Improving the Digital Agenda Assembly

We’ve just had an exciting Digital Agenda Assembly, with great participation online and offline (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/digital-agenda/daa/index_en.htm) and now it will be very useful to receive your feedback on how to improve this kind of event in future, make it more relevant and engaging. This forum aims at gathering comments and suggestions on the Digital Assembly, as a complement to feedback collected through individual assessment forms.

In particular your feedback is sought on:

- EVENT PREPARATION (programme, online interaction, registrations, other): feedback on DAA 2011 and recommendations for the future

- EVENT ITSELF (plenary and workshop sessions, networking and side activities, other): feedback on DAA 2011 and recommendations for the future

- FOLLOW-UP to the event (exploitation of shared information, elaboration of proposals and commitments made, link to future policy work around the digital agenda for Europe, other): recommendations for the future

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  1. Introduce each workshop via a discussion paper

    Each workshop should be introduced by a short discussion paper identifying the key issues to be discussed and the expected outcome. In this way more relevant people would come, and more relevant and purposeful discussion will be held

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    • Get presentations in advance

      Gives more time for discussion and contributions from all stakeholders

      14 votes
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      • DAA video contribution - Improve use of social media and communication

        The DAA video contest was a good idea - unfortunately, it had some shortcomings in the execution:

        - Due date and deadlines have been changed several times in advance. This created dissatisfaction among the participants, since they usually work toward a deadline. Thats the fun about a "competition".

        - There was no contact person for questions, e.g. when and how the movies will be shown. The responsible person for the YouTube channel could give no information.

        - The "winners" were not notified (e.g. by email) and were unfortunately not made ​​public. Accordingly, a participant did not know if his video…

        12 votes
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        • Use tools like Google Moderator to identify key issues to be addressed

          Some workshops like #daa11economy have very effectively used Google Moderator to identify key issues to be discussed. It would be even better if an open tool was used.

          11 votes
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          • Improve registration forms adding more options

            It's rare to see registration forms asking for things such as dietary or accessibility requirements. Please, add these fields to the registration form so the organizers could prepare for this well in advance and attendants don't need to look for someone in the organization and remind them about their special requirements. EC events must be fully inclusive.

            6 votes
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            • No language discrimination

              The event should not discriminate one of the three working languages of the EU, a discrimination of German and French is not acceptable. The Commission has to compensate for that bias at the advantage of native speaking stakeholders from third nations.

              4 votes
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              • Useless USB and gifts

                It does not make sense to hand out USB devices when there is no content (e.g. presentations) found. At a DAA you assume that participants do not need paper to take their notes unless they ask for it. Do not provide umbrellas, chose a better location. All these giveaways are mere waste.

                4 votes
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                • Have experts formal presentations ie Information Security to workshop participants

                  I have noticed that there was lack on knowledge on some of the participants in some areas, ie Information Security Awareness, or Web marketing and Viral marketing so a good idea is to have a one day rolling presentations to participants on the areas to be covered on workshops so you build awareness and have better feedback. Thus having a one day more but much better results.

                  3 votes
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                  • Fair and balanced preparation

                    The selection of speakers was strongly biased towards Brussels professionals from larger players and did not consider fair representation of all European nationalities, business sizes and gender.

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                    • Confirmation of places at the event

                      There was a long time delay in confirming places at the event. It would have helped me to know sooner because of planning other activities around those dates. Other wise the registration process worked well.

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