20.01.2015 | Jobs of the Future Decoded

When: January 20, 2015
Where: The Microsoft Center, Rue Montoyer 51, Brussels, Belgium
If European youth are to compete in the digital age whether that be to build their own app or manage a business, the next generation must be exposed to computer science as a foundational skill along with maths and science.

Join us alongside government representatives, researchers, industry, and educators to take stock of where Europe stands to prepare youth for a technology-driven future and the impact coding and computational thinking will have on future jobs in the region!


9:30 Welcome and Introduction
Stephen Collins, General Manager, Corporate Affairs EMEA, Microsoft

9:35 Championing youth for innovation
Roberto Viola, Deputy Director General at DG CONNECT, European Commision

9:45 How will youth shape business in the 21th century?
Brad Smith, Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs

9:55 Creating the next generation of technology innovators in Europe
Introduction and moderation by: Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research

Youth testimonials by:

  • Panos Economou, Kodu Kup Winner, Greece
  • Roxana Rugina, YouthSpark Ambassador, CEO & Co-founder of Simplon, Romania
  • Beatrice Viotti, Architecture student, Entrepreneur, Italy

10:35 CODE- A new language for Europe
Message from Portuguese Minister of Education, Nuno Crato

10:45 Dynamic Panel Discussion: The Sprint to Innovation: beyond an ‘Hour of Code’
Introduction and moderation by: Jennifer Baker, EU Technology Policy Correspondent

Panel participants:

  • Mary Maloney, CEO of Coder Dojo, Ireland
  • Kadri Kukk, Hour Of Code, Microsoft Baltics PR Lead, Estonia
  • Oystein Imsen, EU Code Week Ambassador & Innovative Teacher, Norway
  • Kiril Rusev, Entrepreneur, Developer, CEO of Jumpido, Bulgaria

11:55 Closing of YouthSpark session

12:00 Networking Lunch


Invite your friends and colleagues to “Jobs of the Future Decoded”!
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