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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    • Begin the DAA online in January and culminate in a June meeting

      The DAA could begin online in January, utilising social networking and other tools. This would help to refine the focus of the workshops at the June meeting, making them more action oriented. It would also increase the value of the physical networking experience when we come together in June.

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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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        • Unconference / barcamp

          Experiment with new forms of conferences and events which enable more ad hoc interaction

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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.

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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.

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              • Host DAA in Berlin (or any other city than Brussels)

                There is no good reason to let the EU DAA take place in Brussels. In Berlin venues and locations are more nice and food is better. You get more value for money.

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                • Reduce the overblown security and control

                  Brussels is a safe place. We do not need that much security and for the evening reception it would have been better to remove security staff. I had to leave early because a colleague was waiting outside and he was not permitted to join us.

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                  • 7 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.

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                      • Create an "info hub" of specific EU Ideas to be logged for action

                        Don't use the twitter, Facebook and other popular social sites to collect just real time views. Create a proper portal specific to EU knowledge needs. Create it so that people can type in their own language and the system automatically fans aged it into any other language. Use this t log "ideas for EU action". The twitter I saw being used by the conference was used to "log reactions to a presentation" but was largely wasted opportunity.

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                        • Ask the panelist specific views on what EU needs to do

                          The panel season was individual presentations but did not have any connecting view point flowing through the session. It would have helped if the panel session asked what the panelist would o to solve the cloud computing challenge rather than just provide some general slides. For example , ther needs to be. EU cloud computing CIO appointed ? There needs to be a set of EU joint portal service sites setup for service interchange ? Etc

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                          • Use a professional event venues

                            Major international events use profession conference hall facilities with dedicated conference rooms and theatres with good acoustics, This helps participation and audience engagement as well as better interaction. I've attended many conference events and this was noticeable absent in the venues used in Brussels for the 1st assembly.

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                            • Chair of panel needs to summarize the session key points to clarify

                              There needs to be structure agenda for the panel sessions with a Chair who understands the subject and summarises the session. This will help clarify the key points of the panel.

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                              • Mentoring of ICT startups

                                Utilize the combination of experience and entrepreneurship present, to have entrepreneur-camps during the assembly; using the experienced participants as mentors for the potential start-ups. Thus, we would get both more business started as well as more interaction and learning shared.

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                                • spread knowledge

                                  To set up an ICT Centre of Excellence in which all citizens must come from time to time!

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                                  • Earlier start ICT learning

                                    Distribution free of charge advanced ICT tools

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                                    • To be online,faster conection

                                      Influence on politicans

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                                      • Add an open source workshop

                                        It does make littel sense to discuss the European market future in the digital field without considering open source. In fact many players on the floor mentioned it but there was no dedicated workshop. It looks like a real bias on behalf of the Commission to exclude open source. That may be acceptable in the Brussels space ship but not for Europeans, even at the United Nations IGF they discussed open source.

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                                        • Get EU constituency priority when seats are limited

                                          With a limited set of seats to attend I think priority has to be given to domestic stakeholders, because we are the constituency to EU digital policies while others are not. I really do not understand why the Commission invites all these US companies, our competitors on the world market. I also found the selection process for workshop speakers highly intransparent.

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