IGF 2019 WS #256 Digital skills strategies in disruptive innovations era

Organizer 1: Malgorzata Ignatowicz, Office of Electronic Communications
Organizer 2: Lidia Ustasiak, Office of Electronic Communications

Speaker 1: Marcin Cichy, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Marc Vancoppenolle, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Theresa Swinehart, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Astrid Aupperle, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Piotr Harasimowicz, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 6: Wojciech Cellary, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Policy Question(s): 

How to create and develop digital skills strategies to bridge the competence gap and address all stakeholders of digital transformation?
How to create and develop digital skills strategies addressing all levels of education and long life learning to bridge the competence gap that will appear as a consequence of a rapid development of disruptive technologies

Relevance to Theme: This session will focus on identyfing skill gaps responding to rapidly changing environment. It is aimed to determine which skills need to be developed and to explore possible solutions helping to equip individuals with in-depth knowledge so they can thrive in digital reality. The expected outcome of the discussion is to outline of short-term and long-term perspective strategies.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Developing capacities to actively participate in the global Internet governance discussions and meet the growing challenges at national level represents a significant challenge for all countries, and in particular for small and developing countries. Capacity Building is an important cross-cutting priority of the IGF and well enshrined in its mandate.

Format: 

Round Table - Circle - 60 Min

Description: Disruptive technologies are blurring the lines between physical and digital worlds. They have already transformed communication, economies and industries. Digital transformation opens opportunities for new products, services and business models. It means that future workforces have to be equipped with new sets of skills. Emerging technologies and processes e.g. digitization, robotization and automation will continuously bring new challenges for business leaders and policy makers aiming to utilise full potential of this era to derive benefits both for industries and societies. Decision makers will have to anticipate skills of high demand and prepare strategies for the jobs of the future.

Expected Outcomes: This session will focus on identyfing skill gaps responding to rapidly changing environment. It is aimed to determine which skills need to be developed and to explore possible solutions helping to equip individuals with in-depth knowledge so they can thrive in digital reality. The expected outcome of the discussion is to outline of short-term and long-term perspective strategies.

Onsite Moderator: 

Malgorzata Ignatowicz, Government, Eastern European Group

Online Moderator: 

Malgorzata Ignatowicz, Government, Eastern European Group

Rapporteur: 

Malgorzata Ignatowicz, Government, Eastern European Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

Open questions, open discussion with the speakers/panelists, the role of the moderator (facilitator), time slot for Q&A

Online Participation: 

Promoting the tool within potential audience, encourage interaction and Q&A, the role of the moderator is crucial as well

Proposed Additional Tools: Promoting the workshop via website and social media of the UKE and on the speakers resources

SDGs: 

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals