Ja can be Caribbean’s Sil­i­con Val­ley – scholar

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL SOMETHING EXTRA - Paul Clarke Gleaner Writer

JA­MAICA HAS the po­ten­tial to be the Sil­i­con Val­ley of the Caribbean, with a tech-savvy gen­er­a­tion at its core to drive eco­nomic and in­dus­trial devel­op­ment, noted Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (UTech) stu­dent, Orande Har­ris.

“My hope is for Ja­maica to de­velop into a real se­ri­ous type of Sil­i­con Val­ley of sorts. We could be dubbed the Sil­i­con Is­land. So by go­ing to China and ob­serv­ing all they have to of­fer, I am hop­ing that I can un­der­stand what it takes to make the ICT (in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy) in­dus­try in Ja­maica a very pro­duc­tive one to im­prove the lives of the peo­ple,” Har­ris said.

He is among a group of six Ja­maican univer­sity stu­dents short­listed for the Huawei’s Seeds for the Fu­ture Pro­gramme. In­cluded with Har­ris are Amaila Loney and Yanika Miller from UTech, while An­thony Bryan, Camille Beck­ford and Loya Haughton were se­lected from the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI).

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From left, seated: Na­dine Simms, se­nior ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer; Pro­fes­sor Ishenkumba Kawha, deputy prin­ci­pal, Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; Lo­gan Shi, Huawei’s coun­try man­ager – Ja­maica; and Dr Claire Suther­land, se­nior di­rec­tor, In­ter­na­tional and In­sti­tu­tional Link­ages, the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (UTech). Stand­ing: Seeds of the Fu­ture re­cip­i­ents An­thony Bryan, Camille Beck­ford and Loya Haughton from UWI; Amaila Loney, Yanika Miller and Orande Har­ris from UTech at the Huawei sign­ing of the Seeds for the Fu­ture Agree­ment with UWI and UTech at The Courtleigh Ho­tel, New Kingston, last Thurs­day.

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