Caribbean students and techies descended on the headquarters of the University of the West Indies at Mona for Digital Jam 3.0 ‘Get Up, Start Up,’ on March 1-2. The juried Mobile Apps competition was the culmination of months of preparation by more than 50 teams of young programmers competing for an assortment of prizes, including a top prize of USD10,000.
The explosion of creative activity in smartphone and tablet applications continues to spread across the Caribbean, as budding technology entrepreneurs upgrade their skills and get ready for the world of business. With less than two weeks to go before the start of Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean Edition," mobile app competitors and their mentors are working feverishly to fine-tune and finish their entries on time for the March 1-2 event at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, Jamaica.
The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC)—a hub designed to help clean technology ventures transform the region to a low-carbon economy and create green jobs—launched yesterday in Freeport, Trinidad & Tobago.
On December 4, infoDev announced the establishment of a new Climate Innovation Center in the Caribbean to support the development of locally appropriate solutions to climate change. The new business hub for climate technology will start its activity with a Proof of Concept (PoC) grant competition designed to encourage individuals and enterprises to develop their innovative ideas and sustainable business models.
infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) conducted its first high-level forum for policymakers and other innovation ecosystem stakeholders in the Caribbean last week. Twenty-seven participants from 11 Caribbean countries took part in the three-day forum, which was designed to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process.
Forty-five innovative and growth-oriented women entrepreneurs from 12 islands attended infoDev’s first Grow your Business (GyB) workshops in the Caribbean. Held in Barbados and Jamaica over the past week, the workshops were designed to encourage creativity and innovation, and strengthen entrepreneur networks.