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 Jamaica to Host Regional Hack-a-thon 

Jamaican Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, said that the Hack-a-thon scheduled for May 23rd & 24th will focus on the areas of energy conservation, tourism and agriculture.

Core objectives of the weekend's coding activities, are to explore how technology can be used to address regional challenges in energy, agriculture and tourism. The code-sprint is being supported through the Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) through its Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP),

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 Is the Promise of the CHIP a $9 Computer a Game-Changer?

The latest sensation on the crowd-funding platform KickStarter is a project called CHIP.  CHIP is touted as the $9 computer, is small as a credit card, and is complete with a fast Processor, memory, storage and wireless connectivity.  The units also come with a programming environment suitable for children.

With more than 20 fundraising days to go, the project has generated so much interest that it's exceeded the $50,000 target, 26 times over, generating almost $1.3M in pledges. The question is could this project be a game changer for cash strapped Small Island Developing States, trying to maintain school laptop distribution programmes? 

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 Government of St. Lucia to Bolster Cyber-Security 

The St Lucia government says it is moving to strengthen cyber-security in light of the recent attack on the official web site of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines government. "This appears to be part of a trend of increasing reports of cyber attacks of various kinds regionally and internationally," according to a government statement.

The statement said "as the Government of St. Lucia seeks to continually enhance its online presence and make more of its services accessible online to citizens and other users, it is ever mindful of the increasing importance of cyber security."

"The recent cyber attack in our sister OECS country highlights the need for everyone, at the Government, private sector, civil society and individual levels to be cognizant of the importance of cyber security," the statement noted.

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Barbados Leads Caribbean in Effective use of ICT

The World Economic Forum, released the, Network Readiness Index for 2015, and it made for some surprising reading. Of the 143 countries in the Index, Barbados ranked 39th, behind Chile but ahead of Kazakhstan.

The index is seen as a measure of how effectively the country has used technology to deliver economic and social impact. Barbados was joined by Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana and the Dominican Republic in the top 100 countries, with Haiti ranked 137th. Sadly, the OECS wasn't represented in the index.

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Developing the Caribbean Code Sprint Winners Awarded

Developing the Caribbean (DevCa) 2015 Code Sprint Competition winners  Akua Walters and Nicholas Williams received their trophy from the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Robert Ready, at the University of the West Indies, Mona School of Business and Management campus, on April 23rd, 2015.

The pair snagged first place for their app which was designed to help entrepreneurs "find what they need -- like office space, workshops, venture capitalists, business incubators," Walters explained.

The conference was hosted by DevCa and Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP) -- a part of the US$20-million Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) funded by the Government of Canada and executed by InfoDev/World Bank.

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International Girls in ICT Day 

The fourth Thursday in April, is celebrated as International Girls in ICT Day, where teenaged girls and college students are invited to gain greater exposure and awareness to the world of Technology, by visiting Tech' companies and technology driven institutions.

In an earlier edition of the Caribbean Tech Roundup we spoke about the ICT Exhibition in Trinidad and Tobago sponsored by CANTO's and the Soroptomist International of Port of Spain.

If you know of any other events that took place send them through to me on social media.

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Incidence of Cyber-Crime are up by 66% over the Last 5 Years

Speaking at a cyber-security awareness seminar in the Bahamas, Dr. Raymond Wells Deputy  Director of  Information  Technology  (IT)  for  the  National  Insurance  Board (NIB), was keen to point out that the  human  element  remains  the  “weakest  link”  in  cyber-security.  He stated that local  businesses need a more comprehensive and proactive set of security  awareness  programmes if the threats from cyber-crime are to be reduced.

He continued, “this is your weakest link in your organization, the human element. Social engineers know this and take advantage  of it and IT professionals know it and remove the things users do to put the network at risk. Users go everywhere.  Management knows it but I ask, why aren’t you budgeting for and mandating more security awareness training for  the users of the company system? ” 

“This is an everyday thing and every day new threats emerge so we need to stay abreast of emerging threats,” Wells  said.

