In today’s world, Internet access has become a necessity. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people living in Austria without access to computers or the Internet. This means they are not computer literate and do not know how to navigate and browse online.
The T-Systems “Media Box” project was started in “Körnerhof" as a local system. This is a Viennese “Gemeindebau” (‘municipality building’ for social housing) where most of the residents are migrants from foreign countries or are socially disadvantaged. The Media Box is a coaching and communication space providing 14 Laptop workstations and WiFi access. The space is available to residents and offers them an opportunity to find out about modern information and communication technology. Free PC and Internet courses are also available. Women and children are a focal point for the project. Special offers like the “Knitting Box” have been designed to engage them. The Knitting Box is a twice-weekly event where female residents come together to use the Box as a craft space and they download knitting patterns or watch tutorials on the Internet. This helps participants to discover the potentials and benefits offered by working with the Internet. Some 10 to 15 participants usually take advantage of this event.
T-Systems also utilizes the Media Box to host a multitude of events, such as afternoon activities for children during vacations or summer parties. These events are intended to strengthen the community spirit in the area and allow the children to have fun. After the success of recent years, T-Systems once again held a “Nikolo” Workshop at the Media Box on 6 December where children of all ages could engage in fun arts and crafts activities, and meet St. Nicholas.
At the beginning of 2012, initial plans for the project only envisaged one year. However, the project’s popularity encouraged us to extend the duration and now Media Box plays an important role in the local community with the regular events outlined above.