Thinking big ideas together:120 young attend the first Think Big project fair in Berlin

-10 selected projects are given funding of 1,000 euros
-Start of the next stage of the Peer Scout programme to provide training for young people as coaches for other Think Big participants
-Young people from all over Germany shared experiences and inspired each other
MUNICH/Germany. Young people have so much to offer, as the more than 16,000 participants from all across Germany proved when they put their ideas into action with the help of Think Big. 120 of them met in Berlin from 15 to 17 June for the first project fair of the Think Big programme, set up by Telefónica Germany and the German Children and Youth Foundation (GCYF). The event was also the starting point of the second stage of funding for selected projects.
Ten projects now receive a special support to let their ideas become reality: Instead of the usual 400 euros project funding they each receive 1,000 euros along with experienced young people to help them on their way. One of the projects is that brings students into contact with private individuals who are able to offer the students low-cost accommodation in return for their help around the house. The "Connecting People" project is another example, which supports refugees in bureaucratic issues and in learning German. The Peer Scout programme is also entering the next round, helping to train 15 young people in project management, consulting and presenting so that they can coach other young people and represent the Think Big programme as ambassadors. The first workshops already took place at the Think Big project fair at the JugendKulturZentrum "Alte Pumpe". 120 young people came together to present their projects, learn from other participants and inspire each other. Telefónica Germany employees, too, were on site and offered their know-how in the fields of marketing and digital media.
"We believe in the potential and the ideas of young people", says Roland Kuntze, Vice President Corporate Communications at Telefónica Germany. "For this reason we support young people with Think Big to commit themselves and realise their own projects with the help of digital media." Under the motto "Think big, act now" young people between the age of 14 and 25 can apply with their ideas at They will receive a financial support of 400 euros as well as professional advice from local partners.
Think Big is a social programme sponsored by Telefónica Europe that supports young people in those markets where the company is active through its O2 product brand. Think Big started in Germany in 2010 in partnership with the German Children and Youth Foundation (DKJS) and with the support of Federal Minister of Family Affairs Kristina Schröder and rapper Kool Savas. Under the motto "Think big, act now" Think Big 2012 is supporting the involvement of young people. It was developed in collaboration with the Fundación Telefónica and builds on the latter's globally recognised expertise in social and cultural issues. Many Telefónica employees have already taken part in the trust's Proniño programme, which supports schooling and training for more than 163,000 children in South America. Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and its brand O2 belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has more than 105 million mobile and fixed network customers in Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.