Saint Lucia is one of six countries in the region to host the DevCa 2019 Hackathon event slated for May 30 and 31, at the National ICT Office from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Developing the Caribbean (DevCa) is the region’s leading event for exploring how “digital” and “data” impacts national development. DevCa brings together a diverse community of innovators spanning the public sector, NGOs, technologists, researchers and notable international partners across multiple countries.
DevCa 2019 includes a conference in Jamaica and hackathons in six locations throughout the region. The hackathons are software development contests providing unique opportunities in the field of ICT for aspiring and professional developers to network while using tech innovation to solve some of the region’s biggest challenges.
This year DevCa, will be held under the theme, ‘Smart Communities, Smart(er) People’, a rallying cry to create digital and data-centered solutions for Caribbean realities. Additionally, the theme emphasizes the critical importance of engaged and empowered citizens and the role that broad-based digital literacy can play in ensuring that they are more aware, can participate in, and contribute to their own development and well- being in the emergent digital economy.
As a new participant in the DevCa Hackathon, Saint Lucia is partnering with the Caribbean Open Institute through the local collaborative effort of Saint Lucia Open Data, The Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, the Division of Public Sector Modernisation, CARCIP and the Saint Lucia ICT Association to ensure a successful hosting.
Interested persons can register at https://devcasaintlucia.eventbrite.com. There, participants can create a group page and start creating a team for the event. Registrants below the age of 18 will be required to present signed parental consent. All ages of developers are invited to form teams to participate as this is an opportunity to learn, grow and display ingenuity. There are Attractive prizes to be won. Spaces are limited and the deadline for Registration is May 27, 2019.
Source: Government of St. Lucia