Local tech competition sparks innovative and creative tech ideas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on November 26, 2020
Last Tuesday, three teams emerged as winners of the icode784 Competition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This tech competition is an initiative of the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC).
There were three categories in the competition this year. The Secondary category opened to secondary school students had two subcategories: one for mobile application submissions and another for innovative ideas. The third was the Open category, which allowed teams with members under age 35 and under to submit a mobile application concept and prototype.
“The competition aimed to encourage innovation and creativity among Vincentians and spark ideas that could have a significant impact on the country and the world at large.” In the competition’s online announcement, the NTRC expressed this hopeful objective.
“The icode784 Competition is intended to give participants the chance to change the world using their imagination and creativity and to showcase our young people’s inclination towards innovation. Innovation powers entrepreneurship. We want to provide the foundation for innovation by giving participants a forum to create great inspiring ideas that could revolutionize the Vincentian Society,” the competition website page states.
“We hope to encourage participants from various secondary, technical and tertiary level institutes in addition to the public from across the island to put forward ideas and mobile applications for both the public and private sectors of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to facilitate the implementation of new systems or improve existing systems within those sectors.”
A panel of judges evaluated over 50 project ideas in a preliminary judging event in October. Participating teams submitted different creative and innovative ideas. The submissions ranged from an app that helps you choose a career and an app that acts as a marketplace for farmers and consumers to an app that provides courier services.
After teams presented in both the preliminary judging event and the grand finale, judges often expressed that the presentations and ideas were “great” or “excellent.”
In general, the judges also expressed how impressed they had been with the teams’ ideas. They commended the mentors, teachers, and parents who would have helped and guided the competitors with their project ideas.
They hope that some of the projects will be implemented in the future.
“I really hope at least one of these projects do become a reality,” remarked Kenrick Quashie, CEO of Squeeze Cash Ltd, who was on the panel of judges at the grand finale.
Mr. Quashie also encouraged the teams to think “beyond St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
“I was well impressed. Some of these ideas I would love to not only see them here being presented to us,” expressed Terry Clarke, who was also on the panel of judges.
During the grand finale, cash prizes were awarded to participants and mentors. There were first, second, and third place prizes for each of the three categories. In addition to cash prizes, some participants also received items such as cellphones and beverages.
Team Astra from the St. Vincent Grammar School won the Secondary Idea category with their idea called “Freight.io”, an online courier services provider.
The mobile app idea call “E-PHARRMACY” created by SciGirls from the St. Joseph Convent Kingstown won the Secondary Mobile App category. This category’s first-place prize includes a trip for two students and their mentor to attend a 4YFN (4 Years From Now) event hosted by the GSM Association in 2021. 4YFN is touted as the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and aims to support and connect startups, investors, and companies.
“Charismatechs” won the Open category with their submission on an app that helps individuals choose a career. To learn more about these projects and other submissions, watch the full event here: https://youtu.be/S0uZdnMgv7I