Innovators Urged to Develop Apps to Boost Gov’t Operations

Photo: Melroy Sterling State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, addresses the launch of Digital Media Week 2016 on June 27 at the Courtyard By Marriott in New Kingston on . The four-day event, under the theme: ‘Digital 876: Building Brands For Global Impact,’ invites technology start ups and social media practitioners to discuss digital media issues relating to Jamaica as well as share and create content for the wider social media space.

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  • State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging technology innovators to develop applications that can be utilised by Government to improve its operations and processes.
  • Mr. Green was addressing the launch of Digital Media Week 2016 on June 27 at the Courtyard by Marriott in New Kingston.
  • Digital Media Week is organised by local social media consultancy agency BlogAmo Jamaica.

State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging technology innovators to develop applications that can be utilised by Government to improve its operations and processes.

“The Government definitely needs more of you to look at some of the problems we have in governance and find new ways for us to solve those problems,” he said.

“I want to see more of you develop applications that a government can use to aid its processes; to develop services, to deliver services to the people of Jamaica,” he added.

Mr. Green was addressing the launch of Digital Media Week 2016 on June 27 at the Courtyard by Marriott in New Kingston.

Being observed from June 27 to 30, Digital Media Week invites technology start-ups and social media practitioners to discuss social and digital media issues relating to Jamaica as well as share and create content for the social media space.

The four-day event, under the theme: ‘Digital 876: Building Brands For Global Impact’, will highlight the need for an understanding of the digital space and global business opportunities that exist.

Digital media refers to content such as text, graphics, audio, and video that can be transmitted over the Internet or computer networks.

The Education State Minister, in endorsing the event, said it provides the opportunity to “teach our young people how they can get into this industry (digital media) because this is a viable option and an area that they can invest in and help to change Jamaica”.

The week of activities include presentations and panel discussions at various venues in Kingston.

A charity event is scheduled for June 29 at the Marriott, which will honour four women in social media, who have assisted in developing the local industry. Proceeds are in aid of Lancewood Basic School in St. Elizabeth.

The week’s activities will culminate with the celebration of observance of Social Media Day on June 30.

Digital Media Week is organised by local social media consultancy agency BlogAmo Jamaica. For more details, visit: digital876.com.

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