Digital V4 is an initiative by organisations from the digital and modern technology industries of the Visegrad Group countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, with a common goal of creating policy supporting innovativeness and digitisation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Digital V4 is a project by organisations from digital and advanced technologies industry in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary with a goal of cooperatively creating a policy supporting development of innovativeness and digitisation in Central and Eastern Europe. The initiative refers to political and economical collaboration between the four countries in scope of the Visegrád Group (V4).
The enterprise has been established in October 2019 during Congress 590 in Rzeszów (Poland). The project is created in cooperation by four organisations: Digital Poland Association, IT Association of Slovakia – ITAS, Consumer Electronics Association in Czech Republic – ASE and ICT Association of Hungarian – IVSZ.

Digital Visegrad Group will test the digital competence of Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian citizens

Digital industry organisations from the Visegrad Group countries, associated in the Digital V4 group will test the digital competence of primary and secondary school students in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. The IT Fitness Test 2022 Visegrad Group project will start next year thanks to the support of the International Visegrad Fund.

The entire IT Fitness Test is a joint effort of partner organisations from all of the V4 countries, aiming to study the digital competence of the youth and test their readiness for stepping into the ever-changing job market. – The V4 edition of IT Fitness Test will allow everyone to test their skills for free. Our test will assess the competence of participants in five areas: Internet, security and computer systems, collaborative tools and social networks, office tools and complex tasks solutions, by testing their practical skills – explains Michał Kanownik, President of Digital Poland Association. He is responsible for the project in Poland.

Every respondent will receive a certificate describing their score and feedback regarding the need for improvement. Initiators of the project state that while the test will be aiming to test digital skills of students in primary and secondary schools, Digital V4 group will make the test available for every citizen interested in taking it. The official start of IT Fitness Test 2022 Visegrad Group is planned for April 2022.

Proven methods
The project has its roots in the Slovak IT Fitness Test, coordinated by Slovak National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs and has been run for a decade now. With support of the European Commission, more than 300 000 Slovak citizens have tested their digital skills. – Our test was awarded in 2014 by the European Commission for a comprehensive and innovative approach to increasing the digital literacy of young people in Europe. Now, thanks to the support of the Visegrad Fund and in cooperation with partner organisations in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, we are adapting it to the needs of all V4 countries. Starting next year, citizens of all of these countries will be able to test the digital skills in their native language – says Mario Lelovsky, 1st Vice-president of IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS).

Organisations of the Digital V4 group, engaged in the project highlight the fact that as digitisation progresses, competence requirements in the job market and our daily activities change. The pandemic sped up this phenomenon and forced citizens to adapt to the digital era even faster. This shift has been particularly obvious in case of students, as their educational activity had to be moved into the online realm as well. According to the initiators of the IT Fitness Test, digital skills of citizens will determine the competitiveness of Visegrad Group countries’ economies as Industry 4.0 develops.

The project is co-financed by governments of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary via Visegrad Grants of the International Visegrad Fund. The Fund’s mission is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

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Members

Digital Poland Association (ZIPSEE)

Polish industry employers’ organisation – bringing together the largest companies from the digital and advanced technologies industries in Poland, including manufacturers, importers and distributors. The key goal of the Association is taking care of the growth of digital sector in Poland. Since 2005, the Association follows and actively participates in works on any regulations with potential to affect the advanced technologies industry in Poland.

IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS)

The largest association bringing together all of the major Slovak and international IT / ICT companies operating in Slovakia. Established in 1999, it now represents over 100 members from the Slovak private IT / ICT sector. Enterprises represented by ITAS hire almost 30 thousand people combined. ITAS acts for the Slovak IT/ICT industry and supports digitisation of the Slovak society. It also aids Slovak IT / ICT companies in their international expansion goals.

Consumer Electronics Association of the Czech Republic (ASE)

Czech association for the consumer electronics established in 2005 by the key importers and manufacturers of consumer electronics. Members of ASE play a significant role in the consumer electronics market and their products constitute a major share in IT, telecommunications and home appliances.
ASE represents their members in a couple of fields, using regulatory activity to directly affect their position on the Czech market. It regards areas of electric and electronic waste management, copyright law, consumer protection and the issues of technical requirements for products.

ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ)

It is the largest and the leading advocacy group for the IT and ICT industry in Hungary. The Association operates as a shared platform for the IT, telecommunication and electronics sectors. The Association is engaged in implementing and spreading awareness of the importance of digital economy in Hungary. IVSZ represents the interest of the sector, society and supports the strategic aims of the Hungarian IT and ICT community. The Association brings together nearly 450 companies.