Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP)/Start-UP Jamaica Challenge and CodeSprint 2015


Russell Williams

 

Team SKN in the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP) Competition

The Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project (CMIP) is a component of the Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), which is funded through the World Bank, InfoDev and the Canadian Government to the tune of $20M CAD. The intent is to build capacity throughout the Caribbean in the development of mobile applications and digital content. The Codesprint, – more commonly known as a Hackathon or sometimes a CodeFest – was held at the Musson Foundation e-Learning Lounge, in Jamaica.

 

However, there was some provision made for remote participation from the rest of the Caribbean. As such, there was representation from Barbados, the Commonwealth of Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis, who all made use of online, video conferencing.

 

The event began with with a series of presentations which outlined the challenges to which the teams should seek to develop tech-based solutions, namely: Agriculture, Energy Management and Tourism.

 

Team St. Kitts and Nevis, made up of sixteen year old Kimi Lee Knight a first year Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics student at Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Rodney Browne of eCaribbean Ltd, CFBC lecturer Fitzroy Edingborough and myself decided to develop an app to help address the challenges of Praedial Larceny, or theft to you and I! Sybil Welsh and Telly Onu acted as Advisers to the group.

 

The problem of crop and livestock theft is so prevalent it’s said that no farmer in the Caribbean has not been affected and the estimated costs are said to be $5B JMD in Jamaica alone.

 

The team from St. Kitts and Nevis dubbed their app “Tekkup” and went on to give a “Pitch” – a presentation of the application, together with an explanation of the problem it addressed, its target user base and how the app would generate income.

 

Unlike most teams, Team Tekkup was able to give a working demonstration of a “mockup” of their application rather than just a high-level conceptual overview and business model.

 

Kimi Lee Knight said of the experience, “I learned a great deal and enjoyed participating, particularly in learning of the challenges in the region and that there were commonalities.”

 

Team St. Kitts and Nevis were adjudged to have made the best presentation of the three remote participating teams.

 

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