SICCI participates in this initiative by the Israeli embassy to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations with Singapore.
As a major project of Israel’s 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Singapore, the Israel Embassy in Singapore organised the inaugural Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) MakeAthon in Singapore. “Tikkun Olam” is a Hebrew phrase that means “mending the world” – the idea that each of us has the responsibility to use our talents to benefit society at large, and to serve the people around us.
To celebrate event, Singaporeans and Israeli volunteers participated in a three-day innovation marathon where several teams of persons of disabilities worked together with professionals, academics, and polytechnic students to design and develop affordable solutions to challenges faced by persons with special needs.
Every solution developed in a TOM Makeathon is deposited in the Public Domain (no IP) and will be accessible for free on the TOM website which will be launched in December 2019.
SICCI Advisor Ms Indranee Rajah was present at the event that was attended by 5 board of directors including SICCI Vice-Chairman. Prasoon Mukherjee and Chief Executive Officer K Barathan. The Israeli Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs Simona Halperin in her opening address shared that instead of simply holding a gala dinner in celebrating the 50th year of Israel-Singapore relationship, she chose to hold the TOM MakeAthon in partnership with SG Enabled and Singapore Kindness Movement.
SICCI Board of Directors discussed with the Israeli Ambassador on the Chamber’s possible increased involvement at next year’s event, where SICCI members could possibly be involved with assisting with the design and development of such projects.