The Definitive Guide to the Developing the Caribbean Open Data Conference 2012

Here’s a definitive guide to the Developing Caribbean Open Data Conference which runs from Thursday January 26th-27th, across three countries – Jamaica, Trinidad and Dominican Republic.

What is Developing Caribbean?

The Caribbean Open Data Conference is the first regional Conference and Software Developer Competition of its kind, focused on Open Data and Social development. It combines the thrill and competition a code sprint, with the social objectives on government, NGOs and Civil Society.

Themed as “Developing The Caribbean”, it is more than just an event. It is a process of engagement that seeks to demonstrate the power of “Openness”, specifically Open Data, Open Innovation and Open Source as a catalyst for innovation, collaboration and ultimately value-creation for Caribbean individuals, organizations and societies at large.


Who is it for?

It brings together:

  • Governments and Institutions in the Caribbean that embrace Open Data as an essential component of their information dissemination strategies and a way to work towards development goals.
  • Members of Civil Society that are able to identify Caribbean priorities and challenges that demand evidence-based information for decision-making and problem-solving
  • The Community of Developers that will make use of available data to create new services and provide new ways for communicating valuable information and positively impacting and empowering different communities to achieve developmental goals.


Where will it be?

Jamaica,  Trinidad, Dominican Republic


Who’s behind organising all of this?





What’s on the Agenda?

  Jamaica: The  2012  Slashroots Developer Conference is scheduled to be held on January 26-27, 2012 at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona.   The event is hosted by the Mona School of Business and will  focus on the social problems within the thematic areas of Agriculture & Fisheries, Regional Trade and Tourism, and how technology can be used to mitigate these problems.

Details of the Jamaica Agenda event here


  Trinidad: The Caribbean Open Data Conference and Code Sprint will be hosted by the Caribbean ICT Research Programme (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Faculty of Engineering, UWI, on January 26 – 27 2012.

 “Open data” refers to non-personal data that is made freely available to the public for re-use without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other “open” movements such as open source, open governance, and open access.  It is the foundation of open government which, over recent years, has built considerable momentum around the world. Open data is also a key catalyst and enabler of development-focused ICT software applications and services.

Details of the Trinidad event here


  Dominican Republic: Un innovador y doble evento de OpenData por la primera vez en Caribe y en República Dominicana
26 y 27 de Enero 2012. El Seminario:  “La Importancia de los Datos Abiertos para El Desarrollo Nacional”
El Code Sprint | Concurso:  Desarrollo de aplicaciones y visualizaciones con Datos Abiertos Dominicanos

Details of the Dominican Republic event here



Who’s speaking?


The Most Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga, O.N. P.C., LL.D. D.Litt. (Hon.), former Prime Minister (1980-89)

Mr. Hugo Daley is cofounder and CEO of Transcel Limited

Khary Sharpe is a Software Architect, Software Developer and Entrepreneur

Roger Davis is a User Experience Design Consultant and a human-centered design advocate

More speakers here



Bevil Wooding is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Congress WBN, and an Internet Strategist with Packet Clearing House.

Dr. Kim Mallalieu is the leader of the Communication Systems Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the West Indies.

Tariq Khokhar is the World Bank’s Open Data Evangelist

More Speakers here


  Dominican Republic

Anca Matioc Presentation – Regional Coordinator of the event “Developing Latin America” ​​Smart Citizen Foundation

Dr Fernando Perrini, International Center for Development Research (IDRC) of Canada

More Speakers here



What’s the Code Sprint about?


In case you aren’t familiar with the concept, a code sprint is a period of consecutive software development, usually geared towards some task or on occasion of a competition. They are popular events held around the world in open source communities, software companies, and even for causes! They are a great way to build community, raise awareness about a brand or objective, and accomplish a goal.

There have been a number of tech events around software development held in the Caribbean over the years. One of the largest in recent times, was at SlashRoots/DEV Conference in February 2012, which was organised around Jamaica’s first Caribbean Open Data initiative. That event was hosted by the Mona School of Business, UWI and the SlashRoots Developer Community. It attracted developers and tech enthusiasts from across Caribbean. You can learn more about it here, and even see the winning app from last year, Yamzilla, built by Paul Allen(@xyoni) and Jermaine Byfield(@wabamonsta).

Vote for the ideas you want to see developed here  | Details on Process and Prizes here



Junar at Developing the Caribbean
Open Data and GIS in Trinidad & Tobago



Media Coverage so far
From problems to apps: ideas for industry development

Fostering innovation through app development
SlashRoots is Developing the Caribbean:… across 3 Countries…with 1 Amazing Conference


Who’s Progressive Enough to Sponsor this?




Follow @SiliconCaribe We’ll be live tweeting on both days of the conference in Jamaica


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