At We Tech Care 2016 held in March earlier this year at JTC LaunchPad @ One North, it was a fun and great community event, bringing people from different walks of life together to give back to the community, such as the local start ups, non-profit organisations, partner organisations and Microsoft Singapore. During the earlier We Tech Care 2016 event, it was also used to launch the President’s Challenge 2016. I visited We Tech Care 2016 in March, learning more about the works, efforts and outreach done by the various start ups and non-profit organisations in Singapore, along with what Microsoft Singapore had been doing to help the community and needy in Singapore.
With a successful and great earlier We Tech Care 2016, Microsoft Singapore decided to have another We Tech Care again in the same year, held on 10th December 2016 at the Enabling Village. This was also my first time visiting Enabling Village, it was an eye opener for me too!
The Enabling Village is an initiative by SG Enable, it is an inclusive community space of individuals and organisations that serve and are supported by people with diverse abilities. The We Tech Care 2016 event @ Enabling Village was graced by guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister & Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
We Tech Care 2016 is very good example of how modern technology in society today, such as technology companies like Microsoft can lead by example and help people from all walks of life, in their daily living, in their work and in the local communities. Through We Tech Care, Microsoft Singapore raised over $154,000 and this fund will go towards supporting the President’s Challenge beneficiary SPD, a disability organisation, to empower people with disabilities to learn and live their lives to their fullest potential with the aid of technology.
At We Tech Care 2016 @ Enabling Village, there were a number of different programs and activities for everybody visiting there were carnival, fun, games, coding workshops and Tech for Fun & Care. The organisations, charities and partners at Tech for Fun & Care segment showcased their latest apps and tech for people with different abilities. This was also the time for visitors to know more about them and how they can also play a part if they want to help out in active volunteering.
I sincerely hope that my small little article contribution here helps to spread the word and awareness that there are people in our society today that faces challenges and hardships. However, with the aid of technology, it can help them in some ways or another, to lead and live a meaningful life.