Data4You has been selected as a finalist of the European edition of the Inclusive Innovation Challenge organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

This year’s IIC Europe Finalists have been announced. The MIT IIC was launched two years ago to recognize and celebrate organizations around the world that are using technology to solve a grand challenge of our time — to create not only prosperity, but shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work in the digital era. The brainchild of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, the IIC seeks to find and promote startups and entrepreneurial organizations using technology to increase financial prospects for low- and moderate-income earners. The IIC supports entrepreneurs by recognizing and rewarding their technological solutions that are creating greater shared prosperity today.

This year, the IIC has expanded to a global tournament model, collaborating with partners in five regions — North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. This year award categories are Skills Development & Opportunity Matching, Income Growth & Job Creation, Technology Access and Financial Inclusion. Data4You is selected in Skills Development & Opportunity Matching category in the European part and the top 12 finalists of the Future of Work in Europe will be celebrated on September 10 in Darmstadt, Germany.

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

Edtech non-profit startup Data4You believes it is critical to prepare people to succeed in rapidly growing job categories in tech, including all types of software development, robotics, AI, and renewable energy. Our goal is to build and cultivate the digital society by helping as many people as possible to learn programming. Data4You's innovative educational model is re-inventing the way programming can be taught in an affordable way. Our scalable solution combines the best of the on-line and off-line teaching concepts to reach and provide high-quality education to students regardless of their age, gender or socioeconomic background. We strongly believe that all people should be empowered to build great products that make everyone’s lives better and easier.

The demand for high-tech skills is on a longterm growth track, it is estimated that the number of IT practitioners will grow from 8 million in 2015 to almost 8.7 million in 2020 in the EU28. The latest predictions expect the gap between demand and supply to reach half million. Simultaneously the millennials generation reports a mismatch between their skillset and the skillset expected for their current job or a job they would prefer to work at. The skills mismatch affects all layers of society, from the productivity and efficiency of businesses to the current and prospective welfare of youth. Accessible life-long education and training therefore gain more relevance than ever as the industry strives for maturing the professionalism and keeping pace with disruptive change.

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