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.
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