CDB is collaborating with the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and Ministry of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development in staging Vybzing Trinidad and Tobago.

Young people in Trinidad and Tobago will be able to participate in the Vybzing Youth Forum which is usually held to coincide with the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). This year, there will be two events for Vybzing Trinidad and Tobago: a U Innovate Challenge and a U Innovate Forum.

The U Innovate Challenge is a competition open to young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who have been invited to develop a proposal for a mobile application. The theme is based on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Achieving Development through the use of Mobile Applications.” Further details are available on the Facebook page The competition is currently running and the final judging will be held on May 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. Several prizes will be awarded to the winning entries, including cash, IPad2, netbook and smartphone. The winners will also receive mentorship and technical assistance support.

Mark Lewis and Julian Hall run the Innovation & Entrepreneurship programme on behalf of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union in Trinidad and Tobago.

The theme of the U Innovate Forum is “Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean Mobile Market”. The forum will be held on May 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency. It will be facilitated by two young entrepreneurs from the United Kingdom, Julian Hall and Mark Lewis, who will inform and engage the youth in various interactive sessions.

Mr. Hall is Chairman of the Hall Business Group Ltd., UK. He is an award-winning digital marketer who has consulted for companies big and small over the last 10 years. He travels the globe delivering seminars around social media, innovation and entrepreneurism.

Mr. Lewis is CEO, Bravig, UK, and has been involved in the media since the early 90s as a music and TV producer. He has also worked in the mobile market for some time. Among other things, he developed an entrepreneurial scheme initiated by Michael Dell, CEO Dell Computers, which was formed to assist young entrepreneurs in the New York Tri-State area who came from impoverished backgrounds.

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