“We believe the power of ideas and approaches to technology can transform Europe’s social and economic future for the better. One goal of Campus Party in Berlin is to rewrite the source code – or web DNA – for Europe and reinstate the region as a global leader in technology”
José María Álvarez-Pallete López
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica Europe.
Who is Telefónica?
Telefónica Europe is a digital communications company that trades under the commercial brand Movistar in Spain and O2 in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. It belongs to the Spanish company Telefónica S.A..
We're bigger than you might think -around one in five people living in Europe are Telefónica customers. And worldwide, Telefónica counts more than 305 million people as our customers .
What do we do?
As well as a fixed-line and mobile telecommunications – in Germany, we are currently rolling out the new generation of mobile broadband technology: LTE - we're an Internet service provider, we do pay-TV, IPTV, machine-to-machine, eHealth, financial services and much more besides. Not only do we connect people, but we are also at the centre of the 'Internet of Things'.
And we go way beyond any other communications company when it comes to investing in your future….
Telefónica is making a valuable contribution to fuelling growth and innovation in each of our European territories, supporting new generations at a time of economic crisis and high youth unemployment
We are future-proofing the critical infrastructure to enable Digital Europe and taking real action to kick start Europe’s economy
We call this progressive action programme 'Telefónica Think Big'
What is Telefónica Think Big?
Telefónica Think Big promotes the power of ideas and technology to create a more entrepreneurial Europe, particularly among today’s younger generation which is facing unprecedented challenges.
Telefonica Think Big lies at the heart of Telefónica Europe's business transformation strategy. Our future rests on attracting and supporting the hundreds and thousands of creators that will build it.It’s these people who will make our digital vision a reality.
Each Telefónica Think Big initiative therefore encourages innovative thinking, entrepreneurialism and digital technology to stimulate young ideas, and new young business across the region:
- The Think Big Youth programme gives young people a chance to get started early, learning to be enterprising by turning their own ideas into successful social projects. The programme is already active in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Slovakia and Czech Republic and launches in Spain later this year. The programme is led by the Telefonica Foundation, accessing its world class expertise on social and cultural action and, in particular, youth social action. Think Big Youth has already seen 3,500 projects launched by young social entrepreneurs to the benefit of more than 65,000 young people. By 2015 it will back over 15,000 social projects led by young people with up to 1 million more young people benefitting from the programme. At Campus Party, we will have a Think Big App Workshop, have a look!
- Wayra is Telefónica's start up accelerator programme, created to find and nurture the best technology ideas and talent. Each of the nine Wayra Academies worldwide represent a state-of-the-art workspace where the entrepreneurs can base themselves to start to develop their business and feed off other like-minded entrepreneurs. To date, Wayra academies across Latin America and Europe have received more than 10,000 applications and has funded 116 projects. Wayra aims to have provided funding and support to 350 start ups across Europe by 2015. At Campus Party, we will have our Wayra Week where ten start-ups will be selected to move into our new academy in Munich in September.
- With Campus PartyEurope, Telefónica is bringing the world’s biggest technology event to Europe, unleashing the potential of 10,000 young innovators under one roof in Berlin this August where they can use digital technology to challenge convention, show off and test their ideas.
- A lack of skills owing to a 'brain drain' inspired Telefónica's Talentum initiative. Talentum is based on a simple idea – betting on young people and technology as the future of Europe. Talentum does this by creating job and digital learning opportunities for thousands of young people and university graduates. By 2015 we will have an additional 6,000 young people in our business through graduate programmes, internships and apprenticeships via Talentum.
- BlueVia is Telefónica's global developer platform that offers web developers more than anyone else. BlueVia has learned from the web world by making API’s free for developers to use and by provides more tangible ways for developers to make money and by enabling them to receive cash quickly via simple currency management tools.