To sustain the momentum in driving and incentivising ICT adoption in the silver hair community, OGCIO launched the Smart Elderly IT Star Awards in December 2013 to recognise those elderly who had made most effective use of ICT to create impact on their quality of life, on others and on the community. The Government commissioned the Hong Kong Society for the Aged to take charge of the award scheme.
A total of 115 nominations were received since the launch of scheme in December 2013, and from these the judging panel selected 12 Smart Elderly IT Stars. Also, "The Most Liked Story of IT Stars Contest" was organised at the Facebook theme page for voting by the public to identify three stories with the most ‘Likes’ after the announcement of results in March 2014. The awards presentation ceremony was held on 17 April 2014 at Conference Hall of Central Government Offices. About 500 people attended the ceremony.
The Most Liked Story of IT Stars Contest
Exemplary stories of the 12 Smart Elderly IT Stars were uploaded to a Facebook page for a month-long public voting for "The Most Liked Story of IT Stars Contest". The three most liked stories of the Smart Elderly IT Stars received prizes and trophies at the Awards Ceremony.
Smart Elderly IT Star Awards Presentation Ceremony
The ceremony was held on 17 April 2014 at the Conference Hall of the Central Government Offices. Twelve elders were selected as "Smart Elderly IT Stars" and eight others were awarded certificates of merit in recognition of their frequent use of ICT in daily life. Three IT Stars further received prizes for Facebook’s "Most Liked Story of IT Stars Contest".
Apart from prizes presentation, booths were set up to display various mobile applications for elderly participants of the ceremony to try on themselves, to raise their interest and confidence in using digital products, and provide a valuable chance for sharing experience with one another.
Smart Elders got together in the awards presentation ceremony.
Stunning performances by Chan Shu Kui Memorial School Marching Band (Fire Dragon) and SAGE Silver-hair Marching Band demonstrated inter-generation harmony.
Each officiating guest inserted a star-shape USB into a hub, symbolising the togetherness in leading elders to embrace a digital life.
Officiating guests, various guests, Smart Elderly IT Stars, merit prize awardees and nominating units/persons took a group photo.
Display booths on “Wonderful Digital Life” presented an array of mobile applications suitable for the elderly.