What is the Get Online Week?

The European Get Online Week (GOW) is an annual campaign to engage people to use technology and the Internet with confidence and skills that allow them to benefit from the world of online opportunities. Supported by corporations, NGOs & public authorities, the campaign is organized each year in March by Telecentre Europe (TE), an umbrella organisation that represents digital leaders in 32 European countries.

GOW 2017

This year, 2,849 organisations in 25 countries engaged over 92,460 participants in 3,506 events and reached millions.

In 2017, Get Online Week challenges Europeans to learn, participate, share and create through thousands of events and activities tackling the digital transformation and its effects. People and skills, not technology, are the most important pieces in the digital transformation puzzle. The digital divide produces anxiety, uncertainty and insecurity regarding the future. Rather than resisting the digital transformation, people and organizations must prepare immediately and strategically for a skillset that will perpetually change and evolve.

The campaign highlighted the benefits of digital transformation, but also the importance of partnership in helping people and organisations to develop skills and a mindset to adapt to and take advantage of the constant changes.


The campaign activities, trainings, and events will address the following themes:

  1. Cybersecurity: use technology and the internet safely, manage your (digital) identity
  2. eServices: learn to keep up with eServices (eGovernment, eBanking, eHealth, eCommerce)
  3. Employment and entrepreneurship: learn new skills for jobs and for starting businesses

Read an overview of the GOW17 campaign to learn which activities are organised in different countries.

Results of the GET ONLINE WEEK 2017 CAMPAIGN:




See what is happening in different countries by clicking on the map

How to become part of the campaign

  • Wish to join an existing partnership? Check your country's National Partner and contact them
  • Would you like to organise events without joining the partnership? Then tell us about them in the GOW17 Community forum
  • As a participant, you can attend events, join activities and more organized by your national partnership, check for details in your country HERE

GOW17 campaign is supported by Young I-LINC Digital Changemakers in ten countries. Learn more about our young Digital Changemakers.

Join our GOW17 community and see the latest updates from them


We would like to draw your attention to the tools/resources that we kindly ask and strongly encourage you to highlight to your partners and use during the GOW17, including:


Since 2010, at least 60 organizations have been involved as national partners in 34 European countries. These organizations included over 15,000 organisations, reaching out to over 900,000 Europeans. GOW 2016 report here.