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St. Maarten's ICT Week
15.08.2010 - 20.08.2010
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St. Maarten’s ICT Week

The Government of St. Maarten and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) will be hosting a week of international, regional and national ICT events from 15th to 20th August, 2010 to demonstrate the power and potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to foster development and transform societies and economies.

The inaugural St. Maarten’s ICT Week is being held at a critical juncture in St. Maarten’s history as it moves to become a self-governing country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Government of St. Maarten has identified the effective use of ICT as a significant success factor for achieving the vision for building a strong and competitive Caribbean Country. It recognizes that ICT presents opportunities for St. Maarten to:

  • Strengthen and develop more efficient and productive governance and business systems;
  • Define and develop new types of jobs and business;
  • Build the capacity of citizens as regards the use of ICT; the youth in particular;
  • Engage the Diaspora in contributing to St. Maarten’s growth and development; and
  • Enhance its global competitiveness.

The Government of St. Maarten in support of its vision is pleased to host St. Maarten’s ICT Week which will feature:

  1. The 6th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum,
  2. The Caribbean ICT Roadshow,
  3. The Caribbean Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop,
  4. The 1st Regional CaribNOG Meeting, and
  5. ICT Camps.

This week of ICT activities, together represent a unique opportunity to educate all sectors of the national community on the importance of ICT in defining a new St. Maarten. The week begins with the formulation of a design for a Caribbean information society, identifying the elements and activities for defining ICT enabled economic and social advancement.

St. Maarten’s ICT Week continues with lectures, workshops and demonstrations designed to educate and raise awareness on the potential of ICT in every sphere of activity as well as to place a strong emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship in the use of ICT. The week will end with a series of Camps for the youth, parents, guardians and teachers and general workers to encourage the use and adoption of ICT tools.

We trust that the week’s activities will create a groundswell of interest in ICT and that the citizenry will be encouraged to innovate, wholeheartedly embrace the ICT tools and to work in partnership with the Government of St. Maarten to secure a future powered by ICT.

Download the St. Maarten's ICT Week - Agenda and Registration Form


1. The 6th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF)

The future of Caribbean countries is at risk from many threats including rising crime; porous borders; the effects of climate change; flight of intellectual capacity; and deepening economic fragility. In a move to identify new sustainable models for development, Caribbean leaders have recognised that information and communication technologies (ICT) present new opportunities for fostering social and economic development.

Because the Internet is the most pervasive manifestation of the evolution of ICT and represents one of the pillars on which information societies may be established, there is a critical need for Caribbean leaders and ICT stakeholders to understand the issues surrounding the governance of the Internet.

In 2005, the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) inaugurated the first Annual Caribbean Internet Governance Forum to educate Caribbean stakeholders on the issues and to begin to establish a Framework for Caribbean Internet Governance.  Through the activities of five successive Internet Governance Fora and working with many organisations intimately associated with the running of the Internet and Caribbean Civil society, the CTU completed a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework to guide Internet Governance activities for the region.

Released in 2009, the Framework identified five (5) strategic areas for urgent Internet governance policy development for the Caribbean, namely, Physical Infrastructure; Logical Infrastructure; Internet Content; Public Awareness and Capacity Building; and Research.  Since July 2009, the CTU has been engaged in a number of activities in these areas to advance the Caribbean Internet Governance agenda.

The CTU’s 6th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum, the first event of St. Maarten’s ICT Week, will be held in collaboration with the Internet Society (ISOC). The theme for this Forum is: Designing the Caribbean Information Society and its objectives are to:

  1. Update stakeholders on the work completed to date in advancing the Internet Governance agenda;
  2. Design a Caribbean Information Society by considering how to:
  • Move from e-Government and o-Government,
  • Cultivate Knowledge Workers,
  • Protect Intellectual Property,
  • Develop a sustainable Content Creation industry,
  • Develop Caribbean ICT –based/enabled business, and
  1. Present the CTU’s Framework for ICT Innovation and entrepreneurship; and
  2. Produce a Report for submission to Caribbean Governments.

The programme is designed to be highly interactive, requiring delegates’ full participation.


2.  The Caribbean ICT Roadshow

The Caribbean ICT Roadshow initiative has been developed by the CTU to raise awareness within the public sector, the private sector, civil society and academia of the need for innovation in embracing ICT effectively in government, the private sector and civil society for social and economic development. The Roadshow initiative adopts a unique approach, linking the dissemination of information to activities that will reinforce the message and produce tangible benefits for the citizens of St. Maarten.

