ICT Road Show culminates on Saturday in Berbice

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One of the robots that was built at the STEM Guyana one-day training workshop.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Roadshow which was organised by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in collaboration with the Public Telecommunications Ministry will culminate on Saturday with a massive road show and exhibition in Berbice.

The exhibition, held under the theme “Harnessing the Power of Innovation: The Engine For ICT-Enabled Development” at the Arthur Chung Conference Center, saw the inputs from various entities within and beyond the ICT sector throughout the week and featured robots and robotic apps.

Some of the projects that were on display included the creating of robots to test the moisture content of soil, high-tech drones to produce animated characters for television shows and smart classrooms which were attended by the Hinterland students. These are some of the representations of the high tech exhibits that continue to be displayed at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) today.

Every creation that was featured at the roadshow was the works of Guyanese students from several secondary schools, universities, community ICT hub clubs, and small scale entrepreneurs who were equipped with ideas, design skills and a business plan.

The exhibition is intended to bring into one physical space the many Guyanese young IT designers, app developers and technologists who have built products that would be put to use.  Running simultaneously with the exhibition today will be a robotics workshop co-ordinated by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Guyana.

Youth Day will also concluded today with a town hall-styled discussion session featuring Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and hundreds of students at the Conference Center.

Meanwhile, the finale of the roadshow is slated for Saturday at the Nand Persaud Conference hall, Number 36 Village, Corentyne where the CTU, ICT and other experts will meet farmers and residents throughout the day.

The creators of the prize winning app, Innovative Systems (InnoSys), are expected to unveil and demonstrate their Agricultural Commodities Trade Exchange app in Berbice as well.

The team is made up of IT techs Deenauth Mohabeer, Munifa Erskine, Julius Simon and Sonny Kothapally. Essentially, the new app will also bring producers, sellers and buyers of fruits, vegetables, ground provisions, dairy products, meats and other Guyanese agro-processed foods like cassava bread and cassareep into a single online marketplace.  The opportunities for export are said to be tremendous.

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