Changing the world in 11 days
It took just 11 days, on average, for IT professionals to change our world in response to the pandemic. They moved up to 40 times faster than previously thought possible to help companies set up remote working. They connected anxious families with loved ones. They gave students access to virtual classrooms. And so much more.
Humankind has taken great leaps throughout history, from moon landings to modern medicine.
In 2020, IT professionals took one huge leap
Changing the way we view IT
We wanted to showcase IT’s incredible work and give them the recognition they deserve. To hear more children say, “When I grow up, I want to be an IT Pro.”
Calling all innovators and status quo breakers
To do this, first we needed to find our Leaptakers. We engaged the IT community, harnessed partners and internal audiences, and enlisted advocates through social media—asking for personal stories of how they kept the world working during the pandemic. We built a hub to capture their stories.
Sharing their powerful stories with the world
From across the globe, some incredible stories poured in.
From the UK came Life Lines, a project to provide virtual visits between critically ill patients and their loved ones during the pandemic. From the US, Achievement First, a project to help children thrive when schools closed their doors. In Nigeria, Special Needs Initiative for Growth helped children and young people with disabilities access intensive STEM courses to gain confidence and show others what they’re capable of.
Showing IT how much we appreciate them
It wasn’t just about the big stories, though. We wanted all IT teams to feel the love. So we came up with a way for people to say thanks to IT teams, too. It was all about creating a new dialogue between IT people and the rest of the world – so not only would IT feel more visible, but more appreciated, too.
An incredible impact
Google was thrilled with this campaign. But it was the words of the Leaptakers themselves who underscored the impact of this work.
”I just cannot comprehend how much impact this has on lives across the world. We now understand that anything is possible.IT Professional