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  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson says the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) is expected to be launched shortly.
  • The MIC will provide services designed to stimulate local software development through training, industry partnerships, and innovation.
  • This will be the first in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson says the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) is expected to be launched shortly.

The MIC, which would be the first in the English-speaking Caribbean, will provide services designed to stimulate local software development through training, industry partnerships, and innovation.

Making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 11, Mr. Robinson said work towards the establishment of the MIC is being undertaken by Microsoft, the University of the West Indies, Jamaica National Building Society, and other private sector entities.

Under the auspices of the MIC, four workshops have been held between Kingston and Mandeville in the past year, resulting in the creation of a community of high school and college level developers of more than 100 students.

It has also seen the launch of a successful mobile game on the Windows platform from Jamaica – Jungle Escape – which has so far resulted in 400,000 downloads. The game application was developed by Nicolas Brown.

Additionally, he noted that a local team has entered the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals. The team leader Orane Campbell from the University College of the Caribbean is ably supported by team member Nicolas Brown from the Northern Caribbean University.

“We have to ensure that from a younger age our youngsters are exposed to coding and development skills,” he said.