Task Force Chairperson attends
sharing ceremony of the funded project
In 2021, the SIE Fund funded four innovative projects themed on inter-generational digital inclusion, including the SmartConnect programme launched by the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council. A sharing ceremony was held by the Council on 12 December 2023 to share the programme’s accomplishments.
In her speech delivered at the event, Dr Jane Lee, Chairperson of the SIE Fund Task Force, stated that SmartConnect has adopted a multi-faceted approach to help senior citizens make good use of digital technology, and the Fund is pleased to see the close communication between the elderly and the youngsters through which both parties greatly benefitted.
SmartConnect has engaged the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as its research partner which provides analysis of the programme’s impact and advice on its development. Research findings suggest that the programme has significantly enhanced the elderly’s mastery of digital devices while the collaboration of the young and old has effectively mitigated stereotyping and fostered intergenerational communication and inclusion.
Elderly and youngster participants were also invited to share their experiences and what they learned. They appreciated the programme for enhancing intergenerational communication and mutual understanding.
Please visit this web page for more information about SmartConnect.