That was the message delivered last week by Digital Practice Lead for consultancy firm Deloitte, at the Digital Disruption And Transformation conference held by Deloitte Barbados at the Hilton Barbados. Gordon Sandford, Lead Partner Deloitte Digital Practices, Deloitte Canada, informed attendees that they had no choice but to prepare themselves to defend against the challenges presented by digital developments, but they must also be poised to exploit the benefits.
Sandford told business leaders “The reality is, it is a new era. We need to recognise this is not a singular trend, this is not something that’s coming and will pass, this is a new era of working that’s very very different for us and we need to think about what that means.” Sanford went further, “It’s about not being afraid to try things, not being afraid to experiment and being out there and I think this is what digital can offer for many of us. It gives you an opportunity to explore and bring new ideas and new capabilities
Jamaican Gov't Sourcing Funding for Tech Start-Ups
The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining is in talks with several potential investors to provide funding and business development support for young technology innovators and entrepreneurs benefitting under the Start-Up Jamaica programme. State Minister, Hon. Julian Robinson, said the Government is looking to partner with these investors in order to provide the budding entrepreneurs with a “broad range of choices” which they can approach for support.
While noting that the provision of financing is key, Mr. Robinson said, “more importantly, we want to build their (entrepreneurs) capabilities, so that people, who have gained international exposure, can come back here and share those ideas.”
A lot of what these fledgling entrepreneurs need is not just money…but mentorship and guidance and in particular, international exposure,” he noted. In that regard, Mr. Robinson said the partnership being pursued with Devlabs will be a “good fit.”
“If they have an interest in a company, they would invite them over to their facilities in California, they would spend some time there, and on their return, continue to work and build their products,” he explained.
Trinidad Launches Smartphone Film Festival
According to new figures from American market research company eMarketer, the number of smartphone users in the world will surpass two billion in 2016. Technological advances have therefore placed video cameras in the hands of men and women, who at times have captured stories that are shared by millions through social media. This wave has birthed a new crop of potential film makers.
It's against that backdrop that T&T Film Company (FilmTT), has launched the second annual Smartphone Film Festival. A release from FilmTT said the organisation seeks to develop this intrinsic capacity within the country, and has partnered with KnowledgeTT to engage and educate all interested participants on internationally standardised filmmaking techniques with free access to their online resources. Members of the public are invited to submit five-minute short films, some of which would be submitted to similar competitions in Canada and Japan.