Toward digital equality
We strive to foster equal access to modern information communication technology in the hopes of helping communities become accustomed to rapidly changing global trends. We create educational activities for students, seniors, and the entire community, so they can effectively utilize the tools and technology available today.
Since 2009, our annual Special Personalized IT Assistance Delivery event has helped college students with disabilities gain greater access to information. By providing assistive technology, we open the doors to learning new information, and actively supporting their career aspirations in the IT industry. Our employees wholeheartedly sponsor this annual event with the smart Bridge Fund.
We work with NGOs in developing countries to help communities build ICT infrastructure with donated PCs, IT equipment and classes. We hope to create an educational environment where children can pursue their dreams in a world of new technology. Since our first class in Korea in 1995, we have expanded the program’s reach worldwide, starting with Mongolia in 2004.
In 1995, we launched an initiative to help youths in detention centers readjust to society. We partnered with the Ministry of Justice to administer special computing exams and award young people who excel. Samsung SDS has been visiting the centers twice a year to provide up-to-date education sessions. We also give presents during the Christmas season and fund scholarships through our “Happy Santa” campaign.
In 1994, we started our IT Trees of Hope Mentoring Program, selecting young talent from low income families who show strong promise in IT, and providing 1:1 mentoring opportunities and scholarships. Once a year, we invite mentors and mentees to a camping event for relationship building. We also support their costs for school uniforms and gifts for major Korean holidays.
Since 2005, we have been supporting talented youth with disabilities who have promising skills in IT with scholarships and better access to information. We also invite them to our HQ and provide mentoring opportunities and 1:1 IT training.
Our Dream Mentoring program guides students dreaming of careers in IT to acquire a better understanding of the industry and our professional values. We invite local students to our facilities for field trips, hold video conference meetings, and organize special career-focused lectures and consulting programs.
We work with various social welfare organizations to conduct outreach with communities still waiting for technology to get to them. Samsung SDS offers customized IT education for all age groups, promotes ICT infrastructure implementation and educational support for children living in remote or mountainous areas, and also runs the Junior Programming School jointly with the Ministry of Education.