TECH4Community – A Festival to Educate and Inspire
On 28 & 29 April, the TECH4Community Festival, organized by SGTech in partnership with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), attracted over 15,000 people, young and old alike, with various levels of technology literacy to Our Tampines Hub. The festival showcased various aspects of digital transformation in society and provided guidance on how to leverage technology at work and in daily life.
As his last public engagement, guest-of-honour, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, launched the event and visited various workshops and exhibits. More than 250 volunteers from 20 participating SGTech member companies provided hands-on tutorials and coaching, making it easy and fun for visitors to increase their digital knowledge and adopt technology upgrades into their everyday tasks.
Dr. Yacoob Ibrahim (centre),Minister of Communications and Information, visiting the Youth Coding Workshop.
Volunteers from Accenture sharing expertise with Dr. Ibrahim.
Mr. Jeremy Tan (left), CEO of Liquid Group Pte Ltd, SGTech's Honorary Secretary and
Singapore Enterprise Chapter Chairman, greets with Dr. Ibrahim (right).
“TECH4Community Festival has been a great platform for the tech community to come together as a group, to help bridge the digital divide in Singapore,” said Ho Seong Kim, Organising Chairman for TECH4Community Festival, SGTech. “With strong support by the tech community, as well as IMDA and other organisations, we are reaching out to wider segments of the population, helping accelerate our push towards a smart nation and to do so in a way that is beneficial to all Singaporeans.”
Mr. Ho Seong Kim (centre), Organising Chairperson of TECH4Community,
Councillor of SGTech, is interviewed by Channel NewsAsia.
Activities and exhibits at TECH4Community Festival demonstrated how technology can influence and empower various aspects of life through learning, play and work. Inspiring the next generation of technologists and coders, the TECH4Community workshops, “Coding for Youth” by Microsoft, invited children to code Flappy Bird and Minecraft and learn preliminary skills needed for this field. Children were also exposed to robotics and process automation through building with LEGO Mindstrom EV3.
Volunteers with next generation of coders.
Digital Savvy and Tech Literacy starts early.
Cheers to another successful year for TECH4Community.
TECH4Community festival volunteers hosted participants at over 20 exhibits throughout the weekend, making technology approachable to the less digitally savvy and showcasing how technology can improve daily life, both at home and at work.
At the festival, IMDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to collaborate in equipping citizens with basic digital skills and promoting coding and digital making in the community. The partnership is aimed at empowering citizens to become more confident about using technology in their daily activities. ITE pledged to continue support of Friends of Silver Infocomm with their students as volunteers, which will add an intergenerational element for community bonding between the young and the seniors. Furthermore, the partnership will also see the development of technological solutions to equip Persons with Disabilities with the skillsets to support independent living.
IMDA volunteer helping senior citizens upgrade digital skills.
A grandfather and a grandson appreciating the robotics technology of Accenture.
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Published May 2018