Get Online Week Alliance

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Microsoft, Liberty Global and Accenture have been historically the most active supporters of the Get Online Week campaign. In order to strengthen the impact and visibility of the campaign, the three companies have formed the Get Online Week Alliance, which will be used as a common platform for discussion and collaboration.

Each supporter within the Alliance contributes with an equal financial investment to the campaign’s budget and provides in-kind support for the campaign:

» Accenture develops the mini-survey that will be used to capture participation in the campaign
» Liberty Global produces a short promotional video
» Microsoft donates free vouchers redeemable for the Microsoft Technology Associate certification exam and provides 3 prizes consisting of 3xBox with Kinect for the best 3 GOW stories provided by national campaign partners

The Alliance also contributes to the content development of the three campaign themes, with suggestions of activities and tools that can be used under each of those themes.

Quotes from the GOW Alliance partners:

Sylvie Laffarge, Director Citizenship Europe at Microsoft: “Connecting in particular young people to greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship in Europe today is a key concern for all of us. By equipping young Europeans with eSkills, we can help set the course for youth to avail of such opportunities. The Get Online Week campaign is a great example of how industry and the voluntary sector can work together to help close the gap between youth skills and labour market needs in Europe. Microsoft has done that with cash grant support as part of its ‘YouthSpark’  program helping to connect youth to opportunities for employment, entrepreneurship and education.

Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty Global: “We are proud to be part of the Get Online Week Alliance. We believe that everyone should be included and be safe in the digital world. We support Get Online Week to promote our digital society initiatives. For example our ‘Internet Buttons’ tool that helps internet beginners and seniors to get online, by bringing generations together through the use of technology. We also believe it is extremely important for young people to manage and be aware of the impact of their online reputations. Therefore, we have created ‘The Web We Want‘, a new educational handbook for 13-16 year olds, which encourages teenagers to reflect on issues such as digital footprints, online reputation, rights and responsibilities.”

Ericka Cogne, Corporate Citizenship Manager of Accenture: “Through its ‘Skills to Succeed‘ program, Accenture is supporting through pro bono and cash giving the Get Online Week based on its conviction that IT skills development is key to get a job or build a business. Accenture is committed to equipping 500.000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.”

Related Press Releases:

» From Liberty Global: LIBERTY GLOBAL HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE TO MANAGE THEIR DIGITAL IDENTITY – Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS | 19 MARCH 2013
» From Telecentre-Europe: JOINING FORCES TO EMPOWER A DIGITAL EUROPE – Brussels, BELGIUM | 26 FEBRUARY 2013