Young Caribbean techies pitching to Silicon Valley experts
Monday, February 24 2014 @ 12:00 PM AST
Contributed by: michaelariston
This weekend, global leaders in the IT industry will be gathering in Kingston to meet young Caribbean tech entrepreneurs and discuss employment and business opportunities, a release from the World Bank office in Jamaica said today. More than 50 teams from Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Antigua, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts, will also pitch new mobile apps created for this competition and will compete for a US$10,000 grand prize and other prizes provided by Caribbean and international companies including JNBS, the Development Bank of Jamaica LIME, Microsoft, and Google.
The “Get up, Start-up” conference of Digital Jam 3.0 - Caribbean Edition, a regional initiative to foster youth employment and position Jamaica and the region as the next global technology hub - takes place on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday March 2, 2014, at UWI's Mona campus, the release said.
Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean Edition," which builds on the success of last year’s Digital Jam 2.0, includes a four-tiered computer App competition, a series of hands-on community-based training sessions and workshops to link Caribbean youth with digital work opportunities around the globe.
The coalition behind this initiative includes the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group, the Government of Canada and key partners such as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Development Bank of Jamaica, the OECS Secretariat, Microsoft, LIME, Google, the Jamaica Gleaner, JAMPRO, InfoDev and other leading corporate entities.