The Orange Poland Foundation turns 10!

In honour of its 10th anniversary, the Orange Poland Foundation has released a study of the digital landscape in Poland, where 1/5 of the population can no longer imagine life without the internet. An observation that places its work at the heart of Polish society.

Back in 2005, when the Orange Poland Foundation was created, Facebook "only" had 6 million users and Twitter and YouTube were still in their infancy. Today, YouTube hosts 300 hours of video every minute, 800 million tweets are published every day, and there are 1.5 billion people on Facebook. Poland has kept pace with these changes. In Poland, the average person spent 20 hours online every month in 2005, a figure that has now climbed to 74 hours per month.
"Celebrating our 10th anniversary made us think about all the changes brought about by the internet. Like all new technologies, it has a major impact on social needs", says Konrad Ciesiołkiewicz, Chair of the Orange Poland Foundation. "Our work in this area has a real impact. A large majority of the people we serve say they have developed digital skills."


"Celebrating our 10th anniversary made us think about all the changes brought about by the internet."
Konrad Ciesiołkiewicz.

 

In honour of its anniversary, the Orange Foundation carried out a study of Polish internet users’ habits and usages. The study, entitled "Attitude towards the internet and new technologies", shows that most Poles see the internet as a tool rather than a means of communication. "The internet plays an increasingly important role in people’s daily lives in Poland" says Mirosław Filiciak, a professor and media specialist at the University of Warsaw.
In addition to the study, the Orange Poland Foundation has also launched the "World #in10years" campaign to foster a debate on the relationship between new technologies and society’s needs. On a dedicated public platform (in Polish), people can enter a competition by imagining how their life will be changed by new technologies in ten years.

The 10th anniversary of the Orange Poland Foundation was well celebrated!

 

For the past decade, the Orange Poland Foundation has been carrying out initiatives focused on education and digital technology. The results are very positive: 30,000 children have been impacted by the different programs and 3,500 libraries and 10,000 schools have received support to develop their digital infrastructure. Thanks to the Orange Studio programme, multimedia laboratories have been created in 77 small towns and villages across the country.
The team has built on these initiatives and experiences to develop MegaMission, its new digital education programme, which aims to provide digital technology for after school care and introduce children to new technologies. The Foundation has also launched the mobile FabLab Tricity as part of the Solidarity FabLabs programme. Tricity will travel through the country’s villages hosting 3D printing workshops.

Ten years of major shifts and changes - and the Orange Poland Foundation has been there through it all. To help the underprivileged in their daily lives and give everyone the keys to the world of tomorrow.

Images of the mobile FabLab Tricity

 

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