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HackTheBusiness

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HackTheBusiness

12.03.2024 |

What’s the challenge?


HackTheBusiness 
offers an entrepreneurship challenge tailored for young minds eager to explore the vast potential of Sustainability.

The challenge is to propose an innovative business idea that navigates the sustainable landscape and pioneer new frontiers in the eco-friendly industry relating to agri-food, construction, manufacturing and digital and creative industries.

Participants are encouraged to think critically, creatively, and sustainably, aiming to address environmental concerns and contribute to a more eco-conscious and resilient future in these key sectors!

Who can attend?

If you are between 18 and 40 years old, based in Europe, with a passion for innovation and sustainability – join us!

The HackTheBusiness competition is aimed at bright minds including students, new startuppers, and researchers who want to acquire entrepreneurial skills and explore their potential.

Contestants can participate as individuals or in teams of up to 4 members.

About the Competition

The final HackTheBusiness will take place in the Innovation Forum “John Atanasoff” at Sofia Tech Park in Sofia, Bulgaria on the 26th and 27th of March 2024.

You and your team will pitch to get an opportunity to participate in ENTREPRENEDU’s business acceleration programme, where your sustainable idea has a strong potential to bring real changes into the world, with the help of ENTREPRENEDU mentors.

 

You should register by the 18th of March!

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Digital skills for all

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Advanced

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software Engineering

Digital Skills

Organisation

Country 

EU

Type of the initiative

International initiative

The best AI tools for education

By Technology, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, For ICT professionals, Inspiration, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Bulgarian, Type of the educational resource, Language оf the educational resource, Country providing the educational resource, INSPIRATION, Other educational resources
The best AI tools for education

05.02.2024 |

Most of the discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) tools are often focused on business, but there is immense potential for AI to dramatically improve our educational systems. This is one of the most effective tools that teachers can have at their disposal, often relieving them of administrative burdens. These technologies will not replace teachers but rather allow them to allocate more time to student learning.

AI is rapidly growing in the education sector and is becoming a global billion-dollar market. This rapid growth is due to its ability to transform many aspects of teaching and learning processes. AI can create engaging virtual learning environments, generate “intelligent content,” alleviate language barriers, bridge gaps between learning and teaching, create specialized plans for each student, and much more.

Many innovative companies are creating AI tools to achieve these results. Let’s look at some of the best AI tools for education:

  1. Gradescope

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope’s AI tool allows students to evaluate each other while providing feedback simultaneously, which often consumes a lot of time without AI technology. Gradescope relies on a combination of machine learning (ML) and AI for easier grading, saving time and energy.

By outsourcing these tasks to external evaluators, teachers can focus on more important tasks. Gradescope can be used by teachers to grade paper exams and online assignments, as well as to prepare projects in one place.

Here are some key features of Gradescope:

  • AI-assisted and manually grouped questions
  • Time extensions specific to students
  • Grading with AI assistance
  • Improved efficiency and fairness
2.Fetchy

Fetchy is a generative AI-based platform created specifically for teachers. It empowers teachers to unleash their full teaching potential by simplifying and streamlining the myriad tasks they face, including creating engaging lessons, generating newsletters, crafting professional emails, and more. By harnessing the power of AI, Fetchy enables teachers to enhance their teaching methods, optimize time management, and make confident and informed decisions.

Fetchy specializes in personalizing generated language to meet teachers’ requirements without requiring them to formulate complex prompts. When using Fetchy’s personalized solutions, teachers can expect tailored results that align with their specific educational needs.

  • Generate lesson plans
  • Review history from multiple perspectives
  • Find mathematical or scientific experiments
  1. Nuance

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, Nuance provides speech recognition software that can be used by both students and teachers. The company’s Dragon Speech Recognition product can transcribe up to 160 words per minute, aiding students who have difficulty writing or typing. The tool also supports verbal commands for document navigation, which is essential for students with accessibility needs.

Dragon offers many more features, including the ability to dictate lesson plans, curriculum, worksheets, reading lists, and more at speeds three times faster than typing, all while achieving 99% accuracy.

Here are some key features of Nuance’s Dragon:

  • Accessibility features supporting verbal commands
  • Voice assessment of students’ work
  • Dictate work in class with 99% accuracy

You can find the top 10 AI tools for education here.

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www.unite.ai/bg

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

Level

Middle

Type of the educational resource

Other educational materials

Language of the educational resource

Bulgarian

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

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REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

17.05.2023 |

Registration for Java2Days 2023 is officially open! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the most anticipated Java event of the year, which will take place from 27 to 29 June in the beautiful seaside resort of Albena, located in a picturesque and ecologically clean bay on the Black Sea.

Java2Days 2023 promises to give you a unique and unforgettable experience, bringing together the brightest minds in the Java community for three action-packed days of innovative lectures, hands-on workshops and unparalleled networking opportunities.

By attending Java2Days 2023, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from world-class speakers, including Java Champions and industry leaders, as they share their insights, experiences, and techniques to help you level up your Java game.
  • Dive into practical, skill-building workshops designed to sharpen your expertise and expand your knowledge of the Java ecosystem.
  • Participate in thought-provoking conversations exploring the future of Java and its impact on the ever-evolving world of technology.
  • Connect with fellow Java enthusiasts, developers, and professionals from around the globe to share ideas and forge lasting relationships.
  • Grab your limited-edition Java2Days 2023 swag and merchandise to show off your Java pride!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to dive into the world of Java. The event will contribute significantly to your professional development. Secure your place at Java2Days 2023 today by selecting your ticket type here.

Register now and join to Java2Days for an extraordinary experience, where sun, sea, and code come together!

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

TIPS FOR CONFIGURING YOUR OWN COMPUTER

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TIPS FOR CONFIGURING YOUR OWN COMPUTER

03.05.2023 |

There are various options for optimizing a desktop computer besides the usual updates. Modern technology allows one to resort to assembling every single element in the box to arrive at the desired device in terms of features, parameters, even appearance. It is advisable to be familiar not only with the hardware configuration, but also with the software configuration in order for everything to function at the desired level.

Why configure a desktop computer yourself?

A large number of parts can be found at affordable prices and even if you have a limited budget, it is possible to carry out the configuration yourself. This way, you will be sure that every single detail or program will be placed and installed solely by you, even if it requires a longer job. Desktop devices can connect to multiple monitors simultaneously, and this way you can check if the video card is strong enough to support a certain resolution. According to different preferences, the computer case can be horizontal or vertical.

Mandatory components and how to choose the right ones?

The most important component modules for computer configuration include:

  • Processor – it is recommended to be compatible with the parameters of the other parts;
  • Motherboard – serves for most processes taking place in the device;
  • Video card – when assembling it is necessary to take into account the characteristics of the monitor;
  • RAM – at a higher speed of loading programs and processing specialized information;
  • HDD – in the presence of a large database and files, increase the digital space.
  • If you have a laptop, you can also add an SSD to store more files and other information.

How to properly assemble the configuration?

It is recommended to connect the different components in the box consistently. Assembly, as with most technology products, starts with the internal components. Due to the presence of many connecting components, such as cables and circuit boards, you need to choose a suitable box to store the information and have enough space to avoid affecting the different parts. When combining multiple video cards or fans, choose an appropriate space so that the circuit board is not stressed by the high speeds created by intense operation. The configuration must meet the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Steps in assembling the computer

It is recommended that the components be assembled on a table or desk. The installation instructions should be read and applied carefully. The computer configuration requires a newer operating system, so use at least Windows 10. If additional coolers are added during the assembly process, it is desirable to apply the thermal paste carefully to avoid current interference. All cables and connecting components must be joined with the correct connectors. A complex part such as the motherboard, connect with a fine tool to avoid injury to the pins.

Advantages of self-assembly

The biggest advantage is the ability to freely select all the parts included in the machine. This allows you to select and combine the best for the given activity for which you will use the desktop computer. Subsequently, you will have the opportunity to improve the device and it will not be necessary to comply with the “latest” modifications of the respective company. Technology is constantly renewing itself, especially in the software aspect, so the configurations installed in the models should be flexible. Assembly will provide freedom for future requirements to optimize operations.

Installing the computer

The assembly consists of different details and configurations, depending on the desired result. When connecting to the power supply, pay attention to the number of sockets the power strip has. Some models require a certain voltage, so there is a danger of overheating or short-circuiting. After connecting the enclosure to the monitor and other accessories, pay attention to the placement of the external parts and whether you have enough cooling distance.

Configuration check

When finalizing the computer assembly process, it is imperative to start with a high load to check the durability and reliability of the machine. There is a specific mode of functionality for each component, and the compatibility between them is verified by different processes running under different types of operation. The assembly of the computer is complete when the configuration functions without slowdown, does not overheat and does not overload. Further improvements to the software part are also needed to make the components compatible and no “breakage”, even with USB connection.

After you finish assembling the computer, like a true PC Builder, it is imperative that you keep the boxes and additional warranty documents. The manufacturers of the process assemblies for all machines have specified a period of optimum activity, subject to compatibility of items. Exceeding the recommended performance can result in both technical and physical failures. The combination between components will allow you to create an optimal workstation suitable for your purposes.

