Anyone tempted to label the over-50s as Luddites should have been at Portcullis House on October 23rd, 2008, when Bernard Featherstone of Eccles was awarded 2008 UK Silver Surfer of the Year Award.
Runners-up: Judith Taylor, 80 of St Albans; Les Nicholls, 88 of Liverpool; Simbo Ogunyemi, 66, from SE London and Stuart Hill, 59, from Middlesbrough, were applauded, too.
Men in suits gave speeches of praise from the podium. Most appropriately.
Then Digital Unite gave the awardees mini video-gadgets and the atmosphere changed from right honourable to right entertaining. MPs and Directors and CEOs were offered surfing lessons from their elders and put on the spot with amiably tricky questions.
It's all blogged, so the debate can continue with the kind of energy that this agenda deserves. It's the vital, crucial issue of how we digitally include 8-10million currently excluded over-50s (yes, that's about a sixth of the population who've never emailed, Skyped or blogged and aren't likely to, unless we all do something to help).
Whoever you are – and whichever audience you can reach – please come or send people to our new Silver Surfer of the Year Awards blog and do your bit for the cause of older people online.
We can't do without them – they're too interesting!
Blog address: http://digitalunite.com