Singapore will get to experience a unique technology exhibition and read about the pioneering efforts that went into making Singapore a leading user of Infocomm technology...
Singapore, 09 October 2006 | For Immediate Release
Government and Industry Celebrate 25 Years of Infocomm in Singapore
Singapore will get to experience a unique technology exhibition and read about the pioneering efforts that went into making Singapore a leading user of Infocomm technology. These activities are being put together by the Government and the industry to celebrate 25 years of Infocomm development here. They include a public exhibition, titled "Innovationation"; Infocomm seminars; and a commemorative publication with interesting milestones and "war stories" on Singapore's Infocomm journey.
Innovationation - A Public Exhibition
Come Play, Touch and Learn about Infocomm's past, present and future at Innovationation from October 11 to 15. The free public exhibition, the largest display of Infocomm here, will be spread out over 10,000 sq m of show space - that is about 160 three-room HDB flats - at the Singapore Expo Hall 3.
It will be a unique interactive experience. From the time the visitor gets his personalised Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) badge at the door to the point where he sees his picture on a video wall, he will experience how Infocomm technology came to be an intrinsic part of his daily life. He will get to play, touch and learn about Infocomm's past, present and future. There will be nostalgia for those who grew up with the clunky mobile phones and first-generation computers. They will also get a peek into the future at technology showcases by the industry.
Seminars and talks will run over the five days, covering topics as diverse as Infocomm for your company to how to create a Podcast. These programmes cater to everyone - from students and business professionals to the general public. See the Innovationation fact sheet for more on the exhibition and seminars.
People from all walks of life have shown much interest in the exhibition and talks. More than 16,000 school groups, organisations and individuals have pre-registered for Innovationation and the various talks.
Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Chief Executive Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore said, "Singapore has come a long way in our Infocomm journey. Many technology pioneers have worked tirelessly in the last 25 years to make Infocomm technology work for everyone, whether at work, learn or play."
Lucky Draws and Prizes
There are also daily draws and on-site live shows where Xboxes, iPods, Genographic Project's Public Participation Kits and Motorola mobile phones will be given away by roving DJs and Mediacorp artistes like Ms Jean Dankar, The Flying Dutchman and Ms Jamie Teo. A grand prize at the end of the exhibition is a 17-inch iMac.
In addition to the exhibition, four books have been written to document all these. Collectively entitled "Innovationation: 25 Years of Infocomm in Singapore", the books trace the journey from when computerisation started in 1981, to how convergence led to Infocomm as you know it today. Lively illustrations, anecdotes and interviews with Infocomm pioneers fill this definitive encyclopaedia of Singapore's Infocomm legacy. The books, which are not for sale, will be available at all public libraries by 16 October 2006. See the fact sheet on the Commemorative Publication.
Entry to the exhibition and series of talks and workshops is free. Visitors are encouraged to visit the website www.innovationation.sg for more information and to register for the event. With early registration, they will get their personalised RFID card upon showing up with their SMS acknowledgement or print confirmation, thus beating the expected queues at the registration counters.
Government schools, community groups and selected associations who register their students or members in groups of more than 20 people, can take advantage of the free private bus service to and from Singapore Expo.
For more details on Innovationation, you can visit the website, call 6586 7777, or e-mail email@example.com.
Innovationation is jointly organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, Institute of Systems Science, Information Technology Management Association, National Computer Board Society, Singapore Computer Society, Singapore infocomm Technology Federation and the Singapore Science Centre. Innovationation is also made possible by the support of the Infocomm industry.
ISSUED BY CORPORATE & MARKETING COMMUNICATION DIVISION
INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
Notes to Editor:
1 Intelligent Nation 2015, or iN2015, is Singapore's sixth and latest Infocomm masterplan. Its vision is to transform the country into an Intelligent Nation, A Global City, powered by Infocomm by the year 2015. It was launched on 20 June 2006, by Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts Lee Boon Yang, at the annual Infocomm Media Business Exchange, or imbX.