9–13 December 2019
Bucharest, Romania


SIDI Bucharest is designed for students and professionals keen to learn more about digital innovation, the impact of the Internet and other digital technologies on our society and economy, as well as the multiple dimensions of digital policy and Internet governance.


The School is mainly addressed to citizens or residents of South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area (SEE+), but other applicants are welcome as well.


The programme will contain a mix of lectures and students-led activities. Topics will range from Internet infrastructure to the digital economy, and from smart cities to the future of work.

Announcing the class of 2019

We have received over 120 applications, from almost 50 countries within and beyond South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area. 

Selecting participants was a challenging task, because many applications were outstanding, coming from governmental officials, representatives of private companies, PhD students and academics, and civil society organisations. 

While thanking all those who applied, we are proud to announce the list of participants in the first edition of SIDI.

check the programme for sidi bucharest

The programme for SIDI Bucharest is now set. The week-long initiative will include lectures and workshops on topics such as:
  • How the Internet works
  • The Internet governance and digital policy ecosystem
  • Building trust in digital technologies
  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime
  • Digital economy
  • Privacy in the digital era
  • Digital skills for the future of work

We are also preparing a simulation exercise for our students.

new partners joining SIDI

Over the past few weeks, new partners have joined SIDI:

  • RIPE Network Coordination Centre
  • EURid
  • InterLAN
  • Bucharest Promo Robots
  • Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation

We welcome them on board, next to other partners and co-organisers (SNSPA, ICANN, Internet Society, SEEDIG, 3B ICT Network, DiploFoundation, and Cluj IT Cluster).

What do we offer?

Selected participants will join a thorough week-long programme comprising lectures, interactive sessions and students-led activities.

Main subjects

Internet technology: origins and basic functioning
Internet governance and digital policy ecosystem
Digital cooperation
Internet economy and policy
Security and trust
The challenges of online content
Implications of advanced digital technologies
Digital policy from a regional perspective

An international scientific committee will further define the courses. The programme will be led by first-rank social scientists, engineers, industry and institutions representatives and practitioners.

Social activities

A social programme for networking will complement the week, including a visit to one of Bucharest’s main landmarks.


At the conclusion of SIDI Bucharest, participants meeting the attendance requirements will receive a certificate issued by the School organisers and partners. For students, the successful completion of the programme will be equivalent to 10 ECTS credits. Upon prior request, SNSPA faculty can include a note in this regard into the participants’ certificates.

What do we expect?

Selected participants are expected to engage prior to, during, and after SIDI with the school coordinators, their peers, and lectures. For example, participants will be asked to:

Go through some preparatory materials before the start of SIDI

During SIDI, actively participate in the lectures, debates and exercises included in the programme

After SIDI, submit a report and fill out an evaluation survey (guidelines to be provided during the school)


Since the entire programme is in English with no interpretation in any languages, all participants need to possess a good command of English.