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Jamaica’s State Minister Julian Robinson speaks at World Bank/infoDev Mobile Camp on April 12th

Thirty regional mobile developers participate in Digital Jam follow-up bootcamp

Kingston, April 11, 2014 - Thirty mobile app developers from across the Caribbean will benefit from the next level of training and coaching at a 3-day bootcamp this weekend. The intensive ‘mini course’, organized by the World Bank’s infoDev and hosted by the University of West Indies (UWI), is a followup from the highly successful Digital Jam 3.0 held early March in Kingston. The Honorable Julian J. Robinson, Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, will address the region’s talented young digital entrepreneurs on Saturday, April 12th.

The training event will focus on best practices covering topics such as investment-readiness and access to global markets. It will be attended,  both in person and virtually, by the more advanced-stage mobile app developers selected from Digital Jam 3.0 competitors, including participants from Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica and Guyana, and Trinidad & Tobago. After the physical event, the Mobile Camp will continue virtually.

The bootcamps are part of Caribbean Mobile Innovation Program which will be officially launched by infoDev and partner organizations in June. It aims to strengthen the Caribbean innovation ecosystem to enable competitive mobile enterprises to grow, ultimately creating the necessary critical mass for significant improvements in investment and employment.

The mobile innovation activities fall under infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), a 7-year program supported by the Government of Canada.

In March, the World Bank / infoDev-supported Digital Jam 3.0, brought together teams of young mobile entrepreneurs from all the CARICOM territories in an effort to accelerate the number of opportunities for youth to create, manage and market mobile apps in a competitive design, training and pitching exercise.

infoDev is a global innovation and entrepreneurship program in the World Bank Group.

For more information, please contact:

World Bank Jamaica Office

Gerrard McDaniel, Communications Specialist

Tel: +1 876 960 0459  |  Email: gmcdaniel@worldbank.org

www.infodev.org/EPIC   |  www.worldbank.org/LAC

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