Successful Alliance Impresses German IT Summit 2008 Attendees

One of the challenges that all informatics stakeholders face is the continuous attempt to attract young talent to informatics – through either starting university studies or by becoming a practitioner. Therefore, the projects introduced at the 3rd IT Summit of the German Federal Government by GI and partners (DLGI – the German ECDL provider, BWINF – German Federal informatics contest (an investment of GI), Fraunhofer Society and the German Federal Government) were extremely well received by attendees. Details of the projects included:

Informatics Moodle, an open apprenticeship, learning and exchange platform by DLGI to motivate people using self-study materials (ECDL, Informatics Beaver, Open Office, Microsoft Office, and more planned). After only six months of operation the site has received180,000 visitors and 2,350,000 pages have been visited.

Informatics Beaver, an online contest to promote informatics and computer literacy and the German adaptation of the pan-European ‘Bebras’ initiative. 53,602 children aged 10 to 18 years, of which 22,042 were girls, participated and had fun with informatics.

We’re Informatics is a web platform currently empowering several hundred GI student members with chat, conference rooms and cooperative web ‘white boards’. Its international launch is planned for later this quarter.

All three projects integrate well in the broad portfolio of existing activities, projects and contests, thus showing the positive effects of continuous collaboration.

More information on the German IT Summits 2006-08.

For similar projects see links above and also:,

Thanks to Peter Federer from GI for this contribution.