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CANTO Supports Girls in ICT Day

On the 23rd of April, CANTO (Caribbean Association of National  Telecommunication Organization ) in collaboration with Soroptimist International of  Port of Spain (SIPoS) will facilitate a one day Girls in ICT Forum which will  include a mobile application competition and exhibition. CANTO and SIPOS will  host 175 students from the Bishop’s Centenary College based in Woodbrook,   Trinidad & Tobago. 

The programme will feature interactive speeches from successful  women in ICT and women in the community who are using ICT to develop and promote  their businesses. The mobile application competition, will offer students the  opportunity to design an innovative mobile application which would benefit women  and girls in ICTs. The exhibition will showcase ICT stakeholders and the latest  products and technologies.

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Digicel Joins St. Lucia IXP

Digicel signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to become the  newest member of the Saint Lucia Internet Exchange (SLiX). Digicel joins its  competitors FLOW and LIME, founding members of SLiX, in an initiative designed  to improve the reliability of the Internet in St Lucia. 

The three ISPs met last March at the Ministry of Public Service, Information and  Broadcasting to discuss the possibility of Digicel joining the local Internet  exchange. That meeting ended with a unanimous vote, clearing the way for Saint  Lucia to become the first Caribbean territory where Digicel is participating in  a local IXP. With the three telecommunications companies peering at SLiX, their  networks will interconnect directly, rather than through a third party in a  foreign territory. 

That translates to faster connectivity for customers, and lower operating costs  to the Internet service providers, explained Christopher Roberts, Project  Coordinator for the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme  (CARCIP) in Saint Lucia. 

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An IT Professional for more than 20 years and an entrepreneur for more than a decade, Russell Williams has extensive experience as a Consultant, IT Trainer and facilitator and is happy to answer your questions. E-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @RwilliamsKN, G+ google.com/+RussellWilliamsKN and on facebook.com/RussellWilliamsKN

 

Dominican 12 Yr Old takes on WhatsApp et al

The popularity of FaceBook Messenger and ubiquity of WhatsApp has not deterred Jaheim Pierre, a twelve year-old Dominican from developing his own messaging application. Flanked by his manager Terrick Victor, also 12, Pierre, from Mero, recently launched Indago Chat on the 1Mobile Market.

In an interview with Dominica News Online, he said that he was motivated to create the app, after what he saw as weaknesses in WhatsApp. He explained, that WhatsApp doesn't allow users to log out, and that other users only need to have your cell number to begin communicating with you.

Jaheim, who has already developed other applications, said that Indago Chat supports several languages as well as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. But he said he's open to selling the app, stating, “I have school to go to, I have to maintain my schooling.” 

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OAS Flags Concern over Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas

The Organisation of American States (OAS), together with security firm, Trend Micro presented a report entitled “Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure in the Americas”. The report is a compilation of views on Cyber Security from Government Officials and security professional in key sectors. 

Key findings from the report, included the need for all countries to act to protect, critical infrastructure – energy supply, water treatment and distribution. Additionally, improving collaboration and information sharing between all stakeholders in order to ensure a secure environment for the nation's citizenry.

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Bajans Urged to Tap Online Potential

More Barbadian goods and services need to be available online, was the message given by Minister of Commerce, Donville Inniss. He said that while most bills can be paid online, Barbados needs to go a step further where local goods and services and commercial activity in general, are available for purchase via the worldwide web.

Addressing the media following an e-commerce and cyber security seminar hosted by his ministry, at the Bagnall Point Gallery, the minister elaborated, “There will always be security issues, there will also be financing and cost issues, but I think once we put our heads together we can do it,”

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An IT Professional for more than 20 years and an entrepreneur for more than a decade, Russell Williams is the founder of The IT Facility, and has extensive experience as a Consultant, IT Trainer and facilitator and is happy to answer your questions. E-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @RwilliamsKN, G+ google.com/+RussellWilliamsKN and on facebook.com/RussellWilliamsKN

 

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