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Microsoft shows how technology will power Singapore's Smart Nation vision

Nurdianah Md Nur | March 15, 2016
At Microsoft’s We Tech Care 2016 event, members of the public had the opportunity to learn IT skills, meet with innovators, and learn more about technologies that could help solve societal issues.

Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam at Microsoft's We Tech Care 2016 event
President Tony Tan giving an address on the launch of the 16th President's Challenge at Microsoft's We Tech Care 2016 event. Credit: Microsoft.     

Microsoft showcased the power of technology in creating a smarter and more inclusive Singapore at its We Tech Care 2016 event last Saturday (12 March 2016).

Held at the JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, the event provided members of the public the opportunity to learn coding and computing through IT workshops and talks. It also connected visitors with local startups to enable them to test the latest applications, and walk away with a lesson on entrepreneurship and innovation. Besides that, it highlighted innovative technologies that could potentially solve societal issues.

Microsoft's We Tech Care 2016 event also saw the launch of the 16th President's Challenge by Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Funds raised through this fundraising event will be channelled to 57 beneficiaries across various sectors.

Going beyond fund-raising, this year's President's Challenge aims to boost senior volunteerism. As such, for every S$10 donated to President's Challenge this year, S$2 will be channelled to the Silver Volunteer Fund (SVF). The government will match dollar-for-dollar donations to the SVF, capped at S$20 million. The SVF will support the training of seniors as volunteers, and build capabilities in various community organisations to recruit, develop and support seniors as volunteers.

At the We Tech Care 2016 event, Microsoft and its employees, partners and members of the public raised a total of S$268,963 for the President's Challenge.

President Challenge
President Tony Tan Keng Yam receives a donation cheque of S$268,963 from Ms Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore on behalf of President's Challenge and other charities supported by Microsoft. They are joined by Ms Bin Ru Tan, Director, Customer, Partner & Field (APAC, India & Japan), Microsoft Asia Pacific Operations Center and Mr Jeff Bullwinkel, Associate General Counsel and Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Asia Pacific & Japan.
Credit: Microsoft.

"Microsoft believes that technology can empower every person and organisation to achieve more," said Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore.

"That is why, in addition to raising funds for the 16th President's Challenge, we are focused on empowering people across all ages with technology, with a particular emphasis on equipping the elderly and disadvantaged groups with technology skills to help them make a real impact for a smarter and more inclusive Singapore. In the last two years, we have equipped 55 people with disabilities with vocational IT skills, of which 19 have gone on to find job opportunities in IT-related fields," she added.  


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