FLOW facilitates Barbadian youth & Small Business: Education meets Technology – TechLink

After the successful launch of TechLink this past November in Grenada, Columbus Communications and the BrightPath Foundation partnered once again to kick off the initiative in Barbados. TechLink targets youth, parents, small businesses and community leaders to inspire innovative application of technology that addresses local needs. It focuses on Technology Skill Training, Technology Business Facilitation, Responsible Technology Usage, and Community Impact.

Youth participants learning about Digital Photography

Youth participants learning about Digital Photography

Two workshops were conducted at the Cave Hill School of Business over the weekend, which catered to youth innovators from a number of secondary schools as well as small business persons. Topics focused on were, Digital Photography for the youth led by Mr. Juma Bannister, while the small business group was educated on Mobile App Development and what it can do for their business, facilitated by Mr. Stephen Lee and Mr. Mark Headley.

Shelly Ann Hee Chung, vice president of marketing sales and communication, Eastern Caribbean stated that "At Columbus, we live by one very simple yet powerful mission: 'Don't Predict the Future; Enable It'. We offer access to technology that has the potential to transform lives and entire communities, and we strive each day to continuously improve the services we offer our customers across the region.

Shelly Ann Hee Chung, vice president of marketing sales and communication, Eastern Caribbean stated that “At Columbus, we live by one very simple yet powerful mission: ‘Don’t Predict the Future; Enable It‘. We offer access to technology that has the potential to transform lives and entire communities, and we strive each day to continuously improve the services we offer our customers across the region.

“Technology can, and does make a real difference in how we live and do business. Yet, while these infrastructural developments are key ingredients to our success and differentiate us from our competition both here and elsewhere, it is our continued commitment to nation building that truly reflects our enabling attitude. We do not simply invest in infrastructure; we invest in communities. And, as we see it, that investment must begin with education. And that’s what TechLink is about,” she added.

Khalil Bryan, a computer engineer and entrepreneur, who actively volunteers on the Wi-Fi project of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, one of Columbus' strategic partners, told participants that, "All around us, we can see the progress that is enabled by technology. From connected executives on the go, to real time updates on your phone that your product was delivered to a key customer. We can live in Barbados but sell to the world. That is what real connectivity enables."

Khalil Bryan, a computer engineer and entrepreneur, who actively volunteers on the Wi-Fi project of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, one of Columbus’ strategic partners, told participants that, “All around us, we can see the progress that is enabled by technology. From connected executives on the go, to real time updates on your phone that your product was delivered to a key customer. We can live in Barbados but sell to the world. That is what real connectivity enables.”

Senior BrightPath facilitator Stephen Lee, who is a Mobile App development trainer for the TechLink programme said, “Columbus and BrightPath are committed to the development of technology capacity within the Caribbean. In today’s society technological education and adoption have become a need as compared to a niche, and with Columbus’ modern broadband infrastructure in the region and high broadband speeds, the people of Barbados will continue to grow through the TechLink programme“.

Olivia Russell, a BCC student attending the youth session said, "The session was really informative and it really made me think about my future. I will definitely be looking forward to attending the next TechLink"; while in the Small Business session Timothy Walker, owner of Innovative Products and Services said, "I came in not knowing what to expect and after the opening statements I knew that I was in for a new phase of internet possibilities. This is the way forward, fueled by Columbus, more small business owners should take advantage of workshops like this."

Olivia Russell, a BCC student attending the youth session said, “The session was really informative and it really made me think about my future. I will definitely be looking forward to attending the next TechLink“; while in the Small Business session Timothy Walker, owner of Innovative Products and Services said, “I came in not knowing what to expect and after the opening statements I knew that I was in for a new phase of internet possibilities. This is the way forward, fueled by Columbus, more small business owners should take advantage of workshops like this.”

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