Ja can be Caribbean’s Silicon Valley – scholar
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).
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.