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ICT expo set next week in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 November)– Information and Communication Technology (ICT) players in this city and the neighboring areas will gather here next week for a two-day exposition on the latest technology trends, products and solutions.
Percival Pasuelo, executive assistant for ICT of the city mayor’s office, said the local government has tied up with ICT stakeholders in Region 12 as well as other government agencies for the hosting of the ICT Expo 2012 on Nov.

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“(We) joined forces to promote the use of ICT for economic development,” the official said.
Pasuelo said the expo, which will be held at the events center of the SM City General Santos, will feature technology or tech-talks on virtual assistance, call center, digital caricature and the development of business blogs for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
He said they will also showcase the initiatives undertaken by the city government’s enhanced SHEEP-Computer Literacy Program.
SHEEP stands for Social Transformation, Human Empowerment, Economic Diversification, Environment Security and Regeneration and Participatory Governance and Transparency, which are the city’s main development thrusts.
The city government earlier launched the CLP as a major component of the SHEEP program’s education-related initiatives.

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Pasuelo said they will gather anew students of 26 public and 16 private secondary schools that have availed of SHEEP-CLP’s robotics training program for the 2nd Robotics Mini-Olympics.
He said the activity will gauge the technical and applied programming skills on automating mobile robots that were acquired by their trainees.

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“This is to promote awareness among our youths the advancements in science and information technology through friendly competition,” he said.
Pasuelo said elementary school students from various SHEEP-CLP recipient-schools will complete in the “Electronic Battle of the Brains” contest.
The event is a quiz-bee type of competition where the top 10 pupils who were pre-selected earlier by the SHEEP-CLP team will take part in a computerized question and answer contest, he said.
The official said the expo will hold a competition on Cosplay integrated into digital caricature making; newsletter design and layouting; and, blogging for public elementary school pupils.
The competition will gather pupils who earlier attended the “level-up ICT training” sponsored by the SHEEP-CLP, he said.
The ICT Expo 2012, which evolved from the city’s annual eBusiness Week celebration, is supported by the ICT Solutions Association-Region 12, Department of Trade and Industry and the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)

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