Microsoft gathers European youth ambassadors in Dublin to address unemployment

17 Jun 2013

On Tuesday, 18 June, Microsoft will host 60 youth ambassadors from across Europe at a focused workshop entitled ‘Driving Digital Jobs in Europe’.

Taking place from 8.45am in The Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Docklands, some of the ambassadors gathering for the event hail from the countries hardest hit by youth unemployment, including Greece, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Ireland.

Ahead of the EU Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA), which runs this week from 19 to 20 June, ideas generated at the event will feed back into the DAA and the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, an EU initiative established to address the ICT skills gap.

A shortfall of 900,000 ICT professionals in Europe is predicted by 2015 and a panel will discuss ‘Skilling up for digital jobs in Europe’. There will also be Dragons’ Den-style pitches from young people.

Speakers at the event include Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd, TD, Ireland’s digital champion Lord David Puttnam, Microsoft Ireland MD Cathriona Hallahan and former professional boxer Bernard Dunne, who is also a Youth2Work champion.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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