Md Sirajul Islam speaks at the inauguration session.
The three-day Digital Innovation Fair 2013 ended successfully amid huge participation and response at Maijdee in Noakhali.
Deputy Commissioner Md Sirajul Islam inaugurated the fair on May 10 on the premises of Noakhali Zilla School. The district administration organised the fair as part of the "Access to Information" programme being implemented by the Prime Minister's Office.
As many as 37 government and private organisations took part in the fair to promote the e-services they offer in the district. Among the government agencies, e-Service Centre of the district administration, Union Information and Service Centre, Regional Passport Office, BRTA, BTCL and the municipality were major participants who provide different e-services directly to the people.
Of the private services, DBBL, bKash, Edu-Smart, Dhaka and Banglalion attracted attention of a huge number of visitors.
Besides exhibition of e-services, the fair held several seminars and workshops at the auditorium of Zilla School. On the opening day, a seminar styled "Use of Digital Technology: Delivering Services at People's Door" was held. Paritosh Hajra, additional deputy commissioner, read the keynote.
On the second day, a seminar on the use of ICT in education management was held by Edu-Smart, Dhaka. ASM Zillur Rahman, managing director of Edu-Smart, presented the keynote paper.
The final day had a workshop organised by Noakhali Government College on delivering lectures using digital contents. Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun, lecturer, Md. Zafar Iqbal, lecturer, and SM Afjal Hossain, assistant profession, spoke, while Prof Swapan Chandra Roy, principal of the college, was the main speaker.
The fair also had several quiz competition for students and visitors and a game as well as wifi zone. On the concluding day, the DC handed prizes among the winners of different competitions and best stalls. The passport office clinched the best stall award, while BRTA became second and New Success Computers and Computer Shop jointly stood third.
"I had no idea such a huge number of government services are available online. Without this fair I might not have a chance to learn about these services," said Md Ismail Hossain who came to the fair with his son.
Zahidur Rahman, assistant commissioner, ICT, of the district administration said, "The fair has played a significant role in introducing the e-services provided by the government before the people of Noakhali. Participation of both the government and private organisations has made the fair a success."