Twenty Five Caribbean Companies Vie For Pitch-It Challenge
The PitchIT Caribbean Challenge, is a Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship competition and produced by the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP). The PitchIT Caribbean Challenge takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica 3rd to 5th June, 2016. It was announced that 25 Caribbean Startup teams will be vying for US$5000 in seed funding and a spot in one of four PitchIT Caribbean Accelerators.
Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago both have 9 Startups participating, 3 Bajan Startups are represented and the remaining Caribbean startups come from Guyana, Dominica, St Kitts and St Lucia. The startups bring to the competition ideas ranging from Mobile Heath/mHealth, Machine Learning, Online Market Places to eLearning, Mobile Money and Mobile Gaming Apps.
Mobile Penetration In Dominica Drops By 34 Percent
Director of Telecommunications, Bennet Thomas, has announced a drop in mobile penetration rate in Dominica from 143 percent in 2013 to 107 percent in 2015.
According to him, many Dominicans have benefited from quality jobs in the ICT sector, stating “The country has seen a mobile penetration rate of a 143 percent in 2013 and by the way, we have gotten a drop to 107 percent in 2015, however fixed broadband penetration in the same period has increased from 14.7 percent to 20.9 percent,” he said.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark Digicel's 10th Anniversary in Dominica, he challenged Digicel, together with other players in the telecoms sector, to work collaboratively with the government through the recent initiative of establishing a broadband strategy for the country, “to significantly seek to increase the broadband penetration to at least 95 percent by January 2017.”
“It sounds like a very aggressive agenda but it can be done because if you know Dominica well we have actually three players on the ground, all of them seem to have a fibre network around the country, so when we say a 95 percent broadband penetration rate that is possible by 2017,” Thomas stated.
He further stated that it will not be far fetched should the government anticipate even greater benefits to consumers, “whether in reduction in per minute charges, termination of roaming rates both locally and regionally and continued investment in national developmental activities and projects.”
Cyber Crimes Up In Jamaica As Social Media Popularity Increases, Say Police
Head of the Cybercrimes Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Inspector Warren Williams is warning Jamaicans to be mindful of the information they post as it can be manipulated by criminal elements online.
Williams says cyber-defamation, where individuals use social media to post false and demeaning information about others is on the rise in Jamaica. Williams says relationships are a breeding ground for these crimes and females are the usual victims.
He says it is difficult for the police to arrest those who commit cyber defamation because the offense isn't a criminal one. Meanwhile, Williams says Jamaica has also seen an increase in cyber extortion, where individuals are forced to pay for the removal of photographs which were illegally uploaded to pornographic websites.
Williams also named revenge porn as another major cyber related crime which has been on rise. Inspector Williams says since January his office has received about 15 reports of cyber-related crimes.
However, he says he believes that these crimes are under reported.
Stem Carib 2016 Conference Open For Registration
Practitioners in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are being invited to attend STEM Carib in The Cayman Isles.
STEM Carib provides a unique opportunity for members of local, regional and international academic communities and industry experts to collaborate, network and expand their horizons for professional growth. Filled with a plethora of presentations from education and industry leaders, the conference will help attendees explore new and exciting content and techniques in STEM education, discover current trends in the field, and spark interest among the youth.
The event will table place in October and interested persons should see the link in the show notes.