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THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

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THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

03.05.2023 |

Over 400 teachers, principals and education experts took part in this year’s edition of the educational event “Best Practices in Focus” on 29 and 30 April in Sofia.

Art Therapy Studio to improve students’ emotional competencies; project-based learning to celebrate the holidays of different ethnicities in school and develop tolerance among students; a student portfolio in biology to develop scientific literacy, short-term memory and motivation; and a comprehensive school strategy for environmental education and developing awareness of global challenges related to climate change. These are the educational practices that were rated highest in this year’s Best Practices in Focus competition. For the second year in a row, the competition collects, describes and promotes good examples of the work of teachers in Bulgaria.

The awards were presented on 29 April in Sofia during the largest educational event of the same name, which brought together more than 400 teachers, principals and educational experts to exchange experiences, inspiration, practical workshops and search for new approaches to engage students in the 21st century.

The organizers of the competition and the final event “Good Practices in Focus” are the Foundation “Together in class” and the educational website prepodavame.bg.

The winning practices are reviewed and evaluated by an expert jury of over 40 people. In the selection criteria, they look for practices that are effective, sustainable and improve the well-being of children, promote youth participation and support students’ academic progress.

“We often talk about what is not happening in Bulgarian classrooms, what needs to be changed and fixed. This gives the wrong impression that meaningful and inspiring things are not happening. With Good Practices in Focus, we want to show just how much resource and potential there is in the country’s schools. We have received many good examples that we believe will be useful for teachers in other schools – to find inspiration, to find like-minded people and to look for new opportunities to be even more helpful to their pupils.”

In addition to jury awards, audience awards and additional special awards were presented to some of the partners in the event.

In the program of the event, in addition to the awarding of the best practices, teachers from all over the country had the opportunity to participate in an important discussion on how we provide quality education to all students with the participation of Anelia Andreeva from the National Inspectorate of Education, representatives of the World Bank and education experts. [recording of the discussion coming soon]

After the discussion, the forum participants drew on the experience of Dr. Rima Shore, head of the Bank Street College of Education in New York. She inspired the attendees with a lecture on “Empowering Teachers”, which focused on the power and impact of teacher empowerment [lecture recording coming soon]. She also led two hands-on workshops on strategies for improving student well-being and progress and adapting best practices from elsewhere. The workshops were highly appreciated by teachers and helped many of them to imagine how they could innovate more in their teaching practice.

In addition to the international guest, the teachers at the forum learned experientially through practical workshops prepared by teachers from Sofia, Varna, Staza Zagora, Knezha, S. Bohot, S. Rumyantsevo.

The first day of the event also introduced teachers to over 30 educational organizations and initiatives during a special educational exhibition.

More about the event and a full list of the award winners can be found here.

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Digital skills

REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION “DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION” OPENS

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REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION "DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION" OPENS

03.05.2023 |

Traditionally, the campaign and the award ceremony will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Science

From today, 3 May 2023, the registration for the Digital Innovators in Education Teacher Competition 2023, organised by BAIT for the fourth consecutive year, will open.

The aim of the competition is to reward and encourage best practices in the use of digital content, the connection of schools with business and the preparation for the establishment of STEM centers. The competition is looking for teachers – digital innovators, teaching from 1st to 12th grade.

All teachers, including assistant teachers, teaching students from 1st to 12th grade in all subjects included in the curricula of the Ministry of Education can participate. Any teacher may apply or be nominated* in one or more categories. (*Nominations also require completion of all fields on the application form, as well as supporting evidence.)

Registration in the competition is done by submitting an Application Form.

Deadline for registration: 26.05.2023 by 17:00.

Links to posts, testimonials, comments from students and parents on Facebook, LinkedIn, learning platforms, received via email, test scores, videos, links to materials and videos will be accepted.

The competition will determine award winners in the following 4 categories:

1.Technological Innovation:

  • Application of ICT in the overall learning process – tests, homework, visualization and examples;
  • Additional technological innovations – simulation environments, automation, generation of unique tests with the same degree of difficulty (scoring and individualization), authorship check;
  • Use of special technological tools in extracurricular activities – 3D printers, computer aided design systems /CAD systems/, virtual reality, etc.;
  • Contribution to the learning of the material (comparison of test results with previous years).

2. Quality learning content:

  • Interactive presentation of content: engaging students in the delivery and preparation of the lesson;
  • Learning through fun with a platform based on games and building different worlds that encourages creativity, collaboration and problem solving /games, quizzes and other forms with a competitive element/;
  • Feedback from parents , students and guest speakers;
  • Multiple use by other teachers and/or schools.

3. Practical orientation of information technology teaching:

  • Teacher participation in the Business Teaches NP (by updating knowledge and introducing examples from practice to enhance the practical focus of teaching and/or using practitioners as teaching assistants, guest lecturers). Using practical examples and knowledge of new technologies acquired during training in companies in the teaching process;
  • Other forms of collaboration with business to make classroom learning more practical;
  • Extracurricular forms of cooperation with business – internships, workshops and visits to companies.

4. Contribute to a quality STEM center:

  • Preparing for the use of the STEM center in the learning process;
  • Preparation of attractive and interactive content for after-school activities/clubs;
  • Preparing teachers to successfully use the technology tools in the STEM center;
  • Programs to generate interest in STEM;
  • STEM Skills Formation Programs.

The jury, which includes the members of the Management and Supervisory Boards of BAIT, will award the best applications from 1st to 3rd place in each of the four categories.

The winners will be awarded at an official ceremony at TechnoMagicLand on 27.06.2023.

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Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Telecommunications

Web Development

Big Data

Mobile apps

Digital Marketing

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

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WORDPRESS. MAT THAT THREW THE INTERNET INTO JAZZ

12.05.2023 |

The story of WordPress is curious and exciting, it is one of those rare series of events that show how beautiful life online can be and what amazing possibilities it creates.

Today, different programming languages, platforms, and libraries are multiplying faster than ever, which is why it’s especially impressive that more than 1/3 of the sites on the Internet today are based… on the same technology. And it’s jazz-related.

WordPress came along at the right time to become the venture that allowed anyone to make their well-designed website easily and without digging deep. The story is particularly interesting, Matt Mullenweg created the platform willy-nilly, insisting on its independence and general accessibility while at the same time… managing to amass a serious fortune. And to remain one of the most positive characters in the times of ubiquitous internet.

Jazzzz

WordPress came along just in time at the moment when the web suddenly became accessible and websites were ready to offer a variety of content. The open source platform has rallied a huge community around it. Thanks to it, today it’s easier than ever to have a well-designed website without being a programmer, designer, or having any experience.

It’s very hard to realize what 1/3 of today’s internet means. Different sources give differing figures, but it is approximately 450 million web pages! With not only the number, but the ratio not stopping growing in recent years, WordPress is adding 2% to its “share” of the web per year, and some say it has even passed the 40% mark!

Today, the project’s main database houses 423,759 lines of code, and because the programmers work on a volunteer basis, 112 years of hours of work have been put into the project so far.

And it all started completely by accident, from the curiosity of a kid.

It’s 2003, and 19-year-old Matt Mullenweg is a freshman at the University of Houston. He decided to start a blog and chose the b2/cafelog platform. He wants to show his classmates the pictures he took on a trip to Washington. The blog was called Photomatt.net, and later became simply Ma.tt.

At that time only 2000 sites were made using b2/cafelog. The platform is far from perfect, Matt needs minor improvements so he can upload his photos. So he’s trying to get in touch with the people who created the project… And today, all of us who use WordPress are very lucky that he’s hitting rock bottom.

The creator of the platform is gone, and Matt decides to seek advice in one of the popular programming forums. “My blog’s software dilemma,” the youngster christens the topic, and explains, “The platform login software I use hasn’t been updated in months, and the main developer has disappeared. I can’t find him anywhere, but I hope he’s at least okay.”

Days pass, only one comment appears below. One Mike Little writes: “If you’re serious about the idea of making a successor to b2, I’d be interested in getting involved.”

Summertime

And then, things just happen. Slowly but surely, their project began to gain a following to become what WordPress is today – the platform that gives everyone the chance to be featured in the online world.

Symbolic or not, the project was officially created on April Fool’s Day, the date becoming WordPress’ birthday.

People don’t stop preferring WordPress until today because in its basic form, you don’t need to know how to code. The system is simple, intuitive, and time-tested. And if you do a little programming, you can develop your project without limits. Of course, there are no perfect solutions, WordPress is not always the best choice. But it’s definitely a myth that it’s only suitable for more modest projects, and today it’s used by BBC America, Bloomberg Professional, TechCrunch and The New Yorker.

But we mentioned jazz… What does it have to do with a platform for websites? It’s a stylish decision by the developers, which WP fans are well aware of, to name each new version of the platform after a favourite jazz artist. The first official version, from January 2004, is named after Miles Davis, and the latest, from November 2022, is named after pianist Mikhail Alperin – Misha. With the release of each new version, the creators of WordPress also release a short playlist of their favorite performances of the selected jazzman.