The CTU is working collaboratively with the Government of St. Maarten, partners and other interested organizations and institutions to deliver a Roadshow customized to address St. Maarten’s developmental issues and to demonstrate the transformative power of ICT innovation.

The theme, Harnessing the Power of Innovation - the engine for ICT-enabled Caribbean development, reflects the objectives the Roadshow aspires to achieve, namely:

  1. To build awareness among the public sector, the private sector and civil society of the innovative and effective use of ICT;
  2. To foster innovation in the application of ICT to Caribbean challenges in government, the private sector and civil society; and
  3. To accelerate the effective use of ICT by governments in order to promote transparency and efficiency in the delivery of public services.

The following Fora will be presented at the Roadshow:

  • Policy Makers’ and Regulators’ Forum
  • Innovators’ Forum
  • Network Operators’ Forum
  • ICT Innovators’ Forum
  • The Internet Governance Forum
  • Hot Seat Discussion Panel
  • Youth Forum


  • 3. The Caribbean ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop

  • CTU recognises the leading role that ICT plays across all sectors of our economy and the need for innovation in realising ICT’s potential to transform existing industries, create new ones, enhance the Region’s competitiveness, assist with solutions to environmental problems and enhance social inclusion.

    While some national initiatives are taking place, Governments of the region need greater support in creating an environment that is conducive to encouraging and facilitating an innovative spirit and cultivating entrepreneurs.  This Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop seeks therefore to educate and inspire innovators from the Caribbean region to commercialize their ideas.

    Messrs Julian Hall and Mark Lewis from Pure Online Genius and Bravig Ltd respectively, UK entrepreneurs and members of the Caribbean Diaspora, will facilitate an empowering and practical two-day Workshop which will be delivered in two parts:

    i)  A Framework for Innovation

    During the first day our speakers will examine the concepts, thought processes and problem solving techniques that make true innovation possible. Through engaging the audience on real issues and taking into account their personal circumstances, the team will seek to find answers to common problems which entrepreneurs face and walk the audience through simple step-by-step exercises designed to promote ideas which will lead to commercial success.

    ii) Becoming an Entrepreneur

    Day two will consist of a series of interactive exercises which will encourage the audience to engage and participate in driving their vision forward. They will be encouraged to become constructively critical of their own ideas; to examine new ways of sourcing finances; to learn from the experiences of others in business; to create mutually beneficial strategic partnerships; to identify and acquire the skills they personally lack and to cultivate a determination to move forward.

    At the end of the second day, we will summarise their journey, award certificates of progress and guide the candidates through the next steps towards success. Candidates will leave with a personally tailored business development plan and the energy and focus to implement it effectively.

    Delegates whose ideas receive favourable review will benefit from additional training, internships, mentorship programmes, guidance, research and business support to enable them to commercialise their ideas and to establish sustainable ICT-businesses.

    Download the I&E Workshop Agenda and Registration Form

    4. The 1st Regional CaribNOG Meeting

    The Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) is a community of Network Operators dedicated to exchanging technical information and experiences related to the management of IP networks in the Caribbean region.  CaribNOG conferences provide a forum for the coordination and dissemination of technical information related to networking technologies, research and operational practices. The meetings are informal, with an emphasis on practical solutions, training and insight relevant to the region.

    In St. Maarten, expert speakers from the regional and international technical community will be conducting hands-on workshops, in-depth tutorials and presentations on the following topics:

    • VoIP: VOIP workshop – Deploying secure small and medium Scale VoIP solutions;
    • LINUX: Configuring and securing LAMP, creating a secure LAMP application, IP Services and Security;
    • ROUTING: Basics; introduction  to OSPF, BGP, VoIP and SIP; and
    • CSIRT: Developing a Network Security and Incident Response Team.


    5. ICT Camps

    St. Maarten’s ICT Week will feature a series of vacation Camps for children, their parents, guardians, teachers and others who are interested in learning about information and communication technologies. The ICT camp sessions will be very interactive with hands-on sessions that provide instruction in an informal environment.

    The Camps will take advantage of the keen affinity of youth to ICT so as to educate and promote responsible and beneficial use of ICT and the Internet in particular.  The Camps will educate young campers on the dangers in cyberspace and will introduce parents and guardians to important issues relating to their children’s interactions in cyberspace.

    Campers will be introduced to readily available ICT tools and instructed on how to use them to improve efficiency and productivity. There will also be sessions on social media and content creation and campers will be encouraged to create their own podcasts.






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