Recommendations for an inclusive digital future

Youth Recommendations


Over the past 30 years, a new digital culture, interactivity and instantaneous communication have fundamentally changed our world. We are now at a new crossroads: advances in augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence; the ‘internet of things’; how we interact with devices and the disappearance of the keyboard; big data and user experience tailored to the individual will all change how we live, work, play and participate in society – administratively, economically, socially and politically.

What are the potential benefits of these changes, what are the potential drawbacks? How can we ensure that such changes lead to the further development of inclusive societies?

While public awareness of some ‘negative aspects’ of a digital world (on-line bullying, ‘fake news’) has increased, there has as yet been very little public discourse on how these aspects can be ‘fixed’.

“Our digital future, c’est ICI” offers young adults a new platform for a debate that addresses our digital future in a holistic and positive way, and focuses on identifying the principles, processes and decisions that will lead to the most inclusive digital societies.

The project is realized by the Goethe-Institut, ThinkYoung and Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi NDG and funded by the European Union.

24h Thinkaton How to Participate

If you are a young adult between 18 and 30 years, have your residency in either Europe or Canada, if you are interested in shaping your digital future and also consider yourself as part of any kind of underrepresented group, this is the right project for you! Participating, online or onsite, gives you the unique opportunity to influence regulations towards an inclusive digital society. Our goal is that your voice will be heard! All outcomes, your thoughts and opinions, will be communicated to European and Canadian policymakers as well as the media to assure that our shared digital future will be inclusive.
Between October 2019 and 2020, a series of “24 hour Thinkathons” dedicated to different topics around digitalization will take place in different cities across Europe and Canada. To support local networks, and a transatlantic exchange at the same time, we are matching a Canadian and a European city for each event as follows:
  • “Citizenship 4.0”: Montreal – Brussels (October 4-5, 2019)
  •  “Social Relations”: Edmonton – Milan (November 29-30, 2019)  
  • “Smart and Fast Expanding Cities”: Vancouver – Madrid (March 13-14, 2020)
  • “Security”: Halifax – Tallinn (May 29-30, 2020) 
  • “Education”: Ottawa – Athens (September 25-26, 2020)
  • “Culture and Entertainment”: Toronto – Frankfurt (October 16-17, 2020) 
Connect with young driven people from Canada and Europe on a local and international level, and share your opinions on how we can build our future society in a modern digital context! Network, develop new skills and influence topics that are important to you and the world! You also have the chance to win a trip to Frankfurt or Brussels to present the outcomes of this project.
Make a difference for your future! For further information on each topic, to sign up and to take part in the challenge, please click here

24h Thinkatons

Montreal - Brussels

Montreal-Brussels | October 4-5, 2019
Citizenship 4.0

Work with like-minded people on-site and online to shape our future around “Citizenship 4.0”! What impact are technological advancements having on citizenship? How can we use digitality to build an inclusive society with active citizenship?

Social relations

Edmonton-Milan | November 29-30, 2019
Social Relations

Work with like-minded people on-site and online to shape our future around “Social Relations”! How have social relations changed as a result of technological advancements? What can we do to positively impact the way we socialize in a digital context?

Smart Cities

Vancouver-Madrid | March 13-14, 2020
Smart & Fast Expanding Cities

Work with like-minded people on-site and online to shape our future around “Smart and Fast Expanding Cities”! How do technological advancements influence our concept of cities? How can we use them to create smart cities?


Halifax-Tallinn | May 29-30, 2020

Work with like-minded people on-site and online to shape our future around “Security”! How does digitalization impact our understanding of security? What can we do to create inclusive security?


Ottawa-Athens | September 25-26, 2020

Work with like-minded people on-site and online to shape our future around “Education”! How has the concept of education changed as a result of digitalization? How can technological advancements be used to enhance our education?

Culture & Entertainment

Toronto-Frankfurt | October 16-17, 2020
Culture & Entertainment

Work with like-minded people on-site and online to shape our future around “Culture & Entertainment”! How do technological advancements affect entertainment and culture? How can we connect traditional culture with modern entertainment?