“Technology is most useful when it brings people together,” says Matt Mullenweg.

But how did he and his followers walk the long road to success? How did he manage to become a successful entrepreneur despite becoming popular with open source? What are the WordPress creator’s views on the future of the web and the big questions of today? Read on the Digital Stories website.

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MAY IN SOFTUNI

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MAY IN SOFTUNI

02.05.2023 |

We are pleased to introduce you to the new modules and courses launching at SoftUni in May.

The programme of each course has been selected and developed with the most sought-after skills by employers in mind. The technologies emphasized in them are in line with the latest trends.

  • On May 2 the advanced training “C++ Advanced” with lecturer Doncho Angelov will start: https://bit.ly/3mZhzVA
  • The new course “Containers and Cloud” with lecturer Martin Gradev will introduce you to best practices for creating containers with Docker: https://bit.ly/3oxLkNr
  • The “MySQL” course with lecturer Nikolay Bankin starts on May 10: https://bit.ly/40AS62v
  • With the training “HTML & CSS” with lecturer Konstantin Dankov you will learn to create modern websites with HTML & CSS: https://bit.ly/3V3BP4R
  • The module “Algorithms with Java” with speaker Nikolay Bankin starts on May 22: https://bit.ly/43VJ96G
  • The module “Algorithms with C#” with lecturer Atanas Atanasov starts on May 22: https://bit.ly/3LnfPPh
  • Microsoft Excel module with lecturer Desislava Topuzakova starts on May 25: https://bit.ly/43VP0ZN
  • Course “Microsoft Excel Fundamentals” with lecturer Desislava Topuzakova starts on May 25: https://bit.ly/3Arbe8g

You can find out more about the courses and modules here.

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Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Digital skills

Web development

Programming

FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

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FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

02.05.2023 |

Time to consider differentiated remuneration to retain good teachers in priority subjects

The frameworks set out by the Ministry of Education are the stumbling block in the modern training of young talent. The inability to have the power to implement a newer and genuinely useful approach to training processes. Freedom must be given. The head teacher should be able to assign classes to people from the business who within 4-5 hours can come and teach. This will certainly motivate the students, give them another perspective, and motivate the teachers, which in turn will raise the level and lead to better quality education in the state.

Around this opinion united teachers from the Professional High School of Computer Modeling and Computer Systems – city. Varna and Professional School of Computer Science and Mathematical Analysis “Prof. Minko Balkanski – town of Stara Zagora at the next meeting-discussion organized by BASCOM with IT schools in Bulgaria. At the meetings some of the most successful technology schools present and exchange best practices from their training models in order to study their experience and multiply it in other cities of the country. The moderator of the meeting was Ivan Rusev – part of the BASCOM working group that deals with education issues.

Both schools in Varna and Stara Zagora were established less than three years ago and are already an established centre of attraction for young people from their respective regions. Eng. Vyara Dukova, Director of the Professional High School of Computer Modelling and Computer Systems in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Varna, said that the curriculum is key for any high school. “The main thing we rely on is that in the elective classes children study mathematics. We believe that no engineer or programmer would be successful if they don’t have a good level of math knowledge. The idea of student learning is to achieve lasting knowledge in something, not to go over material that students cannot understand and master. It’s important for us to build a foundation that the business or university will then build on.”

Eng. Dukova is adamant that today’s children are very different in their perceptions and we should find an approach and language to them. “We have tried to build a model where university professors enter the classes at high school level. This was not a successful practice because the university lecturer imparts a knowledge while the student should be taught. Much more examples and work with children at the high school level is needed,” she says.

Kamelia Krumova, Director of PGKNMA “prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora

The issue of personnel is another big topic that was discussed in the meeting.

“It is very difficult to find teachers who meet the requirements and at the same time to be able to retain them. Often they come to us for a period of time, we put resources into their education and before long the IT industry swallows them up. Teaching is not just a job, it’s a cause and it’s not for everyone,” said Kamelia Krumova, director of Prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora. Kamelia Krumova added that we have many applications for teachers from people from other sectors, such as banking, who once acquired teaching qualifications and decided to try their hand as teachers years later. There is a need to find a mechanism to support these people, for example to update their knowledge and assess it, because in general there is a mistrust and among these candidates there may be many valuable educators with unrealised potential. As an advice to future technology schools in other cities, Ms. Krumova stressed that it is absolutely important to be able to rely on a core of great teachers in the first place, as well as on the strong support of the local government – the formula for success of the school in the city of Krumova. The main reason for the success of Stara Zagora’s school.

Dobroslav Dimitrov raised the topic of how long it takes teachers to prepare their materials and what a big effort it is. “I myself am the co-founder of a coder training academy, which I have been developing for 10 years and I know how labor-intensive the process is. I can boldly say that since two months we are much more productive thanks to the AI-based tools we implemented. It’s a colossal transition that can solve in a large percentage the problems with content creation or a complete course. Artificial intelligence could help teachers, for example, to come up with specific assignments or coursework for each student in a way that is interesting and personalised to their level of knowledge and understanding. Using these tools, good materials can be prepared and the overall teaching process can be improved. This frees up creative resources that could be directed towards students. The application of artificial intelligence makes sure that the new juniors are at the level of midlevel and this is already happening,” said Dobroslav Dimitrov.

The participants in the discussion were in consensus that at least twice a year IT school principals, together with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and business, need to meet to exchange information and share cases that can find their solution through such discussions. They re-emphasized the importance of having a regular government and a Minister of Education as soon as possible to address all the issues raised.

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Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Digital skills

Artificial Intelligence

SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

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SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

28.04.2023 |

In 1989, the film Dead Poets Society was released, in which a host of well-known actors reflect on the meaning of life, the cost of human achievement and the heights to which the human spirit can reach through education and the search for what is meaningful in life. It is there that Robin Williams impersonates the teacher John Keating and says the following to his students:

„No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.“

“At Skillo, this is one of the pillars that drives and motivates us to work relentlessly to create a quality learning environment for IT people who truly want to develop themselves to move the world and bring quality change to society and themselves.”

And who is Skillo, anyway?

Skillo is a Bulgarian company founded in 2018 by two IT professionals – Petar Milev and Hussein Turkmen. Former colleagues and current friends and business partners, Pesho and Hugh, as everyone calls them, not only share many years of experience as IT professionals in leadership positions, but also united around the mission to create a company with a special cause – building an IT academy, with the belief that Bulgaria has a lot of potential talent and conditions that can make our country the Silicon Valley of Europe, but it takes a qualitative change of the educational environment in which people grow and learn for this to happen. The Academy works both with individual learners and with some of the largest IT companies in our market as corporate clients.

Apart from the IT academy, in the years back they developed another business line that works on recruitment and development of IT professionals through which they have the opportunity to connect professionals in the market with attractive and meaningful job opportunities.

Today we bring you an interview with Hugh, who talks a bit more about Skillo’s IT Academy and in particular how by developing good educators and good IT professionals, we are actually changing the whole industry.

Hugh, tell us briefly about yourself and how your journey as a professional and teacher started?

My start in the IT industry was more than 12 years ago when I started as a Database Developer, but very quickly I realized that software testing was what I was really interested in and I knew I would be good at it. After intense years of learning and lots of practice, I was able to move through various projects and roles where I had the opportunity to both manage teams and interview IT professionals as well as create and build testing processes, environments and be responsible for overall product quality. About 9 years ago was also my first exposure to teaching. Up until that point, I had done in-house training for my colleagues, but it’s very different to train people who are already in the industry and those who are yet to enter the field. So, a friend of mine invited me to teach Software Testing Fundamentals at the school where he was lecturing and I decided to give it a try. It was a big challenge for me, but I knew I could do it because I had a strong interest, and usually when something is interesting and really important to you, you can’t help but do well.

How did you feel in the beginning as a young teacher and what motivated you to develop in this role?

I remember at the beginning I was very excited but also nervous. I had to put in a lot of hours of effort preparing lectures, practicing the actual teaching and delivery of the information, and thinking about how to optimize the content that I would teach to the students so that they would get the most out of the course time. My motivation has always been about two main things: by teaching, you are making a multiplied contribution of your knowledge and skills and secondly, you are a change generator for the future professionals who are now starting their education and development in IT.

Could you explain in a little more detail what it means to multiply your contribution of knowledge and skills?

Imagine a professional who is good at what they do, goes to work accordingly, applies their knowledge and skills and gets paid for it. In such a situation, the contribution is 1:1 – you contribute certain knowledge, you put in effort and you get paid for it. In teaching, however, you are still using the same knowledge that you do your job with, but by teaching people who draw on your knowledge, you multiply the effect of what you achieve. For me, that has always been a tremendous motivator to keep doing teaching, besides of course the fact that I enjoy doing it.

You have built up quite a few faculty members yourself, some of whom are now part of the Skillo teaching staff. Tell us a bit more about the key skills of a good tutor.

