Digitizing the Cities of Our Future

How do we move forward in developing infrastructure in the digital era? Where do we begin? And what commitments are required for us to have and support a digital economy?

Creating a sustainable digital economy was on the forefront of the minds of the many leaders, politicians, and innovators during the week long Digital Venice 2014 event. This event took place from 7 July until 12 July in Venice, Italy. There were meetings, forums to facilitate discussion, workshops, and more for those who attended the event in Italy. As well as a digital engagement through the use of the #DigitalVenice social media campaign.

These gatherings, on location and through the Internet, were focused on discussing how to proceed and move Europe forward into a digital economy. The Council of the European Union with the support of the European Commission promoted the events, in an effort to craft a road for a growing, sustainable digital economy.

During the breaks between meetings, we had the opportunity to gain insight and answers from leaders in attendance.

What skills are needed in today’s job market?

“The best way to shape your future is to create it. It means that the passion, the energy, the curiosity to develop your skills and future is so valuable,” shares Agostino Santoni, Managing Director, Cisco Italy.

What can students do to be more successful in the market today?

Piotr Pluta, Senior Manager, Cisco Corporate Affairs Europe, wishes all students good luck for their future, and offers this advice: “All jobs will not come back, it is important to keep our minds wide open and look for new opportunities. As the Internet of Everything will change the needs of skills in many industries; look out for curriculum that will address this.”

What is your advice for those studying ICT? In particular, advice for girls who want to pursue an ICT career?

“Don’t be scared by youth unemployment. Be engaged and be informed. Try to have hands on experience. If you just look out there, there are plenty of interesting things you can do to find out more (about ICT opportunities),” shares Maria Sangiuliano from the European Centre for Women and Technology.  

What job opportunities are available for those who studying ICT?

Peter Olsen, VP Ericsson and President of Digital Europe, shares his advice on the future opportunities with ICT. “When young people think about their future career and work opportunities, they should think about ICT in connection with what they are interested in. We do need ICT engineers but we also need those who can work in other sectors who can use ICT.”


Read more about Why Digital Skills are Crucial for European Job-Seekers, written by Alexander Riedl, Deputy Head of Unit, Knowledge Base and DG Connect, European Commission

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