager, Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet

    2. Blockchain skills 

    • Marina Brunner, Lead Researcher, DHBW 
    • Klavs Ciprikis, Research Fellow, ESRI 

    3. Software skills 

    • José Usero, Senior Project Manager, DIGITALEUROPE 
    • Kevin McFall, Master Instructor, NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute 

    4. Women in digital 

    • Katarzyna Udala, Project Manager, DIGITALEUROPE 
    • Vita Vītola-Lapiņa, Project & Digital Skills Specialist, LIKTA 
  • 12:20-12:30

    Closing remarks

    • Helena Lovegrove, Director for Operations & Projects, DIGITALEUROPE 
For more information, please contact:
Marie Montaldo
Senior Research and Innovation Manager
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