Digital Inclusion Project

Digital Inclusion refers to various information strategies building a information society without discrimination. In this society, people are exposed to equal opportunities of using information regardless of education level, sex, age, race, and place of residence. ASUS links social humanities with green technology and help to bridge the digital divide. Through the concrete and continuous actions, ASUS expects to cultivate international talents and fulfill the ideal of ASUS' world citizen.

There are 3 main aspects of the project of reducing digital divide: installing basic hardware equipment, developing digital learning abilities, and moral education and cultural preservation. 6 sub-projects are also designed to gradually improve the life quality of disadvantaged groups through digital learning, while promoting and preserving traditional culture.

Infrastructure Build Up

Digital Learning Center

Since 2009, the ASUS Foundation has been working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Opportunity Center (APEC ADOC ) 2.0 project and assisting the non-profit organizations of ADOC member nations or entities with diplomatic relations with Taiwan in creating digital learning centers, promoting digital learning and bridging digital divide due to nation, region, age and gender differences in the hope of improving the digital competency and quality of life of local residents.

In 9 years, the ASUS Foundation has contributed to the establishment of digital opportunity centers in 36 nations with over 450 computer classrooms, and the donation of 14,402 new notebook computers, refurbished computers and tablets. In addition to the donation of the equipment, we also provided support service through our volunteers as well to promote digital learning, improve the digital skills of children in rural regions, of students and young adults of economic difficulty, and of women and of elderly. Work practice positions were also provided. Over 550,000 people are benefit from the project.

In 2017, the ASUS Foundation worked with TDOC and the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs to donate 661 brand new notebook computers, 192 tablets, 20 Zenbos, 42 mobile phones, and 1,904 refurbished computers to the rural schools or organizations in 24 nations. The joint effort of governmental organization and private company helps spread the warmth and resources to rural regions or vulnerable population around the world, improving the digital competency of local vulnerable children and academic organizations.

Development of Digital Learning Ability

Digital Cultivation Project

Starting from 2008, the ASUS Foundation has launched "PC Recycling for a Brighter Future" program that recycles discarded computers and refurbishes them by reusing available components and updating the software. The program not only recovers discarded electronic products through reverse logistics to promote the concept of eco-friendly but also establishes the basic infrastructure of information products, becoming up the first step towards the promotion of digital learning to reduce the gap of digital divide. By the end of 2017, a total of 345,900 waste electronic products had been recovered, 10,746 refurbished computers had been donated to 36 countries and 472 non-profit organizations worldwide, affecting more than hundred thousand people.

Recipients of these refurbished computers were mainly non-profit service providers such as volunteers, learning enrichment centers for disadvantaged students, seniors, physical/mental handicaps, new immigrants, and so forth. Besides hardware, the ASUS Foundation cooperated with Digital Phoenix Association to provide relevant software trainings, such as social network building (creating fan page on Facebook, posting and sharing contents), file management (using cloud drive, making questionnaires and surveys on cloud), word processing, promotional platform (introductory video editing) and so forth. Such supplementary courses not only help to boost the administrative capabilities of our partners in non-profit organizations but also enable them to broaden their international views and rendering them more competitive in the future. In 2017, the provision of these software training and teaching materials had benefitted approximately 21,120 users directly and indirectly.

Since 2016, we expanded NOP Day-Smart NOP which created a learning and interacting platform for non-profit organizations. Moreover, it became one of the primary communication platforms for donators and recipients. The donators would know to whom the donated equipment went; whereas the recipient could learn how to use digital tools efficiently to elevate its digital power. ASUS held a NPO Day in Kaohsiung, Changhua, and Taipei in 2017, with total of 61 recipient units and 7 donating corporations participated in this event, as well as local government agencies such as Social Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government and Changhua County Government. We also Invited Loss of Parental Child Welfare Foundation, Information Society Promotion Association, Chinese Culture University, professors from Chienkuo Technology University, and together with ASUS software planner as speakers in digital lectures. Topics included but not limited to: Office 365 cloud introduction, internet marketing for non-profit organization, website design concept introduction, and the introduction and application of mobile APP. 99 people were directly benefit from this event, and 9,760 people indirectly.

Since 2015, the ASUS Foundation, on the mission of reducing digital divide, has worked with ASUS Volunteer Club in providing onsite digital content training at the receiving organizations of refurbished computers. In the fieldwork, ASUS employees could observe the needs of users and reflect them in product and service design, which further improves the relationship between ASUS products and users.

In order to ensure effective communication and exchange between the recipient organizations, we create our Facebook fan page to promote the benefits of these refurbished computers and the program. For more information on the ASUS Foundation’s “Refurbished Computer and Digital Training Program”, please visit:http://www.asusfoundation.org

ASUS World Citizenship/Volunteer Program

The business philosophy of ASUS is to nurture, cherish, and care for employees. This allows ASUS people to fully maximize their potential. We encourage employees to proactively participate in volunteer services, and we achieved great success in 2017.

The ASUS Foundation has been recruiting international volunteer group that provides opportunities for ASUS employees seeking international service experience. With the collaboration with domestic and foreign school clubs and non-profit organizations, the international volunteers visit rural regions to provide information and communication training, Chinese language education and technical training, as well as raising ecological protection awareness. This excites the potential of ASUS employees and fulfilled the social responsibilities. In 9 years, more than 700 volunteers participated. ASUS encourages volunteer service participation by offering 2 weeks of official leave as well as meal and travel compensation. In 2017, 106 volunteers were sent to 9 countries, namely the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, India, and Tanzania.

Through achievement presentation, Facebook, and volunteer website, with videos, photographs and text records, the ASUS Foundation is able to share the experiences of volunteer services and interesting/heart-touching moments with people around the world.

