Featured in The Herald Sun, Page 7 – Wednesday 1 March, 2017
Former maths and engineering teacher Charles Halik, 91, felt out of touch with modern technology, so he hired ReadyTechGo for smartphone tips.
“I got very glum because I realised this is a world in which I have completely fallen behind. But now I feel exhilarated: it’s like listening to two Beethoven symphonies my whole life, then discovering there are seven more.”
Mr Halik, who lives independently, loves the ease of communicating with his five children. He said using the iPad was a bit of a grind, “but I’ll get there one day”.
And his smartphone has some old-school uses.
“You can use your iPhone as a paperweight,” he joked.
Since 1992, the prestigious Telstra Business Awards celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s small and medium businesses.
Over 5,000 businesses were nominated for the 2015 Telstra Business Awards, which involves a rigorous judging process. ReadyTechGo was one of four finalists in the Victorian Start-up category.
We can’t thank our clients enough for all your support over the years. Thank you to our wonderful team of Technology Trainers who are at the forefront of our business, and are part of making a real difference to the lives of many individuals.
We are so proud to be recognised by Telstra and the judges!
Lisa Du is a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever Award – Small Business Achievement category for her business, which educates people including Edith Downie about technology.
FOREST Hill’s Lisa Du said knowing her dad still walked in to a bank to make transactions meant there was a need in the market for her business, ReadyTechGo.
She said her co-founder realised the same thing, because at his weekly family dinners his parents would hand him a device as soon as he walked through the front door and ask him to show them how to use it.
ReadyTechGo started three years ago and employs eight trainers to help people with various technology devices.
Ms Du said peopled aged from 16 to 97 had used ReadyTechGo.
“We send out trainers based on the needs of the person,” Ms Du said.
“We’ve had some come back for more than 65 lessons because once they start learning, they realise there is more they want to keep learning.”
ReadyTechGo helps with electronics including tablets, computers, smartphones and even microwaves.
Ms Du is one of four finalists in the Victorian Young Achiever Award small business achievement category. Winners will be announced on May 1. Details: readytechgo.com.au or 9434 2020.
We are delighted that our Co-Founder – Lisa, is a Finalist in the 2015 Victorian Young Achiever Awards – Victorian Government Small Business Achievement Category.
The Victorian Young Achiever Awards aims to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young Victorians up to 28 years of age. The Victorian Government Small Business Achievement Award promotes those young people who “give it a go” through determination, innovation, hard work and self-motivation, rewarding those who make their own luck and opportunities a reality.
Winners will be announced on Friday 1 May at an Awards Ceremony.
We are so proud and humbled by the announcement that ReadyTechGo is a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards.
2 years ago, we started ReadyTechGo Pty Ltd after personally seeing our parents and grandparents frustrated and struggling to keep up to speed with modern technology. We have been blown away by the response we have received, and we love seeing the difference that ReadyTechGo’s services are making to the lives of Australians.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all our family, friends, wonderful clients and our amazing team for all your support. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us and believed in us.
We are really excited and gearing up for the announcement at the Telstra Business Awards Gala on the 8th of July. If you would like to give ReadyTechGo a boost, please share your messages of support right here or via this link: //finalists.telstrabusinessawards.com/event, and we can see them on the big night!
Over the last couple of months, we have had the pleasure of helping a 65 year old man learn how to use an iPad through one-on-one technology lessons. Peter has never touched a computer in his life, and a shiny new iPad and the capabilities of this wonderful machine is absolutely mind blowing. What makes Peter’s story extraordinary is that Peter is a survivor of a brain tumour. Having had multiple operations, Peter suffers from memory problems.
For a long time, Peter felt like he “was in the dark”. He felt like “Everyone was using technology”, but he had absolutely no idea how to get started, and admitted he “was afraid”.
Using an iPad for the first time was mind blowing for Peter. He could not believe that this little machine could predict his text before he had finished writing it himself. He could play games which “keeps the brain thinking”, and best of all, he could communicate with family and friends.
However, with memory difficulties, it can be extremely deflating when learning new technology. Writing an email is not simple for Peter. When you are learning something new, you are thinking of more than one thing. Where the keys on the keyboard are, and what to say to the recipient. What makes it even more difficult is that Peter also suffers from tunnel vision. It’s just not easy.
During our one on one lessons with Peter, we have explored avenues to enable Peter to use his new technology with ease. We have explored “Accessibility” functions on the iPad, such as enlarging the text, enabling the iPad to read out news stories, and we have shown Peter how to use the voice to text function to send emails. Peter says the iPad is great as it “keeps the brain working”.
It has been such a pleasure assisting Peter, and although we still have a learning curve ahead, every day is a step forward. Watch this space to keep updated with Peter’s journey
Here are some applications that Peter is using on his iPad to boost brain activity:
Candy Crush – Crush candies with this fun game
Fit Brain – Brain games and puzzles, developed by a team of scientists, psychologists and neurologists,
Quiz Up – A trivia game where you can compete with contestents around the world
“A generation is struggling with technology, but there is one-on-one help” writes John Gascoigne in MYCAREER section of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
As more and more businesses force us to use modern technology, it’s difficult to keep up to speed, or find out where to get training. Read why ReadyTechGo was started to help seniors and not so tech savvy individuals received personalised tech help outside of a classroom environment.