Bangkok, April 26, 2023 – The Digital Government Development Agency (DGA) and Microsoft Thailand have announced the next steps in their joint mission to enhance the performance and effectiveness of various public sector organizations. Together, the DGA will make significant progress towards its goal of creating a digital government for Thailand by harnessing Microsoft technologies that enrich digital public services and deliver a more impactful and accessible experience for all Thais. Furthermore, DGA and Microsoft are also jointly hosting the second season of the “DIGI Data Camp” program, which will see public sector innovators take part in a hackathon and help drive the transformation of their respective agencies into data-driven organizations.
This accelerated transition to a digital government represents impactful progress in line with the Act on Electronic Performance of Administrative Functions, B.E. 2565 – a law that governs electronic public services and enables government agencies to adopt hybrid work. More than 300 government agencies, encompassing a total of 105,000 employees, will be able to use the globally-recognized Microsoft 365 platform to further enhance public services through improved data management capabilities and more flexible digital workflows – all with the support of the DGA.
Dr. Supot Tiarawut, President & CEO of the Digital Government Development Agency, said, “As the central organization driving the development and transformation towards a digital government with advanced technologies, our partnership with Microsoft Thailand is a key part in our collaborative efforts with world-class technology companies to bring valuable tech expertise that can fulfil the diverse needs of each government agency. With Microsoft, we will educate the government workforce in the use of leading technologies for the work of over 300 organizations. We see this partnership as an important part of new standards and procedures for the digital era, which will pave the way towards more agile and flexible services for the people of Thailand – all backed by security of the highest standards.”
Meanwhile, DGA and Microsoft are also jointly hosting a hackathon under the “DIGI Data Camp” program, which is now entering its second season under a continuing mission to equip the public sector workforce with the ability to turn data into powerful insights. With skills learned from tech experts, these employees will be able to create their own tools and services that improve operational performance in their specific areas of public service. Conceived in line with the 13th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2023-2027), DIGI Data Camp season 2 now covers 359 participating teams, representing a total of 1,112 civil servants, government employees, and contractors.
Dhanawat Suthumpun, Managing Director of Microsoft Thailand, added: “Microsoft believes that innovation can happen anywhere – especially with low-code and no-code tools that empower today’s professionals to solve their highly specific problems by creating new apps and tools. We are proud to be working with the DGA in the DIGI Data Camp program, which will help people working in the public sector grow into citizen developers – capable of creating new apps and tools through Microsoft Power Apps. I am confident that Microsoft 365 and the Power Platform will boost their ability to innovate and collaborate while also adding the agility, precision, and security that can transform government agencies into data-driven organizations for the betterment of Thai lives.”
DIGI Data Camp season two is now undergoing the training phase with six major courses – including data analytics, app development, and automated systems. Participating teams will get together to present their project ideas in May, with the best 8 teams proceeding to the final round to challenge for the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. The winning team will be revealed with an announcement on June 26, 2023.