[Sponsored Report] KT gives back to society with IT tech

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[Sponsored Report] KT gives back to society with IT tech


“Dream Together,” a corporate network aimed to support children of low-income families by KT and other companies, and Community Chest of Korea celebrate the opening of “Saessak Ggumteo” (Children’s Dreaming Center), a new space for children’s experience. For the successful operation of the children’s center, related officials fly balloons.

KT’s commitment to social welfare is well explained by the letter “e” in Olleh, which stands for esteemed establishment for its fruit-bearing management and contribution to the society.

KT contributes to the society in the best way that an IT company can; by reducing the gap of access to information and by improving the quality of lives of those that make up the society with the long-term development in mind.

One way to reduce the information gap is by reaching out to the neglected neighbors by aiding those who face difficulty accessing information technology.

KT also creates social value and uplifts the quality of life by allowing sharing and creating culture in the community through its IT technology.

The program dubbed “KT IT Supporters” launched in 2007 helps citizens improve their lives by helping them share knowledge of IT usage. The company selected 200 employees specialized in IT sharing business and 23 teams total nationwide to facilitate the program. The service was provided a quarter million times and the number of beneficiary has reached 1.87 million a year. The program educates on the IT usage and supports neglected neighbors, multicultural families, small- and medium-sized enterprises and the self-employed.

The company is providing Olleh TV (IPTV) to local children centers and is leading support of the education by improving the information access. Last year, it has supplied 366 smart pads to 122 local children centers, and volunteer groups visited regularly to teach the teachers and students on how to use the smart pads.

Meanwhile, KT has remodeled part of the headquarters since 2010 and has opened the KT Ggumpum (Dreaming) Center where local children can visit and receive education.

Currently there are 19 centers open and give tablet PCs have been offered at the center, increasing the education opportunity.

The “Support for Children with Hearing Impairment” since 2003 has helped 330 children through cochlear transplant surgery, brain stem cell transplant surgery, hearing aid surgery and rehabilitation treatment.

As part of the Mecenat business, KT has established Korea’s representative complex culture space, Olleh Square, in Gwanghwamun area, central Seoul, and to provide a place of hope and dream for the youth, who are essentially the future of Korea. KT is certain that providing a welcoming space where the youth can develop creative ideas and experience various cultures, by providing these contents will become a new social contribution model of IT companies and has designed this multicultural space with that long-term goal in mind.

At Olleh Square you can experience various high technology devices, and concerts and lectures are set to take place regularly.

It is also a resting place for anyone, creating a new cultural trend as a open multicultural experience area. In addition, by offering an arena for various kinds of knowledge-sharing lectures, the Olleh Square is standing at the forefront of youth communication creating a platform for spreading collective information.

By Lee Ji-hyun [concordia@joongang.co.kr]
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