CFBC Students meet App Developer and Author 

First and second year students of Clarence Fitzroy Bryant's Technical Division, in St. Kitts met with Sharon L. Simmons, developer of the iGotem App and author of the book Get the App Outta Your Head.  Simmons, who is a national of the Federation was in St. Kitts to promote both her app and book, took time to engage the IT students in an interactive presentation of  journey and receive encouragement in their efforts to become developers.

Simmons admonished the students to be creative and look for problems to solve, “there are dozens of apps that have yet to be written, and some which may address national or regional problems.” She said once you think you're onto something “check both the Android and Apple app-stores, and see if there's in an app for it. But don't be put off if there is, download and analyse it. Then see where it's weak and innovate!” A short pop-quiz was held with some students receiving copies of her book. 

Tuesday 19th Was CARCIP Awareness Day in Grenada

The Grenada Trade Centre Annex, was the venue chosen by the Ministry of Communications, Works, Public Utilities, ICT and Community Development to launch CARCIP Awareness Day. The Grenadan government, through CARCIP, has promoted collaboration between industry experts, the private sector and government to generate new opportunities for technology-enabled businesses. The CARCIP Awareness Day unveiled various opportunities available under the program.

“Innovative firms and individuals drive new products, processes and services that create growth and employment. Innovation boosts productivity, which is the key to faster economic growth and rising living standards,” said Alice Bain, who coordinates the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) in Grenada.

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Trinidad and Tobago is Open Data Ready

The World Bank Group has confirmed that T&T is open data ready with strong high-level commitment to open government. The National Open Data Readiness Assessment (ODRA), a collaborative venture between the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance and the Economy, together with the World Bank Group (WBG), was conducted with government ministries and agencies, civil society and the private sector over a period of months earlier this year.

The qualitative input from these stakeholders assisted with the preparation of the Draft National Open Data Readiness Assessment Report, which contains the World bank Group’s findings and recommendations for development and implementation of a National Open Data Strategy in T&T.

Being open data ready and participating in an open data initiative assists the country in its goal to develop an open, accountable and transparent public sector and delivery of public services to its citizens.

It augurs well for the National Broadband Plan for Development which aims to ensure that citizens across T&T have access to high speed broadband connectivity, an important driver of economic growth and development and facilitates job creation.

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