Embracing Digital Readiness is a grand joint initiative from IMDA and SGTech allowed the public not only to learn to navigate the digital world securely, but also to harness fast-rising technologies for a more comfortable and better life. Providing brand exposure to various exhibiting companies, this event did its part in livening up the commerce scene in Singapore.
Such was the “wow” factor of many companies’ displays that there was no clear-cut show-stealer.
Microsoft had its emotion recognition API recommending which cotton candy colour best suited one’s mood that day.
Its flagship software, Microsoft Makecode editor for the BBC microbit, was also on display, with workshops conducted on how to use this miniaturised microcontroller equipped with the right sensors found in one’s handphone - an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. One of the instructors, Gabriel J Perumal of Innovation Garage, amazed Senior Minister of State for Transport, Communications and Information Dr Janil Puthucheary with his self-designed microbit extension board that he used to make a remote controlled car as his teaching aid.
Dr Carrot was a booth to cherish as it infused tech with one of the closest things to our heart – health. This machine messages you critical information on your health, just through a 1-minute process. It is currently leased out for significant events and companies. If you want one in your workplace, you can ping them! There is even an advertising space onscreen! The Singapore startup that serves as the distributor for Dr Carrot is looking for software programmers, especially in cloud management; hence all interested people can ping us by sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will link you up!
Hoolah is an app that allows you to make payments on instalment bases for online shopping at any of Hoolah’s growing range of partners, which include e-commerce stores and even airlines!
AIQ allows you to scan videos/advertisements and products rather than having to scan the QR code.
Acronis True Image 2019 was on display, with a 4-month free license key (still valid) and a fun soccer game exhibit!
ITE, SkillsFuture, The Organisation of Senior Volunteers and Senior Academy were all promoting their short term courses (details are on their websites).
Singtel Dash, Starhub and VIA were some of those exhibiting their new mobile payment solutions.
For those whole love “freebies”, OCBC Pay Anyone had its vending machine where items cost only $0.10 for Pay Anyone transactions. Sign up for this is free if you are an existing OCBC account holder!
The event was capped off by nationwide initiatives like Nets Pay, Ez Link GIRO auto top-up and SimplyGo!
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