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Symposium 2022 on 22/11/2022

The Journey of the Champions

Over the last years, the role of technology in the process of issuing, claiming and verifying digital credentials is decreasing – so are the costs. It is meanwhile possible to use a range of free or low-cost platforms and easily become part of the ever growing community of digital credential issuers without any technical expertise. Also governments are considering and funding the promising opportunities that are apparent in verifiable credential ecosystems – however, it becomes more clear that the successful adoption of badges and credentials is not a matter of technology, costs or regulations: it is based on the Champions who go above and beyond their current role to create ecosystems of informal, non-formal and formal recognition.

These Champions, or also sometimes called “intrapreneurs”, are following a vision that is bigger than the tasks that they are assigned to at their workplace. They understand that building ecosystems with other organizational, governmental and educational stakeholders is key for scaling their programs – be it for internal mobility, increased engagement, or leveraging the potential of the growing gig-economy. At ICoBC, we think that such Champions are a true source of inspiration for the community and that supporting them in their scaling their network, the entire community benefits. This is what we aim for through the Symposium 2022.

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The program:

09:00 – 09:30Registration is open & welcome coffee
09:30 – 09:45Opening Remarks by the president of ICoBCArmin Hopp
ICoBC, Germany
09:45 – 10:00Skill based hiring: the need of the corporates and the answer of the education sectorElena Magrini
Head of Global Research
Lightcast, UK
10:00 – 10:30Setting the scene: Quo Vadis?
Representatives of Government, Education and Corporate are discussing the key challenges.
Jan Renz
Project Lead “Digital Education (Meta) Platform”
Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

Matthias De Bièvre
Visions, France

Online Facilitator:
Rupert Ward
10:30 – 11:00Examples of successful practice: The journey of the championsEsther Grieder
Platform Solutions Specialist
Humanitarian Leadership Academy, UK

Dominic Orr
Senior Advisor digital transformation
GIZ, Germany

Brian Mulligan
Head of Online Learning Strategic Projects
Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Online Facilitator:
Rupert Ward
11:00 – 11:30Break
11:30 – 12:00Empowering the ChampionsAnna Aslanova
Leadership Coach, Germany
12:00 – 13:001st Session of the Learning Café: Tackling the challenges on your journey to championshipFacilitator:
Jan Muehlig
BadgEurope / relevantive, Germany
13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:302nd Session of the Learning Café: Scaling digital credentials’ adoption by fostering ecosystems of recognitionFacilitator:
Jan Muehlig
BadgeEurope / relevantive, Germany
15:30 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 17:00Wrap Up of the Learning Cafés
17:00 – 17:15Closing Remarks
17:15 – 17:50Reception