Winn FM Tech Round Up – Weekend of 5th February 2016
Free ICT training and certification for St. Lucia's Unemployed Youth
The Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP) has begun free training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the south of the country. The training is being undertaken in collaboration with the International American University (IAU) located in Vieux-Fort.
The IAU will offer regional and international certification in six (6) different ICT courses namely: Database Management, Multimedia Production, Information Communication Technology, Computer Maintenance and Repair, Systems Analysis and Design, and Internet Security.
Individuals must be unemployed and between the ages of 17 – 35 years old and must have a minimum of three CXCs or have at least one year of work experience in their course of interest.
The CARCIP ICT Skills Development Programme forms part of the government’s overall strategy to increase economic growth, through the enhancement of productivity and technical expertise within the local ICT sector. The programme is currently being implemented by the Ministry of Public Service, Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with the TVET Unit of the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour.
ECTEL Hosting ICT Consumer Protection & Education Workshop
After a nationwide broadband outage affecting FLOW customers in St. Kitts and Nevis, the hosting of an “ICT Consumer Protection and Education Workshop” by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), later this month might appear to be divine intervention.
The workshop will be held in Saint Lucia on 17th and 18th February with participation from Stakeholders in ECTEL Member states via video conference. There may also be an opportunity for individual stakeholders to participate via Webinar.
The workshop is described as “consumer-focused”, and to that end ECTEL are beginning with sessions targeted towards OECS ICT users’ and consumers’. The workshop is said to include information on the new draft of the Electronic Communications Bill, regulations (including consumer protection in the ICT sector) and the draft CARICOM consumer protection legislation. The new draft regulations are available for public comment on the Notices Section of ECTEL's website, or see the show notes for links, on the Tech News section of the WINN FM website.
It's Carnival Season, so now there's an App for That
The publication, Carnival Info has been using technology to make information related to Carnival easier to access. Now its founder Rudo Morrison, hopes that its mobile app would bring all Carnival happenings to the fingertips of users around the world.
Morrison is a computer engineering graduate from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and has consulted for various companies including Google and Travelocity. He was also the keynote speaker on behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) at the 2015 NY Times Travel Show held in New York.
“For close to 10 years, we have worked as technology consultants within the Caribbean diaspora. Carnival Info evolved from this to be the largest and most trusted source of carnival lifestyle content on the web; earning the loyalty of approximately 200,000 readers each month,” Morrison said.
According to Morrison, Carnival Info and its new mobile application have caught the eye of the writers at leading business magazine, Forbes, which will soon feature the business in a future edition.