SEEDIG Youth School

SEEDIG Youth School 2017

Are you a university student (undergraduate or master) originally from, or residing in a country in South Eastern Europe and neighbouring area (SEE)?

Are you interested in issues such as privacy and freedom of expression online, digital literacy, the Internet of Things, and cybersecurity?

Do you want to know who and how ‘governs’ the Internet? And how you can participate?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to all the questions above, then this programme is for you.


[NEW] Students testimonials

Well organised, stimulating, professional, informative and enjoyable programme. It gave me the opportunity to meet new friends and potential colleagues.

Uada Mema


Being part of SEEDIG was a very interesting experience for me. I learned a lot of new things regarding cybersecurity and its future. The most important thing is that thanks to SEEDIG I would love to work and have a career in this field. I really hope that in a near future I will have the opportunity to meet again with experts of cybersecurity.

Gesara Halili


SEEDIG Youth School is for me still a vivid memory thanks to the information that I have discovered there. Before being part of this event I did not even know clearly the difference between the e-governance and governance of the Internet. Now, not only that I know the difference, but I can proudly say that I have realised how important is the governance of the Internet and how important is the duty of maintaining a balance between cybersecurity and human rights. Even if I had not had an IT background, everything was prepared irreproachable and I was integrated in a group of smart young people with an amazing willingness to share their thoughts and who created an active debate. Also, the entire event was a source of information, since I was able to hear specialists from different fields of activities talking about interesting topics such as cybersecurity, fake news, smart cities, and so on. These things being said, thank you all who made SEEDIG 2017 an amazing experience and I hope that a lot of young people will apply to the next edition!

Corina Chircea


SEEDIG Youth School was a great experience and also a great initiative. I believe that including youth in such events is important because it encourages us to be more engaged with Internet governance issues, to learn, and also exchange our views.  

Dajana Mulaj


SEEDIG Youth School was a really interesting event. Everything was well thought, so everyone would get involved and feel part of the event. I appreciate the new information that I had the chance to learn about, on topics with a considerable importance for me. Best part: the nice people that I met.

Arta Leli

Programme status

The following students have been selected to be part of the inaugural SEEDIG Youth School, held in the context of the third SEEDIG annual meeting (24–25 May, Ohrid).

  • Aleksandar Gjoreski, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Andrijana Gavrilović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Ani Mkrtchyan, Public Administration Academy, Armenia
  • Anna Romandash, Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukraine
  • Arta Leli, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Avet Sedrakyan, National Polytechnic University, Armenia
  • Corina Nicoleta Chircea, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
  • Dajana Mulaj, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Diana Teodora Chiș, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
  • Gesara Halili, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Gjorche Cekovski, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Ledia Maleqka, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Loreta Kroj, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Sabajete Elezaj, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Sara Kovaceska, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Sasho Najdov, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Tina Lukezić, Sarajevo School of Economics and Business, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Uada Mema, University of Tirana, Albania
  • Vlado Velichkovski, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
What is this about?

On 24–25 May, SEEDIG will hold its third annual meeting, in Ohrid. This meeting will bring together representatives of governments, intergovernmental organisations, private sector, technical community, academia, and civil society to discuss issues related to the use and evolution of the Internet in SEE and beyond. See the programme for more details.

In the context of this meeting, a SEEDIG Youth School will be organised, as a pre-event dedicated to youth only. This is possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

If you are a university student originally from, or residing in a country in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area, this programme is for you. The aim of the programme is to offer you a space to learn, network, exchange your views with your peers, and prepare your own position to participate in the SEEDIG 2017 meeting. We hope this will also encourage you to become long-term part of the SEEDIG community, and of broader Internet and digital policy processes.

What do we offer?

The programme will include several components:

1. Online preparatory meetings, in advance of the SEEDIG 2017 meeting

During these meetings, you will get to know each other, and will learn about the basics of ‘Internet governance’ and ‘digital policy’. If these terms sound vague or fancy, do not worry. We will ‘dissect’ them together, and see what they actually mean. We will also tell you more about SEEDIG and other similar processes.

2. A half-day event dedicated to you, on 24 May  

During this event, you will get to meet some of the key participants at SEEDIG 2017. You will also explore in more depth at least one of the topics that will be discussed at SEEDIG – at your choice. And you will work together on developing a set of messages to present at the SEEDIG event. So you will be all set to join the discussions on regional (and global) digital policy! Exciting opportunity, right?

3. Participation in the SEEDIG 2017 meeting

You will be among the many other actors – from SEE and beyond – who will share their views and experience on various Internet-related topics during the two-day event. All you have to do is to raise your hand and make your point. No comment is silly and no question is stupid. 🙂

What we expect from you?

By applying for this programme, you commit to actively participate in all three components mentioned above. We expect you to become and remain an active part of the SEEDIG community after the Ohrid meeting. There are plenty of ways for you to stay involved, and we will make sure you learn about them during the programme.

Please note that the entire programme will be held in English, with no interpretation in any languages. Therefore, applicants should have a good command of English. That shouldn’t be a challenge for you, right? 🙂

Financial support? Absolutely!

SEEDIG will be able to offer financial support to a limited number of qualified applicants. The support will cover travel and/or accommodation expenses for participation in the Ohrid events. Lunches, coffee breaks, and social events will be covered as part of the SEEDIG overall programme. A stipend, reimbursements for visa fees, local transportation, or any other costs will NOT be covered by the organisers.


If you can cover the costs of your participation in the programme yourself, or find alternative funding sources – for example via your university – that would be great. And we actually encourage you to try to find such funding, given our limitation. We can support you in such efforts, through, for example, writing a letter explaining the programme. Send us an email and we will gladly discuss.

Review and selection

Your applications will be reviewed by SEEDIG’s executive committee, possibly with additional input from SEEDIG supporting organisations.

During the selection process, we will be paying attention to your motivations, as well as to the need to achieve a diversity of participants, in terms of: countries represented, fields of study, interest, etc.

Preference may be given to applicants who only require partial funding (i.e. a request to cover only the travel cost or the cost of accommodation).

To apply, fill in this form

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