Sofia is the Third Best Place for IT Start-Ups in Europe

By digitalchampion  | June 10, 2014

Such is the title of the Bulgarian National TV’s (BNT) report on the opening of the Digital National Alliance in Bulgaria on 10 June 2014. We are enclosing the article BNT wrote about the even. For more information and the video report by BNT about the event, you can visit their webpage.

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Business, universities and the government signed a memorandum, which united them into the Digital National Alliance. It has nothing to do with politics; it’s created under the tutelage of European Commission and its task is to get more people acquainted with new technologies. According to European studies, Sofia is the third best place for ICT start-ups in Europe.

The President of the Atlantic Club, Solomon Passy, the future MEP Tomislav Donchev and the businessman Sandi Češko demonstrated the inevitability of technology by taking a selfie. The reasons for the European idea of a digital alliance are the 6 million unemployed youths in Europe and the lowered numbers of IT specialists with suitable education in Europe.

Constantijn van Oranje, chief of staff to Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes: “For example, knowledge of mobile applications, large amounts of information, coding, security … All areas, in which specialists are needed. Many people have the skills, but they are not recognized because they have not received them formally through education.”

This year the ICT sector is expected to experience a growth of 20%. Right now, about 40 000 people work in that sector. In Europe the vacancies in ICT are around 900 000. In 7 years, according to European data, over 95% of professions will require greater knowledge of digital technology.

Gergana Passy, Digital Champion of Bulgaria: “The children who are about to enter first grade do not know another world. If we are to offer them another world, they will be put off from learning. Of course, we are not talking about our children just hanging around in Facebook.”

Now that they are a part of the Digital National Alliance, DNA for short, the universities have to adapt their programs to the current ICT economy, and the schools have to adapt to teaching the kids to format files, work with excel and to be able to resolve digital and mobile specific problems.

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