Of course, for all lecturers there is one set of classic skills that are a must – for example good presentation skills, freedom to speak in front of an audience, clear diction, structured thought, working within the tight time frame of a lecture, being able to moderate a discussion etc. At the same time, there are more specific skills for being a good IT teacher.
However, before we talk about skills, good teachers are first and foremost good professionals in their field. If they don’t have years of practical experience behind them that allow them to see many different work cases, they won’t have a base from which to share experience and knowledge. Otherwise, on the topic of skills – a key one is for the teacher to be able to explain technical matter in an understandable and accessible way to people who are not technical specialists, giving accessible and easy to understand examples and explanations. This is something I have worked hard to develop myself and I know it takes time. It’s also very important not to leave the trainees with the feeling that you are the knower and they know nothing, because that would inhibit them and shut them down to the learning process.
Another very important thing is that the trainer actively works with the group – both to stimulate those who are active and to motivate those trainees who are quieter and more withdrawn. It is important to find the pace of the group – neither too fast nor too slow. Also to give the participants the opportunity to think and solve cases and problems in which the teacher does not give the ready answer, but moderates the process of searching and discovering the solution to the problem together with the group.

Does the teacher need to adapt to the group of students?

Certainly adaptability and a personalised approach are particularly important for a good tutor. Every group I’ve taught over the years has been different from others and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will always work. It’s important for me to break up the group environment, to be able to achieve a more informal feel where people relax and friendships are made, jokes are shared, work cases are thought about together and experiences are shared. Along these lines, the tutor needs to have a good sense of humour, but also the social intelligence to make sure that the group environment is respectful of everyone and not discriminatory or exclusionary towards any of the students. Now with the current virtual environment we are teaching in it is very important to motivate people to put their cameras down and participate fully in the lecture because the distractions when we are in a digital environment are many and the lecturer sometimes has an unequal battle. However, I always set rules for the group and frame virtual hygiene.

You can read the full interview here.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

By Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For children, AR & VR, In education, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, NEWS
CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

28.04.2023 |

Are you currently considering your career path after graduation? Have you thought about the dynamic and constantly evolving field of IT? Look no further! Join this upcoming event to learn about the exciting opportunities available as a programmer or designer. Take the first step towards your dream career and discover the opportunities that await you!

When?

04 May at 19:00

Where?

We are waiting for you at the boulevard. “Blvd. “Cherni Vrah” 51, floor 2″ (The entrance is on the back side of the building, from Boris Nikolov – Mokata Str.)

What is the event?

The event will take the form of a discussion, with a short presentation. The best teachers from IT STEP ACADEMY ( in the field of “Programming” and “Design”) will participate in it. You will have the opportunity to get to know their stories and get inspiration from their experience.

The event will be held in two parts (in two different rooms), and you will be able to choose where you want to attend and which is the most curious and useful for you.

Confirm your attendance by registering here.

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Digital skills in education

Digital skills for kids

Digital technology

Digital skills

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Telecommunications

IT ACADEMY AND COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

By For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, In education, NEWS
IT ACADEMY AND COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

28.04.2023 |

SKILLO is a specialized training center for software technologies!

The team trains professionals to upgrade their skills and beginners who are just starting out. They also connect top professionals with attractive work projects and opportunities.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

“We at Skillo are IT professionals with many years of experience who believe that IT staff development is one of the most important processes for the software industry in Bulgaria. This needs to be a continuous process in order for the Bulgarian HR market to be globally competitive. We created a software testing training centre because we know we can provide the best training in this area. Quality Assurance is a relatively new and rapidly growing area that IT companies are investing in, which in turn is leading to an increase in demand for software testing personnel.

We are IT professionals with a sense of responsibility, duty and years of experience in the industry and the IT industry in Bulgaria. As the education system in the country fails to meet all the needs of the business, we felt obliged to create this training center to help develop the sector and the economy by creating and developing staff. This is the main motive that drives us to successfully develop the software testing training center. During the period of our existence, we have helped many people to start a career in IT or to develop themselves. The good results of our trainings make us develop and improve every day, giving the best to our trainees.

We maintain a high quality of our trainings because we have highly qualified teachers with years of experience in the field and in-depth practical knowledge of the field. We have 3 training rooms in Sofia, which provide all the necessary conditions for the professional and enjoyable conduct of your desired training. We conduct the classes in small groups to create the feeling of teamwork and friendly atmosphere while you learn.”

Read BESCO’s interview with the SKILLO manager here.

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Digital skills for all

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Digital skills for children

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Digital technology

Software engineering

Digital skills

TOP REASONS TO STUDY JAVA IN 2023

By For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, In education, NEWS
TOP REASONS TO STUDY JAVA IN 2023

27.04.2023 |

Java is one of the most used and sought after programming languages globally. If you have an interest in software engineering and want to learn how to program, the language will undoubtedly be useful to you. SoftUni’s Programming Basics with Java beginners course is coming soon and will help you take your first steps with ease, so don’t hesitate to sign up.

And if you’re still on the fence about whether this is the language for you, today’s article will talk about Java in more detail, and why it’s worth choosing as your first language.

Briefly about Java

Java is a high-level language designed for object-oriented programming that has proven to be one of the most accessible and easy to learn languages if you are a complete beginner. It’s a versatile language that will allow you to work on a wide range of projects, regardless of the platform they’re designed for. That’s because Java is based on the “Write Once, Run Anywhere” principle.

In order to ensure that this is the case and that programs written in Java can be run on different platforms, the source code is not compiled to machine code, but to so-called byte code. This byte code is executed by what is known as the JVM or Java Virtual Machine. This provides portability, scalability and, most importantly, flexibility for projects developed with Java.

Java is a typical back-end language. In other words, if you study it, you’ll focus on developing server-side logic – what happens behind the scenes when users interact with the so-called front-end. Knowing this, what opportunities do you think proficiency in the language creates?

What doors does the language open?

The portability and flexibility of projects created with Java make the language one of the most preferred by developers, and sought after by employers. If you open one of the major IT job search platforms in Bulgaria, at any given time, you will see that Java ranks among the top languages. At the time of writing, there are over 300 positions with the language.

In 2020, the Flyaps team created a great infographic demonstrating which industries and which companies rely heavily on language. I’m leaving you with a link to the full Java infographic, but one thing becomes clear at a glance. It’s the favorite language of big companies in serious industries, companies like Amazon, AT&T, and J.P. Morgan.

Read the reasons to learn it and additional information here.

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Digital skills for all

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Digital skills

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RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Web development, Mobile apps, For all, In education, For the workforce, NEWS
RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

27.04.2023 |

12-13 May 2023

Rails Girls Sofia for the fifteenth time!

Rails Girls is a free two-day workshop aimed at ladies with zero or minimal experience in programming and technology.

The main goal is to show that programming is a fun, interesting, exciting and very useful skill that can be used in many different ways. You will have the opportunity to create your first web application, in an enjoyable atmosphere and under the guidance of experienced instructors. More about the event ↓

The event requires (free) registration in advance.

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Digital skills for all

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Web development

Mobile apps

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, For children, In education, NEWS
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

27.04.2023 |

Take part in the first edition of the Telerik School Academy digital technology and programming festival.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • An exhibition of 100+ digital projects developed by students who study at the academy schools
  • Inspiring stories from interesting personalities
  • Meeting our alumni and faculty from around the country
  • Games, prizes and other surprises

PROGRAMME:

  • 10:00 – 10:20 – Opening
  • 10:20 – 13:00 – Project Exhibition
  • 13:30 – 15:00 – Inspiring stories
  • 15:00 – 16:00 – Closing

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is required. Register here – https://bit.ly/3K2rLFw

The festival is organized by Telerik School Academy, with the support of Sofia Tech Park, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Lidl and aims to inspire and reward the efforts of all digital creators from their schools.

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Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Digital skills

BESCO: IT’S TIME TO ENCOURAGE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OUTSIDE SOFIA

By For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, NEWS
BESCO: IT'S TIME TO ENCOURAGE TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT OUTSIDE SOFIA

26.04.2023 |

Svetozar Georgiev, Chairman of the Board of BESCO – Bulgarian Entrepreneurs Association, Dobromir Ivanov, Executive Director of BESCO, in “Business Start”

The Investment Promotion Act in Bulgaria is not adequate to what our neighbouring countries are doing. Neighbouring countries are doing better than us because the way they define the classes of investors and the way state aid is given – what the state actually supports to make deals happen – are fundamentally different. We now have draft laws in place that should change the situation. We propose amendments to the law to focus on medium- and high-tech companies that are outside Sofia and, as a consequence, to change the way in which the relevant classes of investors are defined. This was commented by Svetozar Georgiev, Chairman of the Board of BESCO – Bulgarian Entrepreneurial Association, and Dobromir Ivanov, Executive Director of BESCO, in the TV show “Business Start” with host Hristo Nikolov.

Sofia is now considered a more developed region and especially when it comes to high-tech businesses, there is even cannibalism between companies in the capital and it is very important to develop the regions outside Sofia, the participants explain.

