3 November 2008 - Welcome Address By RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Development Authority Of Singapore, At Youth Infocomm Day, St James Power Station
Welcome Address By RADM(NS) Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer, Infocomm Development Authority Of Singapore At Youth Infocomm Day On Monday, 3 November 2008, 11.05 am, St James Power Station
RADM(NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister of State for Education and Information, Communications and the Arts,
Students and Teachers,
Distinguished Partners and Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. Welcome to our inaugural Youth Infocomm Day. We have planned this as a time where we can gather our youths, to celebrate our achievements in infocomm and think about how infocomm can make the way we live, learn, work and play, more meaningful and exciting. We are indeed most honoured to have Admiral Lui mark this occasion with us, as our Guest of Honour.
2. How many of you here have been Infocomm Club members since 2006, when we first started Infocomm Clubs in schools?
3. I am happy to say that there are 200 Infocomm Clubs out of the roughly 350 schools in Singapore, with more than 8,000 student members. For those who are already involved in the Clubs, do tell your friends about them and what you do there, so that they can join you in experiencing the fun of infocomm - writing helpful programmes for your class or yourselves, producing animation clips or even setting up a network among your friends.
4. We will also be celebrating the success of 12 best Infocomm Club projects today. It’s always so wonderful to see what young creative and enthusiastic minds can come up with. Remember to vote for your favourite project later. If you want to take a closer look at those projects, you can log on to talent.singaporeinfocomm.sg, or if you like, start something on the Web, where you can create your own infocomm chats and comment on the projects.
5. Another achievement, as we celebrate Youth Infocomm Day, is the appointment of 16 outstanding student leaders as our Infocomm Club Ambassadors. Why are they important and why should they matter to you? Well, they are the ones who will be serving your needs, planning fun-filled activities and leading the growth of Infocomm Clubs over the next year. Do go up to them and share with them any ideas you have, on how you would like to make your Infocomm Club experience more fun and stimulating!
6. Finally, let me encourage all of you to continue to be involved in infocomm, whether in your studies, or in your CCA or during your leisure. There are many programmes you can participate in, which are becoming increasingly popular. For example, besides the Infocomm Clubs, there is also the National Infocomm Competition where the top infocomm students pit with skills and smarts in website creation, programming and mobile innovations, which now sees 4,500 participants. For those keen to pursue studies in infocomm, there is a range of interesting courses at the Polytechnics and Universities, and IDA also offers the National Infocomm Scholarship, tenable both locally and overseas. All these and more, will prepare you well, to be part of the exciting world of infocomm!
7. Thank you.