Educating the iGeneration Conference

The MAC – Wed 5 April 2017

Conference Timetable

9.30am - 10.00am: Conference Registration

10.00am - 10.15am: Introduction and welcome, Justin Edwards, CEO CCEA. Deirdre Hodson, DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, European Commission

10.15am - 10.45am: Building confidence and capacity in our schools - Liz Williams, Director, Tech Literacy and Education Programmes, BT Group

10.45am - 11.15am: A perspective from industry – Tom Gray, Director, NI Digital Catapult Centre

11.15am - 11.45am: Morning Break

11.45am - 12 noon: Northern Ireland Digital Skills Framework - Justin Edwards, CEO CCEA

12 noon - 12.45pm: 4 Workshops (Workshops to run concurrently, 45 mins each)

12.45am - 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm - 2.30pm: 4 Workshops (repeat of morning sessions, except workshop 2)

2.30pm - 3.00pm: Afternoon break

3.00pm - 3.20pm: Annika Östergren Pofantis, Digital Economy and Society Index 2017 – The digital skills dimension, European Commission

3.20pm - 4.00pm: Conference plenary session – panel discussion and Q&As

4.00pm: Closing Remarks


There are four conference workshops – sessions of 45 minutes, pre-booked by attendees, a maximum of 25-30 per workshop. These workshops will run twice on either side of lunch to provide maximum opportunities for delegates to hear our experts at first hand.

  • Morning Workshops: 12 noon - 12.45pm
  • Lunch: 12.45pm - 1.45pm
  • Afternoon Workshops: 1.45pm - 2.30pm

Workshop 1

The future is now – opportunities for digital skills – Niall Lavery, Digital Director, PWC.

Workshop 2 (12 noon - 12.45pm)

Digital skills training to foster social inclusion, MAKs centre, Jöelle Verreist, Anderlecht, Brussels.

Workshop 2 (1.45pm - 2.30pm)

Empowering young people to solve real problems with digital skills. The Apps for Good initiative in Portugal, João Sousa, Ministry of Education, Portugal.

Matilde Buisel, Apps for Good Portugal.

Workshop 3

Truth or Fiction, IT is for techies and is very very hard? - Brendan Monaghan, Chief Executive Officer, Neueda.

Workshop 4

Girls in Digital Skills – challenging the stereotype Orlagh Kelly,