“In Sofia, the competition for staff is so great that at the moment of the arrival of a technology giant to extract more engineers to work for it, it is not clear whether this would help the ecosystem in the city at all…When a competition is too intense and we have a closed market, as in Sofia, we already become uncompetitive at the regional level because the cost of labor becomes too high.”

According to the interlocutors, it is very important to change the size of the budget with which we attract investors. At the moment, the budget of our Investment Agency is about BGN 9 million. By comparison, Serbia entered into a deal with 300 million euros a few weeks ago.

“Accordingly, we do not meet the basic requirements when an investor looks at the region to be able to be competitive with what other countries around us are offering.”

According to the interlocutors, urgent changes are needed in the education system and a key priority in the field is the creation of a standard for the quality of teachers’ work.

“Educational institutions, schools and universities need to be clear about what kind of product they produce in the end…At the moment the system is extremely formal, there are no quality criteria and we are lagging spectacularly behind Europe and the rest of the world.”

Commenting on the results of the parliamentary elections, the interlocutors stressed that the expectations of the business and the people are related to having a regular government that does its job. The state has been in a caretaker mode for two years, the caretaker government is not a body that can legitimise the important issues and the long-term commitments that need to be made and we need to get out of this mode.

Society is fragmented, but this is not just a Bulgarian phenomenon. Only – as in business, we cannot wait for all factors and conjuncture to line up perfectly to start doing work, it cannot be done, we have to work with what we have. Our plea to politicians is to stop trying for an ideal scenario as it will not happen. During this time, key aspects of Bulgaria’s way forward are actually questionable or to be postponed, or even neglected – like our membership in the euro area, in Schengen, the Recovery and Sustainability Plan is delayed too much, and to this we can add many institutions with expired mandates.

“We are a parliamentary republic, it has to be governed that way and the political parties that are in parliament – in whatever configuration they are – have to work”, the interlocutors point out.

The whole conversation can be seen in the video here.

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DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY – PORTUGAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, Inspiration, Funding of the good practice, Private, Other, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Type of initiative of the good practice, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY - PORTUGAL

28.04.2023

The Politécnico de Santarem organised a course, not conferring a degree, in Digital Literacy for the Labour Market for people with a disability level equal or above 60% in Portugal.

This course is based on the first inclusive education model in higher education for intellectual limitations and promotes the development of digital skills in vulnerable groups. In particular, the course gains in importance in the light of the new Portuguese legislation that obliges companies with more than 75 employees to employ people with disabilities.

The goals of the Digital literacy course are:

  • Increase the digital competence (ICT) for the population with a level of disability of 60% or more in Portugal;
  • Improve the use of digital services and tools;
  • Promote digital skills (ICT) that increase employability and partial independence.
  • Educate potential employers and mentors in networking, so they can establish links and lasting support for young people in the workplace;
  • Establish partnerships with entrepreneurial companies that focus on creating inclusive jobs;
  • Promote interaction between the business community and educational and research institutions.

Outcomes of the first edition of the course

The edition of the course already completed had 11 students, who all completed the course successfully.  Six of them already joined the labor market in companies such as Deloitte, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, El Corte Inglês, Vida com Vida Association and CTT Bank.

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Basic digital skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Portugal

Organisation providing the good practice

Start date

01.01.2020

End date

31.12.2022

DIGITAL SME LAUNCHES “PRESENT YOUR BUSINESS”

By Computing, Big data, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, For all, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Audience, Mobile apps, Technology, Blockchain, NEWS
DIGITAL SME LAUNCHES “PRESENT YOUR BUSINESS”

26.04.2023 |

A series of networking opportunities to boost Europe’s digital sovereignty 

  • “Present Your Business” highlights and showcases Europe-led innovation
  • The series of events offers a platform for digital enablers to team up and scale their businesses
  • The kick-off event will take place on 3rd of May 2023, online, featuring presentation of multiple technological solutions

The “Present Your Business” series is a platform designed to highlight the potential of European SMEs and start-ups as innovation’s drivers.

To unlock the potential of innovative companies, this series of events promotes the matching of digital solutions, fostering their competitiveness. The series will create synergies and develop digital solutions thereby nurturing an effective framework on how to adequately boost European digital sovereignty.

The initiative will be the space where innovators can present their digital solutions and partner up with fellow SMEs and start-ups to enable digital transformation of their business model. This event series will give the floor every month to five selected companies, displaying their businesses in ten minutes maximum each.

The European digital market is rapidly evolving, and SMEs are the de facto champions of innovation. Digital transformation of business is a priority of the EU´s Digital Decade. The Digital Decade objective for 2030 concerning technological uptake is for at least 75% of companies to use cloud, AI or Big Data.

Within this objective, the EU wants to ensure that more than 90% of SMEs have at least a basic level of digital intensity. With these goals in mind, “Present Your Business” is an excellent opportunity to showcase the potential of digital SMEs and start-ups and create a collaborative environment among them, unlocking opportunities to foster SMEs’ digital intensity and maximizing Europe´s innovation capacity.

“We are excited to launch the “Present Your Business” events’ series, which will bring together innovative SMEs from across Europe. By creating a platform where SMEs can collaborate, our ambition is to unlock the full potential of the digital solutions available in the European market. ”Present Your Business” will foster opportunities for SMEs and start-ups to partner up and maximise the benefits of the digital solutions available in the European market to drive Europe towards the twin transition” said DIGITAL SME’s Secretary-General Sebastiano Toffaletti.

The first session of “Present Your Business” will take place on 3 May 2023, from 14:30 to 15:30 CEST, following an online format.

Registration is now open for companies wishing to present their businesses, as well as for participants at this link

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Digital skills for all

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Digital technology

Software engineering

Big Data

Digital skills

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

WHICH TECHNOLOGIES ARE THE FUTURE OF CYBERSECURITY

By Software engineering, Blockchain, Big data, Microelectronics, Audience, For all, Technology, For ICT professionals, Computing, Cybersecurity, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Robotics, NEWS
WHICH TECHNOLOGIES ARE THE FUTURE OF CYBERSECURITY

25.04.2023 |

The struggle for supremacy between defenders and hackers involves the use of artificial intelligence, behavioural analysis and blockchain

Hackers and cyber defense experts are battling for supremacy using the latest technologies. Who will prevail depends on a deeper understanding of these innovations and their successful integration into cybersecurity. “”Capital”” has selected six technologies that are the future of cybersecurity.

Artificial intelligence and machine self-learning

Artificial intelligence is the trendiest buzz phrase of late and has huge applications in the cybersecurity sphere. In a sense, it also works somewhat like two-factor authentication. It works by confirming the user’s identity based on various parameters. AI is helpful if we add different layers of information and authentication to these parameters for the technology to analyze. Separately, AI is at the heart of building automated security systems, language processing, facial recognition and automatically stopping cyber attacks. At the same time, AI has been used by hackers to develop malware and automated breaches. AI is used by them to build fake images, profiles and videos that show things that never happened. Malicious actors can use machine self-learning for breakthroughs by providing incorrect data that confuses computer systems. Meanwhile, on the other side are cybersecurity professionals who use machine self-learning to examine information such as logins, transactions and communications in real time to identify potential threats.

Behavioural analysis

In the age of social sharing, analysing user behaviour online has been used to target internet ads to the right audience. But behavioral analysis is also increasingly applicable to the development of advanced cybersecurity technologies. Through this technology, certain patterns in system and network activities can be identified to prevent future threats. With the help of huge volumes of unfiltered data, professionals can use behavior-based tools, algorithms, and machine self-learning to determine what is normal behavior for everyday users and what is not. Such may be the increased transfer of data from a particular user device that signals a possible cybersecurity issue. Behavioral analytics has mostly been used in network activity, but its application in consumer devices is growing.

Built-in hardware authentication

Having a PIN and a password has long been insufficient to provide reliable protection for any device. Technologies such as embedded authenticators to confirm user identity are increasingly common. One of the most active in this area is Intel with its vPro chips, which are integrated into the hardware itself and use several authentication methods. This type of technology is particularly useful in the era of IoT devices, the number of which is steadily growing and so is the need for hardware authentication. According to a study by consultancy ABI Research, shipments of hardware authentication tools will reach 5.3 billion units by 2024.

Quantum computers

Although we’re still talking about them in the future tense, quantum computers can perform certain types of calculations far more efficiently than classical computers. For this reason, they pose a significant threat to current cryptographic security systems. Quantum computing has the potential to unlock secrets ranging from users’ personal finances to the defence strategy of entire countries. Thus, in time, hackers and states will be able to break current cryptographic protocols. For this reason, there is also a need for cybersecurity with quantum computers. The big players in the sector, such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM and Intel, are developing their own quantum computers, and their practical application is expected in at least a decade.

Blockchain cybersecurity

There is no doubt that blockchain can change the way we use the internet. By creating a decentralized system, the technology can provide a more secure and efficient way to manage digital information. It works based on recognition between the two parties to a transaction. By creating a record that cannot be altered and is fully encrypted, blockchain helps prevent fraud and malicious activity. Privacy issues can also be addressed in blockchain by anonymizing personal data and using permissions to prevent access.

