Liberty Global

Liberty Global

Liberty Global strongly believes in the transformative power of the internet and the liberating power of technology. This is why it aims to develop and support initiatives that fuel people’s imagination and empower them to bring positive change in their communities, whilst developing digital skills. Liberty Global's flagship program, Digital Imagination, is a collective movement to create digital solutions that respond to pressing societal challenges. The main components include: 

  • Future Makers: creating exciting ways to learn the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy and create a positive social impact.
  • Original Thinkers: Supporting and investing in innovators and entrepreneurs to use digital to inspire social change.
  • Collective solutions: bringing people together to take part in using digital to solve the most pressing issues facing society.

Additionally to these main initiatives Liberty Global understands that it has a responsibility to protect children online by empowering parents and teachers to educate young people about staying safe online. 

Last update: 01/11/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO
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Liberty Global

Liberty Global is the world's largest international TV and broadband company. Investing, innovating and empowering people to make the most of the digital revolution.

Qualitative Impact

• Enhancing digital competences – giving Europeans the tools and means to learn and be better prepared and thrive in the digital economy.
• Promote digital citizenship – through our programs we want to raise awareness on the importance of harnessing the potential of European citizens to get involved and solve social issues in their communities by using their digital skills and technology.
• Supporting technological solutions – through our programs we want to discover, nurture and invest in technological solutions that respond to societal issues.
• Protecting children online – continue disseminating educational materials that teach different stakeholders how to stay safe online and collaborate with schools to get the eSafety Label accreditation.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People reached through awareness raising 20,000 young people impacted by educational materials 20,000 N/A
Other/entrepreneurs engaged 80 entrepreneurs to be engage in the Digital Imagination Challenges 80 N/A
People trained through a blended approach/ young people 100 young people directly participate in the program 100 N/A

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

Through the Digital Imagination flagship program we set out to empower people to create digital solutions that respond to pressing societal challenges and we are pleased to see that more and more young people and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of projects that enable them to do just that. The programs under the Digital Imagination strategy (Future Makers, Original Thinkers and Collective Solutions) aim to help enhance digital competences of the participants while promoting digital citizenship. We also aim to support the technological solutions that come out of the programs we run and scale them across the markets where we operate.

In addition to this we supported Safer Internet Day by creating a consumer-focused campaign that gives our consumers information about how they can keep their family safe when using our products online or when watching TV.

1. Future Makers
a. Earlier this year our pan-European competition concluded with winners being selected from Ireland, Italy, Romania and Hungary. 36 projects from 13 countries around the world were submitted, aiming to tackle issues like health, education, environment and wildlife conservation, refugee crisis or online safety.
The winners:
In the category 10 – 13 years old:
• Winner: 12 year old coder from Italy who developed an educational game for children with Down Syndrome.
• Runner-up: 12 year old coder from Romania, created a robot that can monitor CO2 levels in a classroom and signal the teacher if those levels exceed healthy limits.
In the category 14 - 17 years old:
• Winner: 17 year old coder from Ireland, developed 'Eye Opener', a device that prevents drivers from falling asleep at the wheel by warning them when their core body temperature drops (a core sign of falling asleep).
• Runner-up: 15 year old coder from Hungary, developed 'Mustad!', an educational app that teaches sign language, allowing anybody to easily communicate with people who are deaf.
More about the winners here: coderdojo.com/news/2017/03/14/announcing-the-winners-of-the-future-makers-awards/

b. Together with Virgin Media Ireland, we sponsored again this year CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects event in Ireland, where over 600 projects were displayed from 17 countries around the world. We presented the Future Makers Awards to a young coder from Belgium who developed an app that facilitates refugees integration in the community once they arrive in a new country. The runner-up is a young coder from Ireland who developed a special beehive that helps her monitor the activity and wellbeing of bees, through sensors and a special software in an effort to save the bee population.

c. Our colleagues in Belgium, Telenet, organized a Coolest Projects competition as well in collaboration with CoderDojo Belgium. 45 projects were presented during the day and Future Makers Award was handed to a young coder who developed glasses to help people with color blindness. coderdojo.com/news/2017/06/02/the-second-coolest-projects-belgium/
More on the event here: www.coolestprojects.be/

d. Since 2013 Liberty Global and our operations have helped scale over 90 CoderDojos across Europe.

e. During Code Week this year we wanted to shine a light on all the amazing previous Future Makers Awards winners and show that young people can have a significant impact in their communities by using their digital and coding skills. Here are the stories of the previous winners: www.youtube.com/playlist

2. Collective Solutions
a. The Digital Imagination Challenge was launched beginning of June in Poland with over 4,000 Polish people voting on which are the most pressing challenges that face Polish society. Polish entrepreneurs are invited to submit their technical solutions to solve these challenges: Health tracking for the elderly, Smart living and Lifelong learning. More about the challenge in Poland here: upc-digitalimagination.pl/

b. The Digital Imagination Challenge was launched In October in Germany and it aims to gather technical solutions that would enable people with disabilities to fully participate in the digital environment, creating a barrier-free digital world. More about the challenge in Germany here: unitymedia-digitalimagination.de/de/

3. Protecting Children Online – Safer Internet Day 2017
To mark this year's Safer Internet Day, we have joined forces together with our operations to highlight the parental controls available on our products and the e-Safety materials accessible for our consumers, empowering them to keep their families safe online.
One pager on the education materials available to our consumers: www.libertyglobal.com/cr/PDF/Liberty-Global-Protecting-Children-Online-Educational-Resources-2017.pdf

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
Safer Internet Day 28/02/2017 Completed
Get Online Week 31/03/2017 Canceled
Future Makers Awards 31/12/2017 Completed
Coderdojo local initiatives 31/12/2017 Completed
Collective solutions programme rolled out in Austria, Poland and Switzerland 31/07/2017 Completed
Collective Solutions program in Germany 31/03/2018 N/A
Collective Solutions program with industry partners (Adaptive Power Challenge) 30/09/2018 N/A
Collective Solutions program in Germany (2nd edition) 31/12/2018 N/A
Future Makers programme 31/07/2018 N/A
Future Makers programme 30/11/2018 N/A
Protecting Children strategy implemented 31/12/2018 N/A