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21. Jul 2022 | Corporate News

CANCOM supports the Pfennigparade Munich foundation through social trainee project

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  • CANCOM supported the establishment of a media lab for accessibility
  • CANCOM trainees set up innovative media lab with new hardware
  • Project clearly demonstrates the contribution digitalization can make to the issue of inclusion

On Tuesday, 12 July 2022, the completely renovated test lab for accessibility “Test.Lab Barrierefreiheit” of the Munich foundation Pfennigparade was officially opened. CANCOM played a major role in setting up the media lab: As part of a social trainee project, a group of CANCOM trainees equipped the lab with new hardware. Judith Gerlach, the State Minister for Digital Affairs, was a guest at the opening ceremony as patron of the test lab.

Pfennigparade cares for people with disabilities and is committed to their inclusion and participation in society. Digitalization can play a significant role in this goal by enabling all people to better participate in daily life. This requires that accessibility is also taken into account in digitalization from the very beginning. This is precisely where the Pfennigparade’s media test lab comes in.

The lab is the first of its kind in Germany. There, people with disabilities carry out usability tests to check the accessibility of websites and also everyday objects such as cash machines. CANCOM’s trainees set up the hardware needed for tests at the test lab’s workstations, installed modern mobile video conferencing systems and equipped a special workstation with a multiple camera system.

CANCOM and Pfennigparade have enjoyed a long-standing and trusting partnership. In recent years, the foundation has already been supported by CANCOM Christmas fundraising campaigns. “We not only wanted to support Pfennigparade with donations, but can also make a valuable contribution there with our expertise in digitalization. This is how the project came about together with our trainees,” says Daniel Friedlmaier, Trainees & Talents Manager at CANCOM, who led the project. The trainees took over both the planning and the implementation of the project – under the direction of their trainer and various consultants.

The opening was followed by a panel discussion in which Judith Gerlach, Dr Jochen Walter (Chairman of Pfennigparade), Dennis Bruder (Specialist Media Lab), the host Viviane Geppert and Martin Mayr, Senior Vice President Marketing at CANCOM, took part. The main focus was on the role of digitalization and, in particular, barrier-free digital solutions in the topic of inclusion.

About CANCOM

As a leading Hybrid IT Service Provider, CANCOM accompanies organizations into the digital future. We support our customers to simplify complex enterprise IT and increase their business success through the implementation of modern technology. In order to comprehensively meet the IT needs of companies, organizations, and the public sector, CANCOM delivers tailor-made IT end to end from a single source.  The CANCOM Group’s range of IT solutions includes consulting, implementation, services, and the operation of IT systems. Customers benefit from the extensive expertise as well as a holistic and innovative portfolio that covers the IT requirements that are necessary for a successful digital transformation. As a hybrid IT integrator and service provider, we provide an integrated range of services and solutions including business solutions and managed services, such as cloud computing, analytics, enterprise mobility, IT security, hosting, and as-a-service offerings.  The more than 5,600 employees of the internationally active CANCOM Group, with around 80 locations in the DACH region, Belgium, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic, as well as an efficient partner network, ensure market presence and customer proximity. The CANCOM Group is managed by Ruediger Rath (CEO) and Thomas Stark (CFO). The company’s headquarters are in Munich. CANCOM generated annual revenues of around €1.3 billion in 2022. The Group parent company CANCOM SE is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the TecDAX and SDAX (ISIN DE0005419105).