Runner up: Marek Sikora, Eye-T.cz, ECDL
Category: ‘I am part of IT’ – big organisations
Marek Sikora has been visually impaired since the age of 14. Through a visually impaired friend, he became interested in digital skills and together they obtained the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) certificate, eventually becoming fully ECDL certified in the spring of 2010.
This inspired Marek to make sure that the benefits of ICT certification and skills are available to other visually impaired people, so he became the first visually impaired ECDL tester in the Czech Republic. This enabled him to impart the necessary skills and certification to others.
Marek established a not-for-profit organisation called Eye-T.cz, which makes ICT skills tests accessible to visually impaired people in the Czech Republic. The establishment of Eye-T.cz has enabled Marek to share his own experience with ICT and the opportunities that becoming digitally proficient can bring to the everyday lives of visually-impaired persons.
In recognition of the added-value and opportunities that ICT training and certification can bring to visually-impaired people, Eye-T.cz was officially accredited as an educational institution by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic in December 2010.
Marek is a digital activist and in addition to his work with Eye-T.cz, he has a personal website on which he shares information and stories about himself and his work. His motto is “We can perceive the essentials through the heart, and for the rest we have zeros and ones.”