Since 2017, GIC has been a partner of National University of Singapore School of Computing and sponsors the Community Fellowship Award for students participating the Computing for Voluntary Welfare Organizations (“CVWO”) attachment programme. This programme provides a platform for undergraduates from the NUS School of Computing to develop the required skills and confidence in their profession outside of their classroom while delivering long-term impact to communities in need.
How it works
The CVWO initiative recognises that few Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) in Singapore have the financial means to justify expenditure on IT systems instead of items related to their core business. These VWOs can benefit from computerising processes which are repetitive or administrative in nature. This would enable social workers to spend more time on work that can directly benefit their beneficiaries.
With GIC’s support through the award, participants of the attachment programme are matched with the needs of selected VWOs based on their computer programming skills. This provides CVWO participants with the unique opportunity to take ownership of and build an industry-standard IT system for partner VWOs.
Through the years, students involved in the CVWO initiative haves developed quality systems that increase organizational efficiency and improved processes within the VWOs they serve, allowing social workers to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time doing impactful work.
In 2020, one of the teams was recognised as a ‘Tech Hero From Crisis’ at the IT Leaders Awards 2021. Organised by the Singapore Computer Society, the award recognises teams who have made a significant positive impact on the community using technology, during the pandemic.
Together with the Singapore Armed Forces, the team of five students raced against time to develop a national contact tracing system in less than three weeks, to ease the workload of Ministry of Health (MOH) contact tracers when COVID-19 cases spiked in May 2020. Data compiled with this large-scale web app continues to help MOH provide its daily updates to the public on the COVID-19 situation.