iNerd game from the REIsearch campaign

iNerd: How nerdy are you? How nerdy is Europe?

Are a Steve Jobs like digital guru or a Mr Bean of the digital world? Play iNerd to find out!

iNerd makes you explore your knowledge of four key areas of the digital world: big data and artificial intelligencesocial media and Internet of Things. Upon completion of each session (iNerd can be played multiple times to test your improvements) your score will also lead you to a selection of explanatory videos and articles meant to improve your weaker spots.

iNerd is part of REIsearch, a citizen and media engagement campaign aimed at assessing and improving the digital competences of European citizens. It follows in the steps of the 2016 endeavour on chronic diseases which engaged more than 60,000 people.

You can exchange on iNerd and the REIsearch campaign with the hashtag #HowNerdyAreYou. Follow us on Twitter too!

EuroScientist, in partnership with REISearch, also published three articles on these topics:

  1. The new global race is for digital skills
  2. Cybersecurity: a growing concern
  3. iNerd quiz: one out of two Europeans scores as a digital Mr. Bean

About REIsearch

The data, collected from users in a GDPR compliant format, will be used by REIsearch to gauge the level of competence and awareness of the general European public in areas that are ever more crucial for Europeans ad AI and automation are profoundly remodelling our societies and job market. In this context digital skills and competence are becoming a key asset for Europe’s democratic and social resilience and inclusion as well as for its economic growth and competitiveness. As European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Junker noted in his recent State of the Union Address the number of active workers in Europe (239 million people) has never been so high and yet: «Youth unemployment is at 14.8%. This is still too high».

The aim of REIsearch campaign is to start a reliable and authoritative debate on digital competences (from media literacy ), bringing together researchers, media, policy-makers and citizens from all across Europe. This will allow to support the European Commission and Parliament in shaping its future strategies to drive an inclusive development of the digital sphere in the next years via regulation, policy action and funding.

REIsearch is a non-profit European initiative co-funded by the European Commission to demonstrate how a technological tool, coupled to a broad network of leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens, can help policy makers to make better use of all knowledge and experience – wherever it may come from – to make better decisions, based on evidence and experience, for the benefit of society as a whole.

REIsearch is promoted by Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy, launched seven years ago at the European Parliament by the former President of France Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and by Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini, today Honorary President and President of the Institute. REIsearch’s endeavour’s have been publicly endorsed by European Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Juncker commented who said:

“Innovation and new scientific discoveries are improving people’s lives and making our economy more competitive. Science should be open and freed from its traditional ivory tower; to be discussed, submitted to critique and fed with new perspectives. That’s why I warmly welcome efforts such as the REIsearch initiative to get Europeans engaged in the debate about science and research and inspire fresh ideas about how to solve some of our society’s most pressing problems.”

To this end, REIsearch is coordinating nine European media organisations – including EuroScientistDer Standard, El País, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Les Échos, Irish Times, Il Sole24ore, and Público – to run a citizen engagement campaign through their online editions as well as through REIsearch’s web platform. Elsevier and the European Commission’s DG Connect will facilitate the engagement of researchers. Some of the most important international and European organisations operating in the digital sector (Tallinn University of Technology, Oxford University, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Twente, University of Milan, University of Barcelona, Warsaw University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, Arduino, WeMake, OpenWear, SURFnet, IETF, IAB and Digital Catapult).

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5 thoughts on “iNerd: How nerdy are you? How nerdy is Europe?”

  1. Hello,
    I wanted to play the game, but clearly I’m not a nerd : I couldn’t go through the first step. After filling name, age and box for accepting the conditions, I receive a splash screen with info from the REISEARCH, I close it and I get back the empty form for name, age etc., and that is repeating for ever if I fill the fields.
    I tried on my Mac and on my iPad with the same kind of result, they don’t have the latest OS version (sure I’m not a nerd).
    Jean Richelle
    PS please note that the icons to go to facebook, linkedin, twitter etc. that are staying all the time in the middle of the screen and hiding in part this “comment” box are very annoying

  2. The name iNerd is well chosen. The quiz never asks about the material impact of big data, IOT etc. What minerals are used to build those machines? Where on the planet are they found and how long before those resources can no longer be extracted (in an economically viable way)? What happens when those materials (or the materials used for mining them) leak into the environment, and who will suffer most from that? How much energy is used by nerdy innovations, how is that energy generated and what is the impact on global warming? Those are the questions that our survival (or at least quality of life) may well depend upon. So please, iNerds, include the really crucial questions into your quiz !

    1. Thank you Anne. These are great points and will take them into account in preparing the next edition of the game.