Newcomers to the internet are often excluded in an overwhelmingly digital age. Now, Singapore has solution for bridging this divide: Intergenerational IT bootcamps.
The bootcamp program was developed as part of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) Silver Infocomm Initiative, which promotes IT awareness and literacy among the elderly. But beyond learning, the program was also about encouraging seniors to foster bonds with the young, by being engaged digitally.
The simple idea behind these bootcamps was to tap into the natural skills of Singapore's young digital natives and pair them with those from the baby boom-generation who may not have been exposed to information technology.
So far, there have been 145 bootcamps with over 3,000 senior participants through the joint efforts of IDA, grassroots organizations and schools around the island nation.