THE BEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT OF 2014 GOES TO BILKOM
The “History Comes to Life in 3D” project by Turkey’s Digital Life Coach Bilkom has been awarded two first prizes in the prestigious MediaCat Felis Awards of the Turkish marketing communications sector. Brought to life with the collaboration of Bilkom and the Municipality of Bergama, and through the communication works by Mediaetik PR Agency, the project has won two first prizes in the “Best Corporate Social Responsibility” and the “Best Technology and Telecommunication Sector PR” categories. By using 3D navigation application available on tablet computers and smart phones, the project “History Comes to Life” provides the opportunity of a virtual visit of the original architecture in four ancient Pergamon sites (the Zeus Altar, Athena Temple, the Red Court, Asklepion) in 360 degrees
WORLD’S FIRST KNOWN ANCIENT SITE TOUR IN 3D
HISTORY COMES TO LIFE IN BERGAMA
“HISTORY COMES TO LIFE IN 3D”
Owning the distributorship of leading brands in their fields like Apple and Asus, Bilkom blazes a trail in the world and reanimates history through digital platforms by its social responsibility project.
Via iVisit, the 3D navigation application which enables the screening of Graphisoft’s 3D architecture program ArchiCAD that is distributed in Turkey by Bilkom, and the Artlantis software by Graphisoft’s business partner Abvent on tablets and smart phones, the visitors of the four ancient Pergamon sites of Zeus Altar, Athena Temple, the Red Court and Asklepion are presented the chance to visit the buildings as their original selves virtually in 360 degrees.
“By means of this project, we have enhanced our mission and our vision.”
In his statement about the project, Cömert Varlık, the General Manager of “Your Digital Life Coach” Bilkom said: “We are pleased to have materialized our idea of “History Comes to Life in 3D” through a valuable cooperation. In a land where each centimetersquare brims with history, this is only a beginning… By means of this corporate social responsibility project, Bilkom has enhanced its mission and its vision. We are a platform which believes technology is a journey, not a destination; and we strive for creating value for our business partners, our brands, Turkish people, and our customers. We would like to express our endless gratitude to everyone who believes in and supports us along the way.”
Cömert Varlık emphasized that this is a digital era: “Our young people have made a brilliant use of technology and realized an exemplary project in the global scale. We congratulate them and their valuable professors by heart.” Reciting the interests of other municipalities in the project, Varlık expressed their satisfaction about the attention raised.
“Just allow us an opportunity, a chance, and technology.”
Yağmur Yetim, the student representative from the project group to reanimate Pergamon through technology, remarked her faith in the young Turkish people and all her fellow students, and their intelligence, abilities and ambition to realize many groundbreaking achievements in the global scale. “As long as you allow us an opportunity, a chance, and technology,” she said and added: “We are grateful to Bilkom and the Municipality of Bergama for allowing us such a significant opportunity. We are standing for taking part and succeeding in all kinds of meaningful projects in behalf of our country.”
A Tribute to Technology from the Mayor of Bergama
Remarking that the visitors of the ancient sites of Pergamon, a candidate for the UNESCO World Heritage List, can be guided through the historic wealth via state-of-art digital animations developed by the young people of Turkey, the Bergama Mayor Mehmet Gönenç underlined the fact that Bergama has already taken a step towards the new generation touristic and cultural activities: “Nowadays, many projects which stretch the imagination are brought to life by means of technological advances. Reanimating and viewing Pergamon of two thousand years ago is the biggest proof.”
Recalling that “technological opportunities were mainly intended for fields as finance, economy and informatics. Yet Bilkom proved the flaws of this idea. Technology is now in service of culture and history,” Gönenç expressed his gratitude to Bilkom and the students for the opportunity. The project, which has commenced with Bergama, will be shaped by the demands of local municipalities and universities.