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National Day Ground Up Party

Welcome to our second National Day Ground Up Party (NDGUP)! Explore Singapore’s social space in an experiential way at our three-day online festival.

Join activities hosted by people behind local ground-up social initiatives, connect with fellow participants, and explore our site. Enjoy!

View our schedule here: Link to Schedule

Indicate interest for Breakout Activities here: Indicate Interest

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Help Desk

On the event day itself, the easiest way to get started is to click the link below to join a Zoom call with our organizing team and other participants.

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2 Ways To Experience The Party

The same events and programmes are available to both, you will just get to experience them in a different way!

Party Mode

A playful and interactive
"game-like" way to experience our virtual event.

This is what you might see...

Conference Mode

An organized and structured
way to identify and join the programmes scheduled for the event.

Here are some examples of activities and people you will get to talk to...

Gaurav

Aug 7, 2020 | 7.10pm - 7.50pm

Gaurav is a digital innovator, and previously built dialectic.sg and confirm.sg. Currently at Better.sg, a volunteer-run non-profit collective that builds digital tools to address societal issues and drives the “techforgood” movement in Singapore.

Art Jam and Chat

Aug 8, 2020 | 4.50pm - 6.20pm

Let’s chat while drawing together! We’ll talk through what defines home for us while illustrating memories and scenes from home. Feel free to draw along or send in suggestions! Renae will start off by sharing her thoughts on what defines home for her and how that has changed now that she’s based abroad for 3 years, and visits Singapore once a year. Renae is a PhD candidate in Sociology, currently based in the Netherlands and sorely missing home. Bring: Drawing materials - paper, and a pen/pencil

National Day Songs Analysis

Aug 9, 2020 | 2.20pm - 3.50pm

National day songs have been around since the 1980s, and they have evolved significantly over the years. In this part-singalong, part-analysis session, we will be going through the songs through the ages, and witnessing the change in tone, mood, narratives, and use that as a signal for where our country is currently at, and what our current narratives and struggles are. Use this opportunity to finally understand what you've been singing in the past years! Bring: Just yourself!

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Who are We?

We’re a group of random Singaporeans who decided last year to have a small party to bring people and social initiatives together. But we got so into it that it got bigger, and 100+ people turned up!

This year, we’re hosting a three-day online festival with more partners. Singapore isn’t boring - you can support so many ground-up initiatives, view various art/music works, and connect with friendly people.

The Carnival Space/ Game Map

To re-create the real-life festival experience, Louis dreamed up our virtual carnival space/“game map”, and coded it from scratch! It was illustrated by the lovely Renae, with music arranged by the creative Hafeez, and great tech help from Lih Wei and Victor.

If you enjoyed the game map visuals and audio, see more of Renaee and Hafeez’s works on our local Artist/Musician Wall.

Or, check them out here:

Renae’s website

Hafeez’s YouTube

Victor's Blog.

We’re mostly from Praxium, Hatch, OpenJio, NTU Women in Tech, and we’re partnering with A Good Space. Check us out here:

  • Praxium runs programmes to help teens and youth find out what they want to do for work when they grow up. So instead of just asking "What do you want to do when you grow up?", they help you find the answer and learn the skills related to it.
  • Hatch is a training and job-matching social enterprise which empowers youth from all walks of life, regardless of their education level. It then matches youth to high-growth companies in need of talent.
  • OpenJio is a Telegram channel which helps you keep up with events happening in the social sector. They seek to build a learning community of people who care about social causes.
  • Women in Tech (NTU) is a student community in NTU that aims to empower the next generation of female leaders through women-focused events including workshops, mentoring and networking sessions.
  • A Good Space (AGS) is a co-operative that brings together active citizens, community based organisations, social enterprises, companies and anyone concerned about social problems to create the Singapore of our dreams, together.

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Tips Jar

This is a 100% self-funded ground-up party. Your contributions will help us cover event costs e.g. web domain costs, marketing, etc. that we've personally chipped in, in order to create this event for fellow Singaporeans. If there’s any left over, we’ll use it for next year’s party (hopefully a physical one, with snacks? :D)

Last year, we collected $84.60 in total, with $3.76 left over.

Add to our ground-up fund via Paylah.

You should see Amos Liu as the recipient. He's our treasurer to keep track of funds!