Plans are afoot at least a month in advance for the second Information Communication and Technology Festival planned for July 2nd to 4th.
The ICT Unit introduced the 2013 ICT Fest to the public with a press launching at the Public Service Training Centre on Wednesday.
Organisers say this festival is meant to help develop local human resource through information, communication and technology.
Honourable Kelvar Darroux, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology in his remarks indicated, “ICT has been identified as the industry that will play a major role as a key enabler of renewed and sustainable growth for world economies as well as improved living conditions for families across the globe. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that ICT provides these same opportunities for us here in Dominica.”
He also hopes that the event will raise awareness among Dominicans and encourage new and innovative ways of applying ICT to daily living.
“ICT must play a pivotal and enabling role in our development strategy. We [hope to] raise the awareness of the innovative approaches and amazing prospects for the effective implementation and application of the information and telecommunication technology in the everyday lives of our people.”
Honourable Darroux said further that the festival is set to create an environment to help Dominicans keep pace with emerging global technology.
“My personal goal is to ensure that ICT Fest 2013 reveals some of the trends and trigger actions through the various stakeholders towards the improvement of ICT penetration and usage in Dominica. We cannot over-emphasize the fact that the development and infusion of ICT has become crucial in competing effectively in the global world,” he stated.
To engage patrons, organisers have planned six competitions during the festival: an Essay competition; a Computer Assembly Race; a ‘Know your ICT’ Contest; a ‘Let’s Programme’ competition and Web Search, and Graphic Design challenges.
Also planned for the three-day affair are two forty-five minute workshops for each day on subjects of E-learning, Cloud Computing and Music and Video Production among others.
Government’s ICT Fest, which takes the form of a fair with various booths and exhibitions, is this year taking on mammoth proportions with the support of corporate citizens including LIME and Marpin 2K4.
Contestants will battle to win prizes of laptops, handsets, free cable and internet service and tablets.
Edward Registe of the festival’s planning committee issued a call to locals to patronise the affair.
He listed the myriad of ways by which learners-both students and adults- can improve their ICT skills by participating in the festival.
He indicated that various companies dealing with computers, cell phones and other information technology gadgets will be present to impart knowledge on the use of these items to the public.
Wednesday’s media launch focused heavily on ICT and youth and the benefits which can be derived from their participation...which is why the winning logo for this year’s ICT fest was created by student of the Dominica State College, Jeanne Royer.
The festival, themed, ‘Empowering Citizens, Embracing the Future,’ will take place at the Windsor Park Stadium.
More information can be sourced from www.ictfest.gov.dm.