With a number of Eastern Caribbean Currency Union member states facing high youth unemployment and stubbornly low economic growth numbers, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank is leading a multi-stakeholder group from across the sub-region to host the OECS Business Think Tank and Hackathon in August.

Speaking about the event, Ms. Sybil Welsh Adviser at the ECCB said, “We didn't want to just hold a regular Hackathon or Code Sprint, just to say we were holding an event. We believe that such an event should seek to solve some of the challenges faced by the business community.” Ms. Welsh stated that a survey was sent to businesses and public sector organisations, to identify needs and challenges which would then be put to the development teams to solve.

Students, IT Professionals and creative thinkers from across the region will contribute to finding solutions to the challenges identified,  and make presentations via video conference.

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CARCIP St. Lucia Holds ICT Fair and Week of Activities

Caribbean Regional Communication Infrastructure Project , CARCIP in St. Lucia will be holding a week long ICT Fair and ICT Based Activities in August. During the week long fair which starts Aug. 10th to 15th attendees will   be exposed to workshops and seminars in Cloud Computing, Gaming & Animation and Mobile Application Development. The  activities culminate with St. Lucian's participating in the OECS Business Think Tank and Hackathon

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Nominations are Now Open for the GEM-TECH Awards 2015

Last year the International Telecommunications Union – ITU and United Nations Women established, the Gender Equality Mainstream in Technology Awards, where the achievements of many amazing women in technology were recognised. 

GEM-TECH winners from around the world, as well as some outstanding Global Achievers have really been making a difference to gender balance in the technology sector. The ITU is delighted to support our GEM-TECH partner, UN Women, in the 2015, and encourage all those committed to using ICTs to empower women to submit their entry to the awards competition,” said Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of ITU.

“If we want to end gender inequality by 2030, we need to use all the tools at our disposal, aim for bold and transformative changes and ensure that women are leaders in critical 21st century sectors. ICTs hold incredible promise and influence.” said Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Nominations of civil society, government, international organizations and private sector stakeholders can be made until 31st July. The 2015 GEM-TECH Awards ceremony will take place in New York in December. For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please see: 

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