Coding 4 All – We are looking for partners! 0 Reply


The report recently presented by the CIP, entitled “Automation and the Future of Labour in Portugal”, prepared in partnership by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and the New School of Business and Economics, indicates that about 1.8 million people “will need to improve their skills or change jobs by 2030, “which” poses significant challenges that will require an active role from both government and the private sector in the process of retraining the workforce.”

In this context, “the digital transformation of national society and economy represents a huge opportunity” and to minimise the challenges arising from this transition it is necessary to re-qualify the society.

With this purpose and taking into account the need of starting the process of preparing future generations for the skills that the transition to the digital economy will require, the Dialogue CafĂ© Association proposes to launch a pilot project that will consist on a cycle of activities to be implemented in Summer 2019 – precisely when young people are on vacation and more available for non-formal learning – which would include:

  1. a) Coding Training Course
  2. b) English Training Course
  3. c) Story-telling Course
  4. d) Hands on: my first app
  5. e) Solve problems: the planet is our home
  6. f) Life is beautiful: be supportive

The aim is to implement a pilot training for young people aged from 12 to 14 living in territories of interior regions of Portugal (five locations, to be determined) for a total of 600 participants, and then, on the basis of the results obtained, to evaluate the possibility of continuing these activities during the academic year 2019-2020 and to eventually extend the network of beneficiaries to other locations not only in Portugal, but also in other Portuguese-speaking countries such as Cape Verde, Brasil and Mozambique.

The principle of this project relies on the use of the videoconference system developed by CISCO – called telepresence – and provided to Dialogue CafĂ© Association and its network members.

This project is based on the use of the existing Dialogue Cafes network – namely Lisbon and Évora – and the creation of three new temporary locations in Portugal, located in localities in interior areas that could later become permanent or been transferred to other locations. To this end, and as is the rule with the existing network, local partners will be sought to serve as hosts of the Dialogue CafĂ©s, which may include cultural centers under the tutelage of city councils.

We are looking for partners! Join us now!

We are looking for partners who wish to support the initiative from the public, private and philanthropic sectors. As well as local partners who wish to provide space, the provision of internet and electricity, as well as, if possible, local facilitators and support in the dissemination of activities and mobilisation of young people.

DC -Projecto – C&DC – Code 4 all (Further information in Portuguese)

For further information, contact: Helena Barroco, Director a.i. of Dialogue Café Association





Future Smart Cities II – Design for our Future Self 1

Future Smart Cities II
Imagine yourself in 2025 or 2050

We had a great session yesterday connecting designers, architects, social scientists, policy makers and social innovators from Lisbon, Amsterdam, London and New York to discuss the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.

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In Lisbon (left) we were joined by Pedro Veiga (FCCN), Ana Fatia (Action for Age), Susana AntĂłnio (Think Public Portugal), Luis Jeronimo (the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) and Pedro Rocha Vieira (Experimenta Design). In Amsterdam (centre) we were joined by Peter Roelofsma (HealthLab), Sabine Wildevuur (CareLab, Waag Society), Wytse Miedema (Aging Well, Almere Municipality), Martin Kriens (Amsterdam Smart City)  and Sacha van Tongeren (Waag Society). In New York (right) we were joined by Matthias Hollwich (HOLLWICHKUSHNER). In London we were joined by Annabel Knight (The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), Kevin Johnson (Aging Well, Cisco IBSG)  and Diogo Vasconcelos (Cisco IBSG).
Demographic changes are likely to place huge burdens on pension systems as well as health, housing and care services. There are a raft of new and emerging social needs – such as loneliness, and isolation which will need new and fresh thinking if they are to be addressed. Even though the scale of the challenge is daunting there are a number of new projects and new approaches – around design, ICT and architecture – which could point a way forward.

Each of the projects showcased yesterday have at their core the notion that the elderly are a resource, that all projects should be user driven and user centred –  or put another way, developed by and with, not for, the elderly.

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The discussion started with a presentation of the pioneering and innovative HealthLab project by Peter Roelofsma. The HealthLab project is based on three main strands: ICT to support the elderly to
remain active and live independently, for longer in their homes, through for example, virtual coaches; a social or multi-cultural aspect which places importance on social relationships and provides opportunities for developing and cementing social ties; and architecture which provides the setting for independent living but also the spaces for meeting and social interaction. In this way, the project is developing a holistic approach to ageing.

Then we discussed the need to move away from ICT driven innovation and
explore other fields, other perspectives and approaches to innovation in
the context of ageing. We talked about smart architecture and Matthias
Hollwich presented some of his most recent projects, including BOOM.


Boom is a retirement village like no other – a community oriented development in Palm Springs for LBGT retirees. With projects like these, Hollwich’s remark that “there are 17,000 nursing homes in the US and 17,000 reasons why not to go to a nursing home” is definitely true.


We’re hoping to continue this discussion next month. For more information contact julie@dialoguecafe.org

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Olá Sandra! Já foi inscrita. Contamos consigo :) Obrigada pelo interesse.
daliasendra on 2019.01.28