Eight tech-savvy senior citizens aged between 58 and 77 will be information technology (IT) champions for their peers. These StarHub ambassadors are giving back to society by imparting IT knowledge to other seniors in line with Active Ageing in Singapore, supported by Council for Third Age (C3A) and RSVP ProGuide, a social enterprise company formed by RSVP.
From over 160 applicants, StarHub narrowed the number down to 30 based on their experience, knowledge and exposure to IT and social media. Those shortlisted were then invited to an interactive session, where they were assessed on their knowledge and interpersonal skills through a series of fun-filled activities which tested their social media and technological knowledge. These potential gurus were also interviewed to gauge their communication skills.
IT advocate Mr Low Lam Piew, 67, uses IT to listen to music, watch videos, correspond with family and friends over long distances through emails and video calls, read the news, listen to audio books, make payments, buy air tickets, book hotel stays, round up long-lost schoolmates and more! The other seven Golden Gurus are Mr Abdul Rahman Zamawi, 58; Ms Ong Hwee Kheng, 59; Mr Tan Soo Liang, 59; Mr Danny Wee Chwee Hock, 61; Ms Dora Lim Jeck Kiau, 66; Mr Ham Peng Kuang, 66; and Mr Sam Liu Chien Chien, 77.
After exclusive training from StarHub and RSVP ProGuide, these Golden Gurus will become co-trainers, imparting their technological abilities at community workshops organised by StarHub and conducted by RSVP ProGuide. Showcasing and leveraging on lifestyle topics that will appeal to senior citizens, the workshops are set to be far more engaging than one’s typical computer class.
They will be sharing their knowledge with other senior citizens via blogs, a dedicated Facebook application within StarHub’s Facebook page and a dedicated page – StarHub Community – on StarHub’s website at http://www.starhub.com
One of the 8 could not make it for the photo-shoot!