“Very interesting!”, “So fun!”, “Highly enjoyable!”, “Super event!” – these were some of the superlatives heard from participants during the Tech4Community Day on 19 November, 2016. Held across 5 districts, namely Central, North East, North West, South East and South West, each district was anchored by SiTF member organisation: Accenture, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc., IBM and Oracle.
Mr Baey Yam Keng with North East residents
The Tech4Community initiative was mooted with the idea to galvanize the ICM industry to reach out to the community in a concerted manner. This was also the first time in history that an ICM community outreach programme of such magnitude took place concurrently across five locations.
The guest of honour for the 5 districts were:
Central Singapore: Ms Denise Phua
North East: Mr Baey Yam Keng
North West: Dr Teo Ho Pin
South East: Mr Chan Yeng Kit
South West: Ms Low Yen Ling
More than 1200 participants and beneficiaries from grassroots organisations, interest groups and voluntary welfare organisations participated at Tech4Community. About 450 volunteers spent their Saturday doing their bit to bridge the digital divide. This event was an opportunity to showcase how technology can help the community at large stay connected in this digital age.
It was heartening to see the seniors picking up useful IT skills and learning about Government e-services like OneService and MyTransport while the young were thrilled with drones, 3D printing and virtual reality.
The feedback from the Mayors and the participants had been overwhelmingly positive.
Syaheera and Nabila, both 13 enthused, “ We learnt about modern technology, and how to develop games. We know how to use the mouse, but now we can use sensors. It was educational and the Jack and the Beanstalk game was super!”
Mdm Yip Peck Lan in her 60’s from Jalan Besar Young Heart Club said, “I learnt about new technology. Although I am a senior citizen, I felt like a kindergarten kid. The virtual reality was something I never experience before. Look forward to next year’s event.”
Residents of Jalan Besar Young Heart Club
“It is a great time for SiTF and IBM to come out an event like this for the seniors and youth where we can understand about the advancement of technologies and keep up with our life-long learning. I like the 3Doodler Pen the most as it is a form of art and craft with technology” said a delighted Vivien Lee from South East CDC Seniors Learning Camp.
“I’ve learnt about coding today and it is fun and interesting!” said Suzie, 13 years old
Tech4Community Day in pictures: