The SRCWA Be Connected Get Online Week Seniors Tech Expo, now in its fifth year, is part of the worldwide “Get on Line Week” movement 17th -23rd October 2022.
This year’s Expo we partnered with The City of Vincent who provided the venue The Vincent Community Centre in Leederville Western Australia.
Through the Good Things Foundation, we were fortunate enough to secure a Be Connected Grant, which enables SRCWA to once again run a very successful event.
SRCWA Executive Officer Dawn Yates officially opened the Expo at 10.00am, which included an introduction to each of the exhibitors. Exhibitors gave a short presentation on their products and services and explained how they can be of help to seniors in their day-to-day life. Our guest speaker for the event was the inaugural Seniors Card WA “Golden Lens Competition” winner Richard Goodwin. Richard shared how his love of photography had helped him in his retirement keeping him active and connected using photographic technology. Richards’ talk encouraged retirees to “Try One Thing” and consider photography as a creative hobby. His talk was very informative and he shared a few tips on how to produce winning pictures and improve their images of family and friends. Richard was then followed by Carlos from Camera Electronic who shared the latest instamatic cameras and printers, small drones and a gimble for mobile phones. Thank you Richard and Carlos for enlightening presentations.
There was a record 12 exhibitors on hand this year to provide help and advice to those in attendance, they included:
- Innogreen Technologies – Technologies for end-to-end smart home solutions as well as training and support with the goal of improving quality of life and technological inclusiveness.
- Injury Matters – Online resources to “Stay on Your Feet” and Online Community Connect Program
- Guardian Safety Pendants – Latest personal alarms which enable may seniors to remain home longer and gives family piece of mind.
- ANZ Bank – Digital literacy support for online banking and account management.
- City of Vincent Library – using the Be Connected Network Free Digital literacy lessons.
- Camera Electronic – Cameras, accessories, and options for seniors, how to digitise old photos and share them.
- NBN Australia – What is the state of the internet infrastructure at your address what are the options and how to access one on one digital literacy support.
- Consumer Protection – Advice on staying safe online and what to do if you are involved in a SCAM.
- Live Up – a free healthy ageing online platform to help older Australians stay independent for longer.
- SRCWA Cricut – How technology can be used for crafting.
- WA Seniors Card – the Safety and Security Rebate. Technology to help keep you safe at home and how to enter the Golden Lens Competition.
- Be Connected Network Partner SRCWA TSS – log on and learn more about using the Be Connected free learning resources or find a Be Connected Partner near their home.
On exploring, the benefits of getting online participants received an entry into the draw to win a $100 gift card. The winner Jeannette was very appreciative of her prize and had visited the ANZ Bank stand where she was able to set up a secure digital wallet on her phone. Our second prize a Camera Electronic Store Card won by Bev who visited the Consumer Protection site and learned how to spot a SCAM and stay safe online.
Participants enjoyed a healthy and delicious lunch as well as tea coffee and water at the event, thank you to Arian at Innogreen for your contribution towards the catering.
Our grateful thanks go to the organisations and government departments who supported this event, which helped to introduce and encouraged the participants to the wonders of being online and encouraged then to “Try One Thing”. A big thank you to the SRCWA staff and volunteers who worked very hard to facilitate this event, thank you to Richard Dermody for the photographs.