Benn: Apply knowledge

Minister of Commerce Senator Haynesley Benn presents winner Jason Als with his prize. At left is Susanne Downes, VP Consumer Sales at LIME and Jason’s App development partner Raymond Hope.

Young people honing their skills in the area of App development, have been encouraged to continue to do so and to take advantage of opportunities given by companies such as LIME, the island’s only full service telecommunications provider.

The advice has come from Minister of Commerce and Trade Senator Haynesley Benn at a recent presentation to the winners of a LIME-sponsored App4Dat Competition at the company’s Wildey office.

Senator Benn congratulated the winners, top-placed duo Jason Als and Raymond Hope and runner-up Steve Fung-a-Fat and also heaped praise on LIME for having the foresight to initiate the competition with the support of its partner, the Information Society of Barbados.

To the winners, Senator Benn said: “Your willingness to participate is testimony to the fact that Barbados does possess the human resource needed to exploit the virtues of ICTs. What is needed is the organisation and incentive.

Initiative welcomed

“My ministry welcomes this initiative. We believe that the promotion and advocacy for the use and application of ICTs must be a collaborative effort amongst the public and private sector, academia and the Non-Governmental Organisations. The efforts of Government alone will not be sufficient to encourage greater uptake of the technologies.”

The minister said ICTs must be seen as an enabler with significant economic potential for Barbados.

The App competition gave developers the opportunity to submit their unique applications for judging by a panel selected by LIME and with representation from the ISB. Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Claire Downes-Haynes, said she was pleased with the submissions but noted that more Barbadians must see the potential for App development to take them to the international stage.

“We cannot be limited by size. Our people are talented and judging from the submissions to the competition, there is a vast canvass on which our talent can paint a picture for the world,” she said.

Vice President Consumer Sales, Susanne Downes, in presenting the prizes noted that, “It is no longer enough to share your apps with your friends. It is time to push the talent out to the world and grab the opportunities that come with taking that step.”

The winners received a cash prize along with a Samsung S111 while the runner-up received a cash prize for their Store Front and Black Rock Game Apps respectively. Als’ app allows users to search for items sold locally without physically going to the store. Fung-a-Fat’s creation is a side-scrolling action game.

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