Achievements of international volunteer service: http://www.asusfoundation.org/article_achievements.aspx?id=3

In addition to selecting international volunteers to perform services in rural regions abroad, ASUS has paid equal attention to local disadvantaged minorities. In order to encourage employees to actively participate in relevant voluntary services and charity events, the company offers 1 day of volunteer leave per year for each employee and subsidy for related event funds.

In 2017, for the first time, ASUS Volunteer Club held a four-day digital learning fun camp for two elementary schools in the countryside in Taiwan. One of them was in Fa-Ji elementary school in Nantou, and the other was in Tong-An elementary school in Changhua. During the camp, we introduced the students to the proper use of digital technology and to the actual practice with the equipment, and it became a very different summer vacation experience for them. Those children who participated in this camp were not necessarily in top of their classes. However, their focus looks and thirst to learn were shown with a learning experience. Because the children were given the learning opportunities and companionships, their futures are full of hopes.

Other Volunteer Services

Apart from ASUS Digital Learning Fun Camp, the 2017 volunteer services included but not limited to: Yu-Yin elementary school information club; digital learning camp for Southern Taipei Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, for Northern Taipei Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, and for Taipei Orphan Welfare Foundation; Ta-yuan Church children’s Secret Base Digital Learning Camp and Environmental Education; Andrew Charity Food Bank, Zen-an Homeless Social Welfare Foundation, Warm Concern in Winter Taiwan Fund for Children and Families, Charity Sale in Busy Guandu Market; mountain cleaning, beach cleaning, and coast and river adopting activities. The enthusiasm and involvement of the ASUS volunteers were shown in every activity. Our volunteers tot only demonstrated the passion about public welfare, but also enhanced their recognition in self-value and achievement. In 2017, total hours of volunteer service around the world were 8,351 hours.

Public Welfare Platform - Public Welfare Good for All

In order to encourage ASUS people to involve with volunteer services and truly understand the value created, we promote public welfare lecture and public welfare good for all events through ASUS public welfare platform. We hope to call for our employees to participate in public welfare activities. It helps to increase coherence of the team and corporation value by completing non-work related mission through teamwork and building common language and non-official connection. In 2017, with great efforts of 150 people in 6 teams, they participated in the following activities: mountain cleaning, beach cleaning, helping out in food bank and in nursery school.

Digital Content and Cultural Preservation

99-Second Film and Micro Movie Contest

Beginning in 2009, the ASUS Foundation has held "National 99-Second Film Contest" with Taiwan Public Television Service (PTS) for 8 consecutive years. The theme of the 8th contest was "My Sustainable Generation", which was based on the sustainable issues that had received attention in recent years. We hoped that young students will use images through the lens to record the acts of our generation to expand the influence. For products of Information and communications technology underwent rapid development, the ASUS Foundation worked with PTS to hold "Mobile Device Video Workshop" that provide training on the design and application of mobile phone in hope of fostering the future video makers.

Over 100,000 participants and 2,800 pieces of work were submitted throughout these years. Various topics were covered, such as environmental conservation, community renovation, cultural preservation, resource recycling, and stray animals. It recorded the stories for those who pursuit the sustainability of Earth with their actions, and also with ideal and the courage to change. In the eighth year of “Touching Moment 99 My Sustainable Generation”, we continued to recruit 99-second video and also added “Documentary Micro Movie Filming Sponsorship Program”. We invited Director Chi-Jan Ho to supervise a documentary micro movie called “Cooking”, which was based on students’ production of “left-over food”. The movie was released on campus, which received great feedback in after-screening discussion. “Fight for a Breath”, the film that won the gold award of 99-second video, was based on a confession from a documentary worker who had been concerned about air pollution issue for a long time. It showed more people about the air pollution issue. These works inspired everyone to take the sustainability issue seriously.

Event Page: https://www.pts.org.tw/2016heartfelt99/
Event Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/touching99/?fref=ts

Mobile Device Video Workshop

ASUS combined professional video processing technology from Chinese Public Television and the latest ASUS handheld device "Zenfone4" to hold the workshop, not only attempting to improve the video competency of students, but also hope students to share their unique life experiences with more refined video creations with the public, and contribute to the efforts of requesting resources for people in need.

Over hundreds of people from all over Taiwan signed up for the Mobile Creation Camp for the past three years. In order to create more learning opportunities for the students, we moved the camp to Kaohsiung for 2017. Moreover, an image workshop for ASUS international volunteer was held this year. Volunteers could bring these touching memories from the services involved back to Taiwan and share with more students in Taiwan.

ASUS Indigenous Peoples Science Education Award

The Indigenous People Science Education Award focuses on cultural heritage and scientific verification. This award combines traditional indigenous scientific knowledge, culture, and ecological environment with modern scientific, technological and innovative research activities to promote the information and science accomplishment among elementary and junior high school students. With the use of cloud platforms and the company of elders and parents, elementary and junior high school students of indigenous areas conduct science projects relating to phenomenon and incidents relating to the tribal environment. The wisdom of indigenous tribes and culture are preserved through scientific verification methods.

The ASUS Indigenous Cloud Technology Education started from 2009 was in the joint effort of National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan Indigenous Television, Council of Indigenous Peoples, and ASUS Foundation. It also received support from ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Department of Information and Technology Education of the Ministry of Education, National Tsing Hua University "Yabit Tribe" website, government of counties and cities dwelled with indigenous people, and Tsing-Hua Foundation for Web Culture and Education. 2017 marks the 8th year of the award, with more than 2000 direct participants including indigenous teachers, students, elders and family members.

Website: http://www.yabit.org.tw/index.php