Motivated by the success of the first Technology Summit held last year, 2017, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister Senator J. Kwasi Thompson, along with partners and sponsors announced the dates for the second annual event, which is set for November 14-16, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan.
During a press conference Wednesday (October 10) at Pelican Bay Hotel, Sen. Thompson said that he is proud to present the summit, which takes place under the theme ‘The Future is Now.’
He added that this initiative is part of The Bahamas Government’s goal to make the technology industry the third pillar in the Bahamian economy.
“It has been our vision to establish and grow the technology industry in The Bahamas,” he said.
Sen. Thompson noted that Grand Bahama is particularly suited to become a science, technology and innovation hub.
According to Sen. Thompson, the summit will highlight many aspects of technology, including the Ministry of Education’s ICT plans for schools, and Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) ICT courses.
“These courses and certificates are now being offered to Bahamians free of charge, and that is Associates Degrees and certifications,” he said.
Sen. Thompson furthered that there will also be presentations on various other technology-based programs and promotions.
He revealed that the event will also feature many major figures in the global technology industry.
One of those speakers being John Padgett, Chief Experience Innovation Officer of Carnival.
Sen. Thompson informed that attendees will hear from representatives of different government ministries as well.
He expressed that this summit will also be an opportunity for Bahamians to showcase themselves and make important connections.
Sen. Thompson urged persons to register for the summit at grandbahamatechsummit.com. and visit the event’s Facebook page for updates. “We hope to see each and every one of you there.”
Sen. Thompson thanked the event’s partners and sponsors, including Aliv, GIBC Digital; gold sponsors – the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Invest Grand Bahama Bureau. The partnering sponsors are Cisco Systems and CompTIA.
Carlos Rodriguez of Cisco Systems said that the company is excited to partner with the government for this year’s Tech Summit, noting that Cisco Systems believes in the power of educating.
“What we are doing here is a testament of that,” he said.
Rodriguez revealed that they will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Bahamas government for the Cisco Networking Academy Program.
He revealed that they have close to 12,000 academies and nearly nine million students have already graduated from the program.
Rodriquez informed that Cisco will be presenting on topics like software development and networking workshops during the summit. “We are truly excited for the opportunity to participate in this event.”
President of the GBPA, Ian Rolle stated that last year’s summit was a tremendous success and is excited for this year’s summit. “Many underestimated the success of last year’s summit.”
Rolle added that GIBC’s establishment in Grand Bahama was a result of last year’s summit.
He took the opportunity to encourage all GBPA licensees to register and attend this year’s summit.
Richard Stanton, General Manager of Aliv Northern Bahamas Office commended the Office of the Prime Minister and every other entity that participated in last year’s summit.
Stanton stated that since last year Grand Bahama has gained new businesses, new sponsors, new jobs and other new opportunities.
“We are doing this for one reason, and that is for Grand Bahama,” he said.
He noted that Cisco is an ideal partner for Grand Bahama.
“They really are delivering to the youth and the people of this country the gold standard in technology,” he said.
Stanton confirmed Aliv’s support of the summit and conveyed hopes that they could continue to be a positive influence on the community for years to come.
A representative of GIBC Digital bringing remarks on behalf of the company’s president, Greg Wood stated that they are honored to participate in this year’s summit.
He also thanked the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and Senator Thompson for the opportunity.
GIBC representatives will be discussing topics like artificial intelligence and Cryptocurrency during the summit.
The summit’s innovative partner Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) also had a representative at the press conference.
Delano Arthur, GBPC Manager of Operations thanked the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama for allowing the company to partner in the summit. “As a part of the growth of the economy, we see renewable energy as a part of that.”
Arthur revealed that for their display they will focus on renewable energy.
He furthered that they also want to discuss the utilization of electric vehicles and charging stations. They would also be discussing battery storage.
“Battery storage is a key role in the advancement of solar, advancement of renewable energy and clean energy,” he said.
Over 450 persons registered for the first tech summit, which took place on Thursday (November 9, 2017) at the Grand Lucayan Hotel.
The Summit was conducted under the theme, ‘Making Grand Bahama the Gateway to Innovation and technology.’
The event featured speakers from influential technology companies such as Google, and Microsoft.
Key elements of the summit focused on Reviewing the Information Technology Industry as a possible Third Pillar of our economy Branding Grand Bahama is the capital for Industry and Innovation Connecting local entrepreneurs to industry representatives Stemming the ‘brain-drain’ by showcasing Grand Bahama as the gateway to technology and innovation Providing a platform for Bahamians in Silicon Valley.
The Summit was sponsored by the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), Invest Grand Bahama, Aliv, Network Security Construction Group, Cloud Carib, Grand Bahama Island Islands of The Bahamas, Quantum Data Solutions, Keen I Media, Maecal Electronics and Global Sun Integration Management.
The two-day event ended on Friday, November 10, 2017.