Zero Trust model

As its name states (zero trust), this type of cybersecurity is based on the idea that the network is already compromised. Zero Trust says that any component of a computer or network system cannot be trusted, including the people who run it. Therefore, measures must be put in place to make systems and their components work properly, usually in a model with continuous checks and authentication. Which includes analysis of business-critical data and the flow of that information and automated monitoring.

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INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL DIGITALIZATION – APRIL 2023

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, For the workforce, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Bulgarian, Bulgaria, Course, Format of the training, Online training, Training fee, Paid training, Up to three months, Duration of training, Type of training, Language of the training, Country providing the training, OPPORTUNITIES
INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL DIGITALIZATION - APRIL 2023

24.04.2023 |

The course enables teachers and principals to apply analytical thinking in developing a plan for digitizing learning processes, whether at the classroom or at school level. Participants will be introduced to academic concepts and models of quality digital practices and resources, as well as the specifics of writing an innovative school project with a digitization focus. The course is in partnership with Education Without Backpacks, a leading expert civic organization in the field of school digitization.

Skills you will acquire

  • Evaluating the quality of digital learning processes
  • Evaluating the quality of digital learning resources
  • Planning the digitisation of learning processes
  • Writing an innovative school project
  • Analysing and thinking systematically

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for all teachers, vice-principals and principals with an interest in digitalization, educational entrepreneurs.

The training starts on 27 April, for registration and further information, click here.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Level

Basic

Middle

Format of the training

Online

Training fee

Paid training (160lv)

Duration of the training

Type of training

Language of the training

Bulgarian

Country providing the training

Bulgaria

VENTURE CAPITAL IS (STILL) IN LOVE WITH THE FINTECH INDUSTRY

By 5G & WiFi, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Mobile apps, Big data, Audience, For all, Technology, For the workforce, Computing, For ICT professionals, Telecommunications, NEWS
VENTURE CAPITAL IS (STILL) IN LOVE WITH THE FINTECH INDUSTRY

24.04.2023 |

Even with significantly lower valuations than the market, venture investors continue to focus on fintech.

You will be hard pressed to find a large venture capital fund, no matter in the world or in Bulgaria, that is not interested in financial technology companies. Interest is actually an understatement – over the past decade, many funds have put fintech companies at the very center of their strategies and poured in generous investments at generous valuations. This has led to a glut in the market in some respects – for example, the sheer number of portfolios that are likely to go through a consolidation phase or simply bankrupt many of them.

Venture capital interest in fintech companies is still there, but it is much more specialised. Investment is still generous because promising companies need significant financial resources to enter the industry. Valuations, on the other hand, have experienced a dramatic correction, in many cases down more than 50%. Now a correction is expected because the market has driven down the value of almost all companies by equal weight, without taking into account that some are simply better and more valuable than others.

All these features are important given the two different situations for venture capital funds around the world and in Bulgaria. While globally the most important news for funds is central banks raising interest rates – the end of so-called free money, in Bulgaria venture capital is mostly backed by public funds, and many have little time to invest their remaining money under mandate. This does not mean that Bulgarian funds are not interested in what is happening in international markets, but it does mean that they have less fear about whether there will be more money to invest after the end of their current mandates.

“Fintech in general is an industry with a big market because it was created by previous players like banks and insurers. The market is already there, it’s huge and what fintech companies are doing is disrupting or improving models”

Alexander Terziiski

The reason for the interest in the fintech industry

“Fintech is still one of the verticals that has the highest volume of investments and the most advanced readiness for underwriting,” says Alexander Terziyski, partner at venture capital fund NV3 (the third NEVEQ fund). According to him, there are several reasons for venture capital interest in fintech. The first and most important factor is that companies in the sector are automatically in a long-established market of enormous size.

“Fintech in general is an industry with a large market because it was created by previous players like banks and insurers. The market is already there, it’s huge and what fintech companies are doing is disrupting or improving models. They enter it much more easily because they are simply attacking existing markets. Nobody is creating something new, but they are providing an innovative solution to an existing problem,” says Terziiski.

This foundation leads to the logical corollary – fintech companies can grow extremely fast because they don’t have to create a market out of nothing. According to Terziiski, many companies grow even just because the overall market grows, i.e. the wave lifts all boats. “Given the point we are at, it makes a lot of sense to pour money into fintech companies,” he adds.

Another reason for funds’ interest in the fintech industry is that it is full of good founders and teams, many of whom come from the traditional financial sector and have seen up close what can be optimized. For funds, teams are a particularly important part of their decision whether to invest in a company, and when it comes to idea-level startups, the team is basically the entire company.

Read more here.

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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Artificial intelligence

EXPLORE U.S. TECH WEBINAR

By 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, EVENTS
EXPLORE U.S. TECH WEBINAR

01.04.2023 |

AmCham Bulgaria together with the Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency and in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria and BASSCOM organize a webinar focusing on the opportunities for technological companies to grow on the American market. This event is designed for those companies that aim to invest in scaleup in America.

About the webinar

Industry seasoned speakers and startup mentors from the United States will share what resources are available to Bulgarian SME software and services startups for their plans to grow in the United States. Bulgarian and European tech developers are increasingly facing the imperative to grow beyond their continent due to various limitation at home – either caused by limited market size or obsolete regulation. One third of the USD 5 trillion global information technology (IT) market is in the United States, making it the largest tech market in the world.
 

The Webinar will tackle issues like what it takes to enter the US market with an existing software product or service, how to raise the capital needed to invest in US scaling, is such available to non-American entities, how to become and investor or a start-up in the United States, and where could one find support and “soft-landing” for their overseas growth initiative in America. Within the U.S. tech market itself, almost half of spending is in the tech services and software industries, so finding partnership opportunities as B2B supplier to the American tech sector will also be addressed – yet another form of market entry scaleup in the United States.

You can find the agenda and register here.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

AI

Cybersecurity

Software engineering

IoT

Mobile apps

Web development

VR&ML

Date

04.04.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Online event

FIRST STEPS IN CREATING CLASSIFICATION MODELS WITH PYTHON

By Software engineering, For all, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Up to one week, Format of the training, Online training, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Bulgarian, Bulgaria, Course, Free training, Training fee, Duration of training, Type of training, Language of the training, Country providing the training, OPPORTUNITIES, Other trainings
FIRST STEPS IN CREATING CLASSIFICATION MODELS WITH PYTHON

21.04.2023 |

Watch the free online seminar “Getting Started with Python (Jupyter Notebook)” on April 27, 2023 (Thursday) at 19:00 with speaker Georgi Hristov.

About the seminar

The workshop aims to address the key considerations in the creation of classification models. It will describe the basic steps in creating a model, as well as the risk factors that any beginner (and not only) should be careful of. At the end of the workshop, a simple classification model will be created in Python (Jupyter Notebook) that demonstrates the issues described.

About the lecturer

Georgi Hristov

Georgi is an ML enthusiast with a strong interest in scientific work. He graduated in finance and accounting and it wasn’t long before he discovered his passion for machine learning, and programming. He is currently a PhD student and lecturer, and is looking into the various ways in which neuroevolution (the combination of neural networks and genetic algorithms) can be applied for improved risk management in commercial banks. He is also interested in the creation of macroeconomic models and simulations. Works mainly with Python.

For further information and registration – here

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Programming

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Format of the training

Online

Training fee

Free training

Duration of the training

Type of training

Language of the training

Bulgarian

Country providing the training

Bulgaria

PROGRAMMING BASICS WITH C#

By In education, For the workforce, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Bulgarian, Bulgaria, Course, Free training, Format of the training, Online training, Training fee, Duration of training, Up to three months, Type of training, Language of the training, Country providing the training, OPPORTUNITIES
PROGRAMMING BASICS WITH C#

20.04.2023 |

The Programming Basics course provides the beginning programming skills required for all technology studies at Software University. This includes writing entry-level programming code (basic coding skills), working with an IDE, using variables and data, operators and expressions, working with the console (reading input and printing results), using conditional statements (if, if-else) and loops (for, while, do-while).

Skills you will acquire:

  • Working with the console (data input and output)
  • Working with loops (for)
  • Working with more complex logic checks
  • Working with logical checks (if-else)
  • Performing simple calculations
  • Working with more complex loops (nested for loops and while loops)

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for complete beginners with no need for experience with technology or computer science.

To view the course topics in detail and further information click here.

After passing the exam, you will gain a certificate from SoftUni if you get a score above a Very Good 5.00 in the practical part, and you will also have the opportunity to receive a state-recognised “Certificate of Professional Training” valid throughout the European Union.

