Technology is for everyone

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 March, 2007, 12:00am

Many young people in Hong Kong play games and surf the Net on their computer at home every day. But for children from poor families, access to computers is a luxury.

To raise awareness of the plight of underprivileged children, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and IBM China/Hong Kong Limited organised a stamp design competition.

'Technology is an integral part of our lives. All people, rich and poor, should be able to make use of technological advances. The competition allows students to incorporate their ideas about the digital revolution into stamps,' said Dominic Tong, general manager of IBM.

Sixteen designs were selected from more than 200 entries based on their creativity and visions for the digital future.

The winning designs were made into commemorative stamp sets. Proceeds will go to the Digital Solidarity Fund to support digital empowerment programmes for the needy.

Set up in 2004 by HKCSS, the fund subsidises programmes to help the needy gain access to digital technology.

Children from poor families, the elderly and other underprivileged groups benefit from programmes including computer recycling projects and computer training courses.

Each set of stamps costs HK$100. For donations, visit HKCSS homepage at