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How can we enhance our knowledge of emerging technologies? 

Among various technological developments, emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality; are impacting businesses and citizens across the globe. They continue to transform our economy and society and impact almost every aspect of life. It is predicted that by 2030, emerging technologies will reach the plateau of productivity. It is now more important than ever to develop the necessary skills to understand the functioning and impact of these technologies. 

To make basic knowledge of emerging technologies available and accessible to all European citizens and SMEs, Digital SkillUp has been developed as a contribution to the learning pillar of the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform. It provides free and easy-to-follow online courses on: 

Within this discussion thread, we would like to encourage you to share your experiences of learning about emerging technologies

  • As an individual or an organisation, what methods do you use to reskill and upskill around emerging technologies?  

  • Do you have any initiatives, resources, practices or tips related to learning about emerging technologies? 

  • If you are a training provider, what is your approach to designing, creating, and deploying training on emerging technologies? How do you create an engaging learning experience

Feel free to comment below and share your insights! 

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Hey, I am a student in Germany and I would like to learn to code. My school offered programming classes a few years ago but I kind of let it slip in recent years. Does anyone have recommendations on how to start, preferably for free? Otherwise I will be unemployed by 2030 according to Misses Ursula von der Leyen :(



In reply to by n0079yyn

Hi @Jarne Willrich‍,

These free-of-charge courses could perhaps be a good match for you:

  • Computer Programming for Everyone by Institute for Coding;
  • Python for Data Science, AI & Development by IBM (in case you are interested in learning more about the Python language).

You can find detailed descriptions of them in the Digital SkillUp Training Catalogue. Feel free to browse there for other interesting learning opportunities as well.

Hope this is helpful and best luck with boosting your coding knowledge!:)

Best wishes,



Join the Digital SkillUp webinar 'Closing the SME digital skill gap together' on 15 July

If you are an SME or startup representative or perhaps you know any? SME or business support association? Then we have something for you!
Interested in boosting your company's knowledge on emerging technologies? Would you like to share your training experiences or best practices and learn from others? Join the Digital SkillUp webinar on 15 July at 13:30-14:45 (CEST) to discuss SMEs' upskilling needs, challenges and ways to overcome the existing digital skill gap together. The online event will provide an open space for exchange and collaboration. More information can be found here.



We had a very intersting discussion with SMEs, learning about the main upskilling challenges they face in respect to emerging technologies, and the tools which could help them.

We found out that:

  • difficulties persist choosing the most suitable training courses for the business and for each staff member;
  • acquiring non-cognitive skills beyond the core content is still challening;
  • help is needed to establish a learning pathway within the organisation and to align skills towards the existing certifications and overall competence frameworks;
  • there is the need to have very simple but agile guidance, basic pathways towards upskilling, which would match the needs of SMEs in different sectors and also of different maturity levels;
  • the pathways could also be supported by competence frameworks for non-IT professionals who need to work with a certain type of advanced technology (for example robotics applied to the healthcare sector)
  • there is also demand for the concrete successful business cases of SMEs that managed to adopt emerging technologies, transform their business and to equip their staff with the needed skills to implement the new business processes.

Do you agree with these findings? Do you have any other ideas to be considered?


P.s. you can find more adout these findings and the workshop here.

Best wishes,




For those interested in emerging technologies and, specifically, Edge Computing and Machine learning - there is an interesting free online training session 'Machine Learning at the Edge and the Far Edge'.

It will cover topics and tutorials and use cases of EdgeAI, Federated Machine Learning and TinyML - novel approaches which can be very interesting for skills experts and advanced users of machine learning technologies.

This training session will take place on 30 of August during the IoT Week 2021. It is free of charge, but registration is needed.

You can find out more about this training session here:

Best wishes,