The registration for the course is open until 10 May.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Programming

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Format of the training

Online

Training fee

Free training

Duration of the training

Type of training

Language of the training

Bulgarian

Country providing the training

Bulgaria

Classification

Database

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For children, EVENTS
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

20.04.2023 |

Participate in the first edition of the School Telerik Academy Digital Technology and Programming Festival.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • An exhibition of 100+ digital projects developed by students studying in the academy’s schools
  • Inspiring stories from interesting personalities
  • Meeting our alumni and faculty from across the country
  • Games, prizes and other surprises

PROGRAM:

10:00 – 10:20 – Opening

10:20 – 13:00 – Project Exhibition

13:30 – 15:00 – Inspiring stories

15:00 – 16:00 – Closing Ceremony

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is required. Register here.

The festival is organized by School Telerik Academy, with the support of Sofia Tech Park, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Lidl and aims to inspire and reward the efforts of all digital creators from their schools.

Детайли

Уебсайт

Таргет аудитория

Дигитални умения в образованието 

Дигитални умения за деца

Дигитална технология/ категория

Дигитални умения

Дата

29.04.2023

Достъп до събитието

Безплатно събитие

Формат на събитието

Присъствено събитие

Локация на събитието

John Atanassov Innovation Forum

RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

By For all, In education, For the workforce, Audience, Technology, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, Web development, Mobile apps, EVENTS
RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

20.04.2023 |

Rails Girls Sofia for the fifteenth time!

Rails Girls is a free two-day workshop aimed at ladies with zero or minimal experience in programming and technology.

The main goal is to show that programming is a fun, interesting, exciting and very useful skill that can be used in many different ways. You will have the opportunity to create your first web application, in an enjoyable atmosphere and under the guidance of experienced instructors. More about the event ↓

The event requires (free) registration in advance.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Web development

Mobile apps

Date

12.05.2023-13.05.2023г.

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

2020 Event Space

Sofia

INNOVATION ACADEMY 2023

By 5G & WiFi, In education, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, NEWS
INNOVATION ACADEMY 2023

19.04.2023 |

For the tenth year in a row, Innovation Starter’s “Innovation Academy” will be held on June 2nd and 3rd in Sofia Tech Park. The project is dedicated to the development of entrepreneurial skills of students and the financing of their first business ideas. The event will have the character of a hackathon, during which students will present their ideas to an expert jury including investors, lecturers and innovators from different fields.

One of the projects of the participants will receive funding in the amount of 20 thousand BGN, and the winner will receive other prizes, including those with an educational focus. The first three teams will have the opportunity to visit the European institutions in Brussels. An additional 20 thousand BGN from the prize fund will be distributed to other participants at the discretion of the jury.

Anyone wishing to participate in the hackathon must apply by submitting a registration form by the end of May with their team name. Teams eligible to apply must consist of 2 to 5 people, and each participant must be a student.

If approved to participate, the teams will be assigned mentors who will not only advise the participants, but also determine the twenty teams that will reach the finals. In practice, if the mentor considers that the team’s idea is not clear enough or is impractical, the team may not proceed to the third and final phase. At the final stage, a panel of ten academics and ten business experts will determine the winners and the ranking of the competition.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN 2023

By Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, For the workforce, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, NEWS
THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN 2023

05.01.2023 |

 The new year of 2023 has already arrived and we all expect new and better opportunities for personal development and career growth to open up before us. While we have sent a turbulent year filled with challenges, fears of crises and recession, in 2023 we look ahead and strongly hope for greater stability and predictability both economically and in the job market.

To remain competitive in 2023, as in every year before, we need to not only maintain our soft and hard skills, but also upgrade with new knowledge in different areas.

In connection with the new expectations of employers in the rapidly evolving business environment, we share part of an article on the website Karieri.bg, as it details everything we will need for a successful career in 2023.

According to Karieri.bg’s analysis, a balance of knowledge related to various technological platforms, artificial intelligence, software and good digital literacy will be needed for a rapid development. General digital literacy is listed as a top priority for recruiters. It’s everywhere and everyone has some knowledge of it. These days, most professions use a lot of tech tools and employers want to know that their employees will be able to handle them. Digital literacy is defined as a soft skill as it is less related to one specific platform and more to the ability to learn and adapt to new technologies, writes Dilyana Krasimirova in the analysis.

For employers, it is important that employees and job applicants have four key qualities to demonstrate their digital skills:

  • knowledge of existing and most used technologies or platforms;
  • the ability to communicate clearly in an online environment;
  • the ability to present ideas online;
  • managing teams using technology tools.

We can define digital literacy as a person’s ability to use IT and digital technology to find, evaluate, create and communicate information, according to the Karieri.bg article. Most employers consider a candidate to have these qualities if they can conduct thorough online research, which they can then analyze and evaluate, be able to create a range of different digital documents and use digital communication systems effectively.

The full text of the article can be found here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Digital skills

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

By Media literacy, For ICT professionals, 5G & WiFi, For public administration, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Audience, Big data, Technology, For all, Computing, In education, Telecommunications, For the workforce, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

30.03.2023 |

 The national strategic document, “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” was adopted by Decision of the Council of Ministers № 493 of 21 July 2020. It defines the vision and policy objectives for the digital transformation of our country for the next decade as a generalized policy framework, which includes the National Program “Digital Bulgaria 2025”, the priorities of the “National Development Program BULGARIA 2030”, as well as a number of other national strategic documents with a technological component, covering the period up to 2030.

The document describes 6 objectives to be achieved over this 10-year period:

  • Deploy a secure digital infrastructure
  • Ensure access to adequate technical knowledge and digital skills
  • Strengthening research and innovation capacity
  • Unlock the potential of data
  • Digitalisation for a circular low carbon economy

Enhancing the efficiency of government and the quality of public services

A total of 17 impact areas for the period up to 2030 are described in the strategy document: digital infrastructure; cyber security; research and innovation; education and training; labor market adaptation; digital economy; agriculture; transport; energy; environment and climate; health; finance; culture; disinformation and media literacy; territorial development; digital governance; and security and citizen participation in the democratic process.

The development of digital technologies and their integration into all spheres of economic and social life necessitates a rethinking of the approach to harnessing their exceptional potential for enhancing the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy, increasing demand and supply and the efficiency of public services and successfully tackling the main social challenges in the period until 2030.

The full text of the National Strategic Document “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” can be found at the following link:

National strategic document DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

Details

Website

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Digital infrastructure

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

01.02.2023

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT

By Basic digital skills, For all, Audience, Technology, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Type of the educational resource, Self-assesment tool, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS ASSESSMENT

27.03.2023 |

 Digital literacy and skills are critical for most employees and employers in the 21st century. The gradual introduction of digital technologies into every sector of the economy places new demands on employees who want to succeed in the labour market.

In this article you can find a Digital Literacy and Skills Test that will help you assess your competitiveness in terms of the work skills that employers are looking for in their current, but also future employees.

The test consists of 26 questions of varying difficulty and is designed to assess your digital skills and should serve as a starting point for your subsequent development. The results, which will be given to you immediately, will show whether you have the minimum knowledge required to use computer systems, e-mail and other tools indispensable in carrying out everyday work tasks, regardless of the sector to which they relate.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Details

Document

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Type of the educational resource

Self-assessment tool

Language of the educational resource

English

Methodology

Country targeted for the educational resource

All

Organisation providing the educational resource

Accelier

BULGARIA: PLOVDIV SCHOOL PREPARES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMMERS

By Basic digital skills, For children, In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, AR & VR, Public, Bulgaria, Funding of the good practice, Type of initiative of the good practice, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
Plovdiv school prepares artificial intelligence programmers

27.03.2023 |

 In 2022, the Plovdiv high school “St. Paisii Hilendarski” opened a program for students in grades 9-12, preparing them for the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”. The program is aimed at developing methods for implementing aspects of human intelligent behavior. The main goals of the training are:

  • Introducing students to artificial intelligence;
  • Learning various programming languages;
  • Data analysis and processing;
  • Understanding the basic concepts of neural networks.

Students who graduate from the “Artificial Intelligence Programming” specialty acquire a third degree of professional qualification and the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”.

The “St. Paisius of Hilendar” high school can also boast the opening of a parallel class for fifth graders in “Robotics and Virtual Design”. The skills that students will acquire during their training include:

  • Application of robotics to solve practical tasks;
  • Construction and programming of robotic devices’ behavior;
  • Web design – creating and publishing information on the internet;
  • Designing, creating structure, visual and graphic design of websites;
  • Building, testing, and publishing websites;
  • Styling and adding functionality to web pages;
  • Virtual and augmented reality – creating and animating 3D objects; transforming 2D into 3D objects.

The goal of the school is to create specialists prepared for the professions of the future by acquainting them with the possibilities for development and career in the field of high technologies.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

SU “Paisii Hilendarski”

Start date

(15.09.2022)

End date

(dd.mm.yy)

ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, In education, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

30.03.2023 |

 Digital transformation is reshaping society and the economy with an ever-deepening impact on everyday life. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it demonstrated the need for higher levels of digital capabilities in education and training, but also led to an increase in a number of existing challenges and inequalities between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not, including the disadvantaged.

The Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) is a renewed policy initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the sustainable and effective adaptation of the education and training systems of the countries of the Union to the digital age.

