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Senior Caribbean Government Officials Meet in Trinidad

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) convened the first Caribbean ICT Collaboration Forum, in Port-of-Spain, on Thursday.

Secretary General of the CTU, Bernadette Lewis said: “Countries have been working in silos in their pursuit of development, seeking assistance from funding agencies without reference to similar activities being undertaken in other countries. 

This uncoordinated approach results in fragmentation and wasteful duplication of effort, which does not adequately advance progress as evidenced in a 2013 IMF report which states that Caribbean small states are facing low growth, high debt, significant vulnerabilities, and limited resilience to shocks.”Many Caribbean countries registered significant declines in the International Telecommunication Union’s global ICT Development Index (IDI) rankings for the period 2010 to 2015, she said. 

Ms. Lewis continued, “These archaic approaches are ineffective and it is time for us to adopt new, collaborative methodologies that are appropriate for the 21st century. Given the dire economic prospects for the Caribbean, we have to work differently in order to secure our future.”

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Silicon Valley Executives Coming to UWI

TECH students of the Mona Computing Society (MCS) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) are getting ready to stage a coup by bringing executives of Silicon Valley and Google to the highly anticipated launch of their version of Google’s international ‘Summer of Code’ programme.

The Silicon Valley executives, who are mostly of Jamaican heritage, are collaborating with the student-led initiative to get computer science students up to an international level, the Mona Computing Society announced this week.

“These executives have held senior-level positions at companies such as Google, LinkedIn and various Silicon Valley start-ups. The goal is to improve Jamaican students’ competitive position in the international markets,” the release said.

The release from Mona Computing Society, continued by saying “The presence of Google and Jamaican Silicon Valley executives is an extraordinary opportunity for students to interact with individuals from leading global computing companies.”

“The initiative which opens doors to highly accomplished Jamaicans in Silicon Valley is affording students career opportunities and stipends for deepening their competence that until now have been completely absent in Jamaica,” it added.

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Black Tech Week Proclaimed In Miami-Dade County

February is Black History Month, and Black Tech Entrepreneurs in Miami, are building on the history made at last year's first Black Tech Week.

Black Tech Week, has as its mission to increase the number of startup founders, technology executives and engineers of colour.

The power couple behind Black Tech Week, Felecia Hatcher and Derek Pearson, is committed to getting Miami more engaged in technology and startups and was presented with proclamations from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami -Dade Mayor and other city dignitaries.

Black Tech Week 2016 touts an impressive list of global influencers in tech, startup and business who include, Priceline.com’s co-founder Jeff Hoffman, Snapchat engineer Justin Washington, Former Twitter engineering manager Leslie Miley and many others.

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