11 November 2011 - To encourage students to find out more about infocomm and an education in infocomm, a nation-wide contest "Can't Live Without Tech!" has been launched. Students can participate by submitting a 1-minute video that showcases the importance of technology in their lives, along with a short description.
Singapore, 11 November 2011 | For Immediate Release
Nation-wide "Can't Live Without Tech!" Contest Launched
To encourage students to find out more about infocomm and an education in infocomm, a nation-wide contest "Can't Live Without Tech!" has been launched. Students can participate by submitting a 1-minute video that showcases the importance of technology in their lives, along with a short description. The contest will run from 11 November 2011 to 15 January 2012, and is organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Chapter of the Singapore Computer Society (SCS). (For details on "Can't Live Without Tech!", please refer to Annex A (27.25KB)).
Announced by Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, Ms Grace Fu, at the Youth Infocomm Day (YID) 2011, the social media contest supports the Infocomm Manpower Development Roadmap Version 2.0 (MDEV 2.0) strategy to "generate curiosity, interest and passion for infocomm". The main objective of the contest is to inject vibrancy into the infocomm student online community, where students can come together, exchange creative ideas and fuel their passion for infocomm.
Nearly 500 students and teachers from Infocomm Clubs in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges celebrated infocomm in carnival-style at YID 2011.
MDEV 2.0 was first launched in March 2011 with the aim to ensure that Singapore's infocomm manpower continues to remain competitive with the developments in the industry globally and within Singapore. A joint effort between the government and industry, MDEV 2.0 seeks to develop talent with deep infocomm skills, ability to exploit infocomm and agility to respond to industry shifts. Through its initiatives and programmes, MDEV 2.0 will benefit more than 18,000 infocomm professionals and school students in Singapore. (For details on MDEV 2.0, please refer to Annex B (41.98KB)).
One such initiative is the Infocomm Club Programme, a Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) for primary, secondary and junior college students. As part of this programme, 20 new Youth Infocomm Ambassadors have been appointed this year. They will act as student leaders, representing the voice of the infocomm student community. Another is the Computer Science Reloaded Programme (CS Reloaded) where 210 students have been supported in enrichment computer science courses. The IT Exposed programme has also benefitted 595 students who have attended introductory workshops on programming and application development, exposing them to computing concepts and technologies. In addition, the first batch of the IDA JC Computing Awards will be presented in 2012, with an estimated 100 awards to be given out over four years. (For details on MDEV 2.0 student-related initiatives and programmes, please refer to Annex C (26.74KB)to Annex G (33.63KB))
- Annex A: Factsheet on "Can't Live Without Tech!" (27.25KB)
- Annex B: Factsheet on Infocomm Manpower Development Roadmap v2.0 (41.98KB)
- Annex C: Factsheet on IDA JC Computing Award (26.74KB)
- Annex D: Factsheet on the Computer Science Reloaded Programme (28.61KB)
- Annex E: Factsheet on the IT Exposed Programme (24.93KB)
- Annex F: Factsheet on the Enhanced Learning in Information Technology Plus Programme (31.31KB)
- Annex G: Factsheet on Enhanced Infocomm Club Programme (33.63KB)
ISSUED BY THE INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing info-communications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.
About Singapore Computer Society
The Singapore Computer Society (SCS), established since 1967, is the premier professional body for IT practitioners and IT users in Singapore. It provides a wide range of events such as seminars and conferences, publications and access to an invaluable network of specialists. It also administers various certification programmes that offer individuals the avenue to gain recognition and career development. Today, having a membership of over 23 000, the SCS is the largest local IT body with membership representative of the IT community. For more information, please visit SCS website at www.scs.org.sg.
About Interactive Digital Media Chapter (IDM)
The IDM Chapter was formed in April 2009 to give recognition and employability to IDM professionals and aspirants through training and the upgrading of skills and to provide a vibrant space to interact, exchange ideas, learn and improve their professional standing. Besides establishing a vibrant community of IDM practitioners and facilitating linkage among IDM talent, job placement and industry projects to fill the manpower gap; the Chapter also aims to promote awareness of the IDM ecosystem with networking and learning events and opportunities as well as overseas exchanges. The activities which include lectures, talks, visits and exchanges focus on improving our members' knowledge base in the IDM space.
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