Game for Digital Literacy and Cyber Wellness
The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Singapore’s Cybersports & Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) will be signing a Letter of Collaboration (LOC) to promote healthy gaming and digital lifestyle among youth by sharing and transferring expertise and resources through workshops and seminars, industry attachment opportunities, cyber wellness projects, and digital literacy. The signing ceremony will be held Wed 3 July 2013, 2pm at ITE College Central.
The first landmark gaming event as a result of the partnership is the Campus Game Fest (CGF). To be held from Fri to Sun, 4 to 6 Oct 2013 at ITE College Central, CGF will be the first large-scale, youth-focused ‘Gaming, Animation, Media and Edu-tainment’ event held in a local education institution, where innovation, creativity and digital entertainment are brought together with an educational twist. For the first time, the gaming community can come together, hang out, and have fun in a “camp-like” environment for 3 days and 2 nights. It is also the biggest Local Area Network (LAN) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) party ever organized in Singapore. This event is expected to reach out to 100,000 youths from Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) and the general public in Singapore. Co-organising the event is also People’s Association Youth Movement (PAYM).
Sharing his thoughts on the collaboration, Dr Ang Kiam Wee, Principal, ITE College Central said, “I am pleased that the collaboration will bring together students from different courses and disciplines to put their skills and expertise to use, particularly for the inaugural Campus Games Fest. For students, it will be an exciting opportunity to be involved in a large-scale project, put their skills to the test and to do work for the community by encouraging cyber wellness and healthy gaming habits.”
Siti Norima, a second year student from Higher Nitec in Business Studies (Event Management), who will be involved in the organisation of the event, shared, “Being involved in the planning and execution of such a big project together with lecturers and industry players will be an eye-opening experience for me. I am looking forward to the learning opportunity out of my classroom.”