SocTech is the abbreviation of Social Tech(nology), a new initiative of the Information Technology Resource Centre (ITRC). SocTech promotes inter-sectoral collaboration between the social and technology sectors, emphasizing the power of technology as a society shaper.
In the mid to long-term, SocTech targets to foster a vibrant and dynamic culture in the Hong Kong community, where grassroot activists, industry leaders, as well as the general public can engage in fruitful discussions to find practical solutions for social challenges.
Earlier this year, DBS Foundation kicked off the inaugural DBS Social Innovators 2016. The HK$2 million program provides funding and incubation support to social innovators to solve various problems through social entrepreneurship.
Over the past three years, DBS Foundation has promoted the development of social enterprises in Hong Kong amounting to HK$6 million. The Foundation works with social enterprises and innovators in Singapore, India, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong on programs ranging from venture challenges, learning forums, intensive incubation, grant support, financing and skilled volunteer mentoring.
The goal of the DBS Social Innovator program is to solve social issues using innovative ideas and technology, a reflection of DBS Foundation’s commitment to support the creative industry.
The DBS Social Incubators Program is divided into three phases, as outlined below:
Ø Selected from 150 entries, 20 shortlisted teams were invited to participate in Pitchathon
Ø 20 shortlisted teams introduced their ideas or solutions to 100 sector representatives and Judges
Ø The Judging Panel and participating audience voted to select 10 Finalists entering the 2ndstage
Ø 10 Finalists received HKD20, 000 Acceleration Fund and 3 months of incubation support for kick-starting the initial stage of development e.g. prototyping, market research and product test etc.
Ø 10 Finalists participated in the Final Pitch on 28 July; competed for four Champion Prizes with a HKD450, 000 start-up fund and one year incubation support each.
Ø To implement the awarded innovative projects
About DBS Foundation
As a corporate foundation in Asia solely dedicated to championing social entrepreneurship, DBS Foundation contributes towards building a more inclusive society so that those at society’s margins can enjoy productive and rewarding lives. The Foundation is an endeavor from DBS Bank to make an even greater impact in addressing Asia’s evolving social needs. Visit us at: www.dbs.com/dbsfoundation
Frontier Foundation has hosted NGO Connection Day in Taiwan since 2008. Every year, we tour in different cities around Taiwan to explore new ICT innovation and trends with NGOs. Over 4,000 NGO workers attended 46 campaigns. NGO Connection Day has been an annual highlight for NGO ICT sector in Taiwan.
The Technology for Good Day, formerly known as NGO Day, was a grand success this year. Sixty-two senior executives attended the executive breakfast, and 87 IT managers and front line officers attended the half-day conference.
Fifty-one NGO coworkers attended the two technical workshops. The theme of the event was Cloud Technology – From Theory to Practice.
It served as a good platform for nonprofits to exchange ideas, share best practices and new insights into how to take full advantage of cloud technology.
Microsoft Philanthropies also announced a USD$1 billion donation globally in providing cloud computing resources to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.
Information Technology Resource Centre, a limited company wholly owned by HKCSS, will continue to work with Microsoft Hong Kong in the coming months, organizing workshops and trainings to facilitate the utilization of this donation in the nonprofit sector.
For further information, please visit the event webpage (Chinese only).
TechSoup’s Vietnam partner, Vietnet-ICT, hosted the NPOs and Volunteers Connection Day in Saigon. Serving as a venue for the youth of Vietnam to find meaningful opportunities to make an impact, this one-day conference was attended by over 400 youths and 25 different NGOs, and featured a variety of technology training and capacity building workshops that facilitated opportunities to connect and collaborate with one another.
Held last 28-30 October 2015 at Tokyo, Japan, the annual partners meeting served as a venue for delegates of TechSoup Global and its regional partners in the Asia-Pacific region to convene and discuss updates about the TechSoup program, how to further improve the program, and future initiatives to help address the growing ICT needs of each country represented.
This event was hosted by Japan NPO Center and Microsoft Japan, and was attended by over 13 partners representing 11 countries within the Asia-Pacific.
TechSoup has finally made its way to China last 12 January 2016. Launched during the Microsoft “Cloud Tech” NPO IT Day in Nanjing, over hundreds of thousands of nonprofit organizations in China can now access discounts and donations provided by Microsoft and Box.
The launch and the facilitation of the TechSoup China program has been overseen by TechSoup’s newest local partner, Non-Profit Incubator (NPI), in China.