IMDA, in collaboration with our community and corporate partners, organised the first-ever Digital Inclusion Festival (DIF).
The three day event, held in support of the SkillsFuture Festival, took place over the weekend on 26 to 28 July 2019 at the Lifelong Learning Institute. It brought the community together including the senior citizens, underprivileged children, and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) to embrace technology.
The event attracted over 13,000 visitors, who participated in more than 90 activities ranging from tech exhibition, infocomm learning booths, accessibility workshops and children’s coding classes. There were hourly tech tutorials for senior citizens to help equip them with digital skills. More than 450 volunteers from the SG:D Friends programme came forward to help out at the event.
Building a Digitally Ready Society,
Empowering More to Reap Benefits in a Digital Future
Guest-of-Honour, Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information officiated the event. He shared on the importance of inclusivity in Digital Readiness outreach efforts and how it requires a collaborative effort across the public, private, and people sectors to help everyone to be digitally-ready.
He announced at the event that students from four special education schools will be able to pick up common skills such as searching for information digitally, making e-payments, using emails and virtual chats as part of their education, when the schools incorporate IMDA’s Basic Digital Skills Curriculum into their academic curricula in 2020. Schools could also tap on a new virtual reality game, co-developed by IMDA and APSN Tanglin School, to teach students cyber wellness.
Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, Dr Janil Puthucheary was also at the event. He shared about some of the approaches IMDA has in place to encourage inclusivity such as digital access, digital literacy and digital participation.
At the Digital Inclusion Symposium co-organised with the Institute of Policy Studies, experts from the people, private and public sectors shared insights and key recommendations on digital inclusivity.
The event also saw a group of 36 seniors, newly appointed as Silver Infocomm Wellness Ambassadors who will help guide their fellow seniors to embrace digital services.
At the Enable IT Forum, speakers shared inspiring stories on how Infocomm and Assistive Technologies (IT/AT) could transform the life of PWDs, Senior Citizens and Caregivers.
At the IMDA’s Digital Clinic, senior citizens got to interact with friendly volunteers to get help on queries related to their smartphones.
40 seniors who have participated in the Digitally Ready Seniors Programme, organised by Facebook and TOUCH Cyber Wellness received their graduation certificates.
Engineering Good, an awardee of the Our SG Fund for Digital Readiness, conducted a workshop to teach participants to build low-cost assistive switches for children with disabilities.
Seniors were able to experience the benefits of technology and put their e-payment skills to use by purchasing a snack using QR code.
They also learnt how to use lifestyle apps like Agoda to booka holiday, and how to use transport apps like Grab to book a ride.
A series of coding and accessibility workshops were conducted over three days, for participants to learn about coding and how accessibility features could empower people with disabilities to lead purposeful and productive lives at work and at play.
Through these activities, the Digital Inclusion Festival showed how technology has been able to create new ways for us to innovate and drive social change, bring positive impact to people’s lives and how everyone is able to benefit from what digital technology has to offer.