Pitch-IT bringing opportunities for Caribbean & Bajan App developers

Over 100 tech-savvy entrepreneurs will get the chance to hone their Mobile App development skills over the next 30 months, and make money for themselves at the same time.

Lisa Cummins, Executive Director of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries, was part of a media launch held at Digicel's main headquarters in Warrens, she revealed the criteria involved for participation - although there is no age limit, they prefer candidates between 17 to 30; the prospects should be ideally both be code writers and have business acumen...

Lisa Cummins, Executive Director of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries, was part of a media launch held at Digicel’s main headquarters in Warrens, she revealed the criteria involved for participation – although there is no age limit, they prefer candidates between 17 to 30; the prospects should be ideally both be code writers and have business acumen…

The developers will boost their skills through the Pitch-IT Caribbean programme, which is being facilitated by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries along with several local and international partners.

The first batch of 40 developers got down to the business of things last week, Digicel Barbados was pleased to provide space for the group to mould and test their ideas – Conor Looney, Digicel’s recently installed CEO for Barbados, indicated his satisfaction in facilitating this crucial project which develops both technical and entrepreneurial skills for the region.

Mr Looney indicated how the project advantages both Barbadian and regional developers since smartphone saales are exected to reach 1 billion units this year alone, and they are now outstripping the sales of desktop devices.

The Canadian Government is the main donor for approximately USD $200,000 for the first phase of Pitch-IT Caribbean, with the Caribbean Development Bank as another donor to the effort.

Pitch-IT Caribbean is already in existence in Jamaica, St Kitts, Dominica, Trinidad and the facilitators are also looking at St Lucia.

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