Engineering Institute hosts Internet Governance forum at UWI St Augustine

imagesEVENTS - Regional technology experts will share their insights on global Internet Governance issues, from a Caribbean perspective, at an upcoming forum hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI). Internet governance deals with the development of shared principles, policies and programmes that shape the use and evolution of the Internet.


“In the global, multi-stakeholder Internet Governance model, the Internet is seen as a borderless resource belonging to no single entity. Instead, it is managed by a global community of governments, corporations, technologists, academics, civil society and individual end users,” said Patrick Hosein, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Technology at UWI, St Augustine.

ICANN Roadshow comes to Trinidad and Tobago

Albert Daniels, ICANN Caribbean-area Manager, Global Stakeholder Engagement
EVENTS - Local and regional technology experts will gather in Port of Spain, Trinidad later this month to share their knowledge with participants in a roadshow organised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

The roadshow will be the first such ICANN event in the Caribbean and it is expected to attract a wide cross-section of participants ranging from academia and technical communities, to corporations, government representatives, civil society and end users.

“We are extremely proud to break new ground in bringing the LAC-i-Roadshow to Trinidad and Tobago,” said Albert Daniels, Caribbean-area manager for ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement team.

Doing Good is Good Business-The Business Case for Caribbean Corporate Social Responsibility and the Tech Industry (Part 1)

JamaicaStartupBootcamp1OPINION- Technology can turn a cause into a movement, faster than ever before. Yet, in an Internet-enabled world of social networks, mobile payments, virtual learning and crowdsourcing, most firms’ approach to social giving remains stuck in the corporate dark-ages. So how do companies go about unlocking the true potential of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives? Changing leadership thinking, not technology, holds the key.

Companies around the world are waking up to the fact that throwing dollars at social causes is not sufficient to bolster a brand. It is also not the most effective way to drive social change. That’s why progressive companies are fundamentally re-thinking their approach to charitable efforts. They are moving from handouts and grants to more strategic social investments. There is no good reason why responsible businesses in the Caribbean should do otherwise.

Caribbean World Rankings in Networked Readiness Index show Greater divide in use of ICT ?

caricomTECH NEWS- As the scope of technology continues to expand rapidly, so too does the digital divide between countries making effective use of tele­communications. According to a report published by the World Economic Forum entitled Global Information Technology: Living In A Hyper-Connected World, Barbados is ranked 39th out of 142 countries in its Networked Readiness Index. The only other Caribbean territories that feature among the Top 100 are Trinidad & Tobago (72), Jamaica (85) and Guyana (100).

Reacting to this development, LIME chief technical officer Glenn Thorpe, noted that “in the decade or so, Barbados, and for that matter Barbadians, have been successful in leveraging information and communication technologies”. “Collectively, we have demonstrated our competence in the use of technology in the enterprise of business,” he said.

Spain is ranked 38th and Oman 40th in the list that was topped by Sweden and Singapore. Among other countries in the Top 10, the United States ranks eighth and Britain tenth. The report compares the availability and use of technology in 142 countries and focuses on what the authors describe as “the transformational impacts of ICT on the economy and society”.


Exploring Trinidad & Tobago’s Digital Divide (Part 1)

trinidad-flagTECH NEWS – Data collection in the Caribbean has traditionally been a clunky exercise, heavily dependent on phone calls and focus groups – but ever since mSurvey (a mobile surveys company which started in Kenya) set up shop in Trinidad and Tobago, the region has started to experience data collection very differently.

Bahamian Lyford Cay International School set to launch STEM Initiative

bahamianflagTECH NEWS -When grade six Bahamian students are discussing how to get mobile devices into the hands of school age children across The Bahamas the impact of a school with a strong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum becomes apparent. An 11 year old student will be leading a discussion with attendees at the upcoming Nassau Educational Technology Conference (NET.2) at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) with the topic “Why One Device Per Child is Important and How to Make it Happen”. The student will be introducing affordable digital educational tools to the 400 educators in attendance as she shares her own personal experience as a “one-to-one student” at LCIS.

Children from St Vincent and the Grenadines to benefit from 12,500 free laptops

stvincentflagTECH NEWS – More than 12,500 children from the tiny Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines will be given brand new laptops in an effort to encourage the island’s economy.

The scheme sees Acer, Microsoft and Trend Micro come together to give all secondary school children in the country laptops, in a deal brokered by Dennis Publishing. The computers will come from Acer with Microsoft providing a range of software. All the laptops will also have security software from Trend Micro preinstalled. The programme will see more than 12,500 computers delivered in the next ten weeks.

OAS Digitalizes And Catalogues 2.5 Million Vital Statistics Records In Six Eastern Caribbean Countries

OaslogoTECH NEWS – The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA), has completed a project to assist the civil registries in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to digitalize vital statistical information.

US$28 Million for Technology and Innovation Project

internetsign copy TECH NEWS – Some $28 million has been earmarked in the country’s 2014/15 budget to fund activities aimed at improving the levels of innovation in the Caribbean.

The anticipated targets this fiscal year for the Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean Project involve selecting four high schools and four primary schools for intervention. The project is funded by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, and the Government of Jamaica.    more

Guyanese girls learn more about ICT


Students visiting the Digicel booth at the the International Girls in ICT Day, Tech Day Camp at the Lichas Hall, Linden, Region 10, Guyana

TECH NEWS - International Girls in ICT Day is an initiative backed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

On Wednesday, the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) held a Tech Day Camp at the Lichas Hall, Linden, Region 10, in observance of Girls in ICT Day, which is slated for April 24. The event aimed to empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in ICT.

Cubes In Space Global STEM-Design Competition Provides Opportunity to Bolster Caribbean Education

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 4.54.02 PM TECH NEWS - Scientists, from Aristotle and Einstein through to the great inventors of our generation have long extoled the value of curiosity to the process of discovery and innovation. Humans have an extraordinary capacity for continuous learning. The basic questions of “Why?” and “How?” are common in childhood. However, without incentive or opportunity, that natural curiosity can fade as we move into adulthood.

Creating and maintaining a healthy scientific curiosity about the world around us is the foundation of lifelong learning. It is also one of the drivers behind a new global initiative, called Cubes in SpaceTM, designed for students aged 11-14 years old to develop STEM-based experiments for launch into space.