The Digital Education Action Plan:

  • Proposes a long-term strategic vision for high quality, inclusive and accessible European digital education
  • Addresses the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an unprecedented use of technology for education and learning purposes
  • Seeks stronger cooperation at EU level on digital education and stresses the importance of working together across sectors to bring education into the digital age
  • Presents opportunities, including improving the quality and quantity of digital learning, supporting the digitisation of teaching methods and pedagogy, and providing the infrastructure needed for inclusive and sustainable distance learning

To achieve these objectives, the Action Plan identifies two priority areas:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem

This includes:

  • infrastructure, connectivity and digital equipment
  • effective digital capacity planning and development, including advanced organisational capabilities
  • digitally competent and confident teachers and education and training staff
  • high-quality learning content, user-friendly tools and secure platforms that respect e-privacy and ethical standards

2. Improving digital skills and competences for digital transformation

For this it is necessary:

  • basic digital skills and competences from an early age
  • digital literacy, including dealing with misinformation
  • computer education
  • good knowledge and understanding of data-intensive technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • in-depth digital skills that equip more digital professionals
  • ensuring that girls and young women are equally represented in digital training and work

To support the two priority areas, the Commission will set up a Digital Education Hub strengthening cooperation and exchange on digital education at EU level. The Digital Education Action Plan is coordinated by the Digital Education Unit of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

For more information, you can follow this link: https://education.ec.europa.eu/

 

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2021-2027

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND LEARNING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA (2021-2030)

By Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Blockchain, Telecommunications, Big data, Media literacy, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND LEARNING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA (2021-2030)

28.03.2023 |

The present strategic document and the Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030 outline the general framework for the development of education, training, and learning in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, Training, and Learning in the Republic of Bulgaria (2021-2030) was developed by the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with stakeholders.
The strategic framework takes into account that the main challenges in public affairs in the 21st century are driven by the intensive pace of development in all areas of public life, generated by mass digitization and technological advancement. According to this document, functional literacy in mathematics, technology, and digital skills needs to be further developed in current and future students if we aim for them to confidently tackle the major challenges on a global scale. For this reason, the introduction of a model of education based on interactive methods, active interaction between participants in the educational process and educational content is necessary.
Digitization and new technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, are changing the world and the structure of professions. This change requires an increase in the level of digital competencies and a focus on education on mathematics, technology, and engineering skills; on working with algorithms, developing flexibility and adaptability skills. Young people must have access to quality education. Visible from the analysis presented in the Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, a large part of the children entering school will have a profession that does not yet exist, while many other professions disappear and are replaced by automated processes. Over the next 10 years, there is expected to be a significant shortage of technical personnel with vocational and higher education.
The strategy takes into account the unsatisfactory level of digital skills among participants in the educational process, but highlights the introduced training for acquiring digital skills and the provided access to free internet and digital resources in schools as a strong point, as well as the priority policies for digitalization in education, including in relation to the transition to a digital and green economy. The conservative social attitudes and limited support for proactive changes in education in line with technological and societal developments are identified as a threat to achieving the set goals in the development of digital skills in students.
Among the 9 priority areas for the development of education and training until 2030, Educational Innovations, Digital Transformation, and Sustainable Development in Education are identified. Digital skills and competencies are a priority for the entire educational spectrum, and access to ICT for children of the 21st century is declared an integral part of education. Efforts will be focused on developing skills in students to become digital creators, to model, program, and develop digital creativity. Efforts will be directed towards introducing specialized software solutions for analyzing and assessing educational results. Education for sustainable development is closely related to international discussions on sustainable development, the UN program, and the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Ministry of Education and Science

Roadmap

2021-2030

Latest update of the strategy

24.02.2021 г.

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

SOFTUNI OFFERS A FREE ONLINE SEMINAR FOR CONTENT CREATION

By Digital marketing, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, For all, Technology, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Free training, Up to one week, Online training, Bulgarian, Bulgaria, Short learning programme, OPPORTUNITIES
SOFTUNI OFFERS A FREE ONLINE SEMINAR FOR CONTENT CREATION

30.03.2023 |

 Content creation is at the heart of digital marketing, and the ability to write compellingly and creatively is a must for anyone looking to delve into the depths of full branding development.

SoftUni Digital is providing a free training workshop on Content Creation Strategies.

The online event is designed for anyone involved in social media content creation and interested in the latest methods of engaging audiences and attracting new audiences. The lecture will cover topics such as:

Why is it important to have a social media strategic plan?
How to develop our content strategies?
Is our branding and identity important?
What are the latest trends for creating brand and product awareness?
How do we measure the effectiveness of our work?

The webinar aims to show through practical examples the different approaches in digital marketing and successful content creation techniques.

The lecture will take place online on January 26 at 7:00 pm after pre-registration here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Format of the training

Online

Training fee

Free training

Duration of the training

Type of training

Language of the training

Bulgarian

Country providing the training

Bulgaria

PROJECT ‘’PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR DIGITAL SKILLS AND CREATION OF A PLATFORM FOR ADULT EDUCATION IN REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA’’

By Basic digital skills, For the workforce, Audience, Technology, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION, Без категория
PROJECT ‘’PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR DIGITAL SKILLS AND CREATION OF A PLATFORM FOR ADULT EDUCATION IN REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA’’

06.04.2023 |

The development of digital skills is a priority in several programs and strategies for the next few years. The same is true for the project “Provision of Training for Digital Skills and Creation of a Platform for Adult Education.”

The main goal is to expand access and provide more opportunities for quality education using digital technologies. The development and implementation of a virtual platform for online learning will provide flexible and accessible forms of learning, such as online distance learning courses and electronic resources for self-study.

After the creation and implementation of the virtual e-learning platform, all courses in the electronic learning environment for unemployed and employed persons, organized within the framework of the active labor market policy and funded by the state budget and the ESF+ under the Human Resources Development Program, will be conducted through it.

The virtual e-learning platform will be linked to the “My Competence” Competence Assessment Information System, which presents models with descriptions of the skills necessary for the successful performance of key positions, work with tools, as well as databases and electronic registers related to adult education – the National Labor Market Database of the Employment Agency (EA), the Electronic Register of Vocational Training Centers of the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training (NAVET), etc.

Training providers and supervisory bodies (e.g. MLSP, EA, NAVET, employers, etc.) will have access to the platform. They will be able to monitor and control the execution of the training in real time. At any given moment during the training period, the presence of trainees, performance of the curriculum by day, performance through access to examination materials and tests, access to materials and survey cards for evaluating the training, etc. can be checked. This way, compliance with the regulatory requirements for organizing training and for the quality of the training conducted will be monitored.

The total planned financial resource is BGN 379,470,088.

Project implementation period – 54 months (2022-2026)

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for public administration

Digital skills for the labor force

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Republic of Bulgaria Ministry of Labor and Social Policy

Roadmap

54 moths (2022-2026)

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

BGN 379 470 088

Stakeholders involvement 

BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

By For children, In education, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, Без категория
BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

03.04.2023 |

 In a series of virtual workshops, the little ladies learn about technology and programming, and turn their ideas into exciting projects. We introduce them to grown-up girls who are already successful professionals in the so-called “male territory” of technology. 

A Dojo is a free, volunteer-led, community-based computer club for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo and learn to code, build a website, or create an app or game. Dojos are a space for kids and teens to explore technology in an informal, creative, safe and social environment. The CoderDojo movement is formed of a global network of Dojos and the community of volunteers and children that make them happen.

CoderDojo Bulgaria started in 2015 and it’s the regional body of the CoderDojo movement in the country. It’s a privately sponsored initiative providing free tech education for kids aged 7-17.

DojoGirls is an initiative that is held annually. The event’s main objectives are to excite girls’ curiosity about technology, provoke girls’ interest in STEM, change gender stereotypes and present female role models.

The mentors are IT specialists and tech amateurs who generously volunteer their time and knowledge.

 

Details

Уебсайт

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Programming

Organisation

CoderDojo Bulgaria in partnership with SAP, Telerik Academy and Digital National Aliance.

Country 

Bulgaria

 

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: KIDS INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

By For children, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives
BULGARIA: KIDS INCREDIBLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

03.04.2023 |

Kids Incredible Technology and Engineering Projects is 72-hour free tech event for kids aged 7 to 17. The event includes a project exhibition, competition and tech workshops.

KITE Projects – is the most exciting adventure of the year! The technology event for the youngest innovators, creators and entrepreneurs!

Kids from Dojo clubs all over Bulgaria have 3 months prior the initiative to develop their projects.

During the event hundreds of inspirational projects are being presented in front of judges and kids have opportunity to enter the world of innovations and ultimately entrepreneurship. Each of the projects is rewarded for the effort and enthusiasm spent on it.

The main objectives of the KITE Projects are to deliver the necessary skills to create a generation of digital creators, innovators and entrepreneurs; empower the youth to launch their projects; provide additional workshops and incubators and introduce the kids to entrepreneurs, innovators and industry leaders.

The event is held annually in a hybrid format.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Organisation

CodorDojo Bulgaria and Digital National Alliance

Country 

Bulgaria

Type of the initiative

National initiative