Huawei makes Tech4City a reality towards building a digitally inclusive and caring Singapore
[Singapore, 9 Jun, 2022] Global ICT leader, Huawei’s vision of building a digitally inclusive world where no one is left behind is taking flight in Singapore. The company has been working closely with its Singapore partners over 20 years to digitally transform businesses and revolutionise the way we live, work and play. It is with this spirit in mind that Huawei embarked on its journey of giving back to the community in Singapore through its Tech4City programme.
“Tech4City is Huawei’s Singapore-oriented long-term, digital inclusion initiative that uses technology, applications and skills to empower local people and organizations. In Singapore, using digital technology to preserve and promote local hawker culture is an endeavour that we are proud to contribute to better support hawkers in embracing digitalisation opportunities.” said Mr Foo Fang Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei International.
Over the last quarter, Huawei’s team of volunteers, along with a myriad of East Coast volunteers came together on several campaigns to give back to the East Coast community. Huawei’s regional headquarters are based in the East Coast of Singapore and the company is committed to giving back to the people and businesses within the area.
Together with Minister of State Tan Kiat How (in white top), and Kampong Chai Chee volunteers, our CEO of Huawei International Foo Fang Yong (third from right) led a volunteer team from Huawei to deliver hawker food to 380 nursing home seniors and staff in the East Coast.
In celebration of the Spring Lantern Festival, a day symbolizing reunion, on 15 February 2022, the Huawei team brought festive cheer to 380 seniors and the staff of five nursing homes in the East Coast by delivering their favourite hawker food to celebrate the occasion. In addition, the Huawei team also sought to digitally empower local hawkers on board food delivery platforms. This equipped hawkers with digital skillsets to enable them to share their delicious hawker delights with beneficiaries.
Mr Tan Kiat How, Adviser to East Coast GRC (Kampong Chai Chee) grassroots organisations, said, “I am happy to see corporate partners like Huawei working with our grassroots volunteers and community to build a caring, green and vibrant East Coast. Besides showing appreciation to frontline workers such as healthcare workers, the initiatives also supported our hawkers and heartland businesses who were impacted by Covid.”
Standing in solidarity with frontliners
The COVID-19 pandemic upended many lives and livelihoods, with healthcare frontliners taking the hardest hit. On 23 March 2022, Huawei, together with its community partners worked together to deliver 220 sets of hawker food from Changi Village Hawker Centre to staff at Bedok Polyclinic, one of the largest polyclinics in the heartlands.
Bedok Polyclinic staff enjoyed their hawker treat.
Dr Zheng from Bedok Polyclinic shared in an interview with Singapore One: “I deeply appreciate the kind gesture by our Kampong Chai Chee community club and Huawei. They have been showing us support, ever since we started this fight, and our staff have also benefitted from the various food and gift contributions. I feel that there’s great solidarity and support from the community.”
Building an inclusive and caring society
During Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and giving, Huawei distributed food voucher codes to 80 families residing in Bedok North. Youth volunteers from Heartware Network also educated less tech-savvy residents to use the voucher codes.
Minister of State Tan Kiat How (in white top) and Charles Cheng, Managing Director, Huawei International (second from left) distributed food voucher codes to 80 families at Bedok North.
Charles Cheng, Managing Director, Huawei International said, “As a corporate citizen and East Coast resident, Huawei is glad to support our community by enabling hawkers to go digital, and empowering them with technology. We also took the opportunity to show our appreciation for our frontline healthcare workers, who have been going above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19.”
Huawei Tech4City Community on the way
With its roots and heart in the East Coast, Huawei is committed to making a difference in its local community.
As part of a Huawei Tech4City initiative, Huawei launched its Tech4City Competition recently to inspire participants and build a dynamic and change-making community towards a sustainable Singapore. From the months of June to August, Huawei will hold three separate sharing sessions covering three themes: Nature, Culture and Neighbour.
The first Community Event, to be held on 23 June 2022 (Thursday), will focus on Nature, where experts from academia, industry, non-profit organisation, and Huawei will share their insights and discuss how technology could be used to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment as well as biodiversity.
Huawei’s Tech4City programme is open to organizations or volunteers who are keen to contribute to this cause. If you have a great idea and would like to collaborate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.