TECH ROUND UP

Barbados Leads Caribbean in Effective use of ICT

The World Economic Forum, released the, Network Readiness Index for 2015, and it made for some surprising reading. Of the 143 countries in the Index, Barbados ranked 39th, behind Chile but ahead of Kazakhstan.

The index is seen as a measure of how effectively the country has used technology to deliver economic and social impact. Barbados was joined by Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana and the Dominican Republic in the top 100 countries, with Haiti ranked 137th. Sadly, the OECS wasn't represented in the index.

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Developing the Caribbean Code Sprint Winners Awarded

Developing the Caribbean (DevCa) 2015 Code Sprint Competition winners  Akua Walters and Nicholas Williams received their trophy from the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Robert Ready, at the University of the West Indies, Mona School of Business and Management campus, on April 23rd, 2015.

The pair snagged first place for their app which was designed to help entrepreneurs "find what they need -- like office space, workshops, venture capitalists, business incubators," Walters explained.

The conference was hosted by DevCa and Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP) -- a part of the US$20-million Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) funded by the Government of Canada and executed by InfoDev/World Bank.

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International Girls in ICT Day 

The fourth Thursday in April, is celebrated as International Girls in ICT Day, where teenaged girls and college students are invited to gain greater exposure and awareness to the world of Technology, by visiting Tech' companies and technology driven institutions.

In an earlier edition of the Caribbean Tech Roundup we spoke about the ICT Exhibition in Trinidad and Tobago sponsored by CANTO's and the Soroptomist International of Port of Spain.

If you know of any other events that took place send them through to me on social media.

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An IT Professional for more than 20 years and an entrepreneur for more than a decade, Russell Williams is the founder of The IT Facility, and has extensive experience as a Consultant, IT Trainer and facilitator and is happy to answer your questions. E-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @RwilliamsKN, G+ google.com/+RussellWilliamsKN and on facebook.com/RussellWilliamsKN

 

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