Aspiring app developers prep for global market

Practising and aspiring local app developers will soon get the opportunity to take their creativity and business acumen to another level, thanks to a new initiative by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) called the Industry Genius Mobile App Competition, which will help showcase their talent to a global audience.

During a Genius Lab session yesterday evening at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, participants met to share and discuss their ideas and to gain insight on how best market their products.

“We have a culture of young, bright aspiring app developers and many times they are doing the apps just as a hobby and not really having a market or real use for the apps,” said Programme Officer at the BCSI, Adrian Reid. “On the other side, you have businesses who are actually looking to use apps in their business models to improve their hypotheses . . . to deal with their customers better . . . to build community around their brands. So, we have these two groups who are operating but don’t know each other or talk to each other. [Therefore] we thought that this platform would be a great bridge to link the private sector and these young app developers together.

“Companies can actually share with developers what their real problems are and they can use their talents to develop real apps to solve real problems,” he explained.

Reid said the response so far has been overwhelming.

“We have all been surprised that we have so much talent in the ICT space, especially with apps in particular . . . So now we have companies that are very keen and eager to find other local talent that has been hiding in the woodwork.”

Meanwhile, President of the Board of Directors of BCSI George Thomas told participants that Barbados was generating higher qualified persons at a greater rate than the present economy could accommodate.

“. . . You are going to have to be able to market your services outside of Barbados in addition to inside of Barbados . . . and that is why we are here to prepare you and service providers current and future to compete in an international market.”

Some of the participants at today’s workshop.
Some of the participants at today’s workshop.

The Industry Genius Mobile App Competition was launched in August and will climax on Thursday, November 13, at the Hilton Barbados.

There, finalists will make their final pitches before the judges and the eventual winning team will walk away with a trip to CeBiT, the world’s largest computer exposition, which takes place in Germany next year.

This morning, the entrepreneurs involved in the competition got some tips for presenting their projects before the panel of judges.

Programme Manager at the Cave Hill School of Business in the Strategic Business Services Unit, Egbert Irving, told them during a workshop that they had to see the judges as part of their market or prospective investors.

Programme Manager at the Cave Hill School of Business in the Strategic Business Services Unit, Egbert Irving.
Programme Manager at the Cave Hill School of Business Georgia Inniss

He told them they must be articulate and display confidence.

During the workshop, Programme Manager at the Cave Hill School of Business Georgia Inniss assured that the institution would continue its efforts to develop entrepreneurship.

She disclosed that throughout this month the school, in partnership with the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries, intends to run activities with that focus.

On November 15, there be a workshop on Translating an Idea or Hobby into a Business. In addition, the school will be launching the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor National Report and a report on the state of women in entrepreneurship and the Success Showcase with the theme Secrets of a Six Figure Woman.

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