Project managers of the projects supported by the SK-NIC Fund in 2019, have already started implementing the declared activities.
In early 2020, SK-NIC organized a presentation of the individual projects where the Internet community members or the media could learn more about them.
From these projects can be randomly mentioned for example the Junior Internet project. This project has been repeatedly successful and it is actually a competitive conference for elementary and secondary school students who submit their works in the IT field, such as websites, applications, blogs, or digital design, and on the basis of this they start a variety of other great projects. This competition organized by AMAVET has 15 years of tradition and its qualitative contribution convinced the project evaluators in 2019. Interesting information is also available directly from the project implementers.
From the point of (non-)view of the blind people it is possible to give a beautiful and true statement – „Putting your finger on the touch screen of your smartphone is like closing your eyes on a square and looking for the right bench.“ Ing. Roman Martinovič, the founder of non-profit organization Stopka, who create the Corvus application for the visually impaired and the blind, started the presentation with these words. Thanks to the support from the SK-NIC Fund, the organization is preparing further important activities for this application.
We are pleased to contribute to the growth and development of our virtual Slovakia and that the SK-NIC Fund has fulfilled its essence since its first call. We want to continue to help projects which are interesting for their innovation, cyberspace protection, education within the Internet etc. We are pleased to say that we have already supported some of the successful projects also with other activities.
In the first round of the call 56 applications were receieved, from which the Pontis Foundation recommended to support 11 and these were also supported. It is an interesting fact that 43% of all requests were from the field of education, however also citizen associations, natural persons, limited liability companies, foundations or church organizations were among the applicants. In this call the projects in the range of 5,000 EUR to 10,000EUR were supported, and we have redistributed practically the whole allocated sum of 100,000 EUR among them.
The next call will be focused on larger projects, which means that we will support projects in the range 10,000 EUR to 30,000 EUR and there will be also some new topics. We expect this call to be announced in March 2020.
The second call will focus on projects in the following three areas:
- Information and communication technologies education
- Digital inclusion
- Projects with a positive impact on the environment (so-called „green IT“)
All necessary information about the SK-NIC Fund are on the SK-NIC, a.s. website and also at the Pontis Foundation website.
We will continuously monitor projects that have received support from the SK-NIC Fund and inform about their implementation. We are already looking forward to the projects in the next call and their contribution to the development of our virtual Slovakia.