bmobile Launches Connect Conference 2019
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – January 31, 2019
“The digital landscape is evolving from just connecting the world to making the world intelligent due to advancements and increases in the use of artificial intelligence.” This was announced by the CEO of TSTT, Dr. Ronald Walcott, at the official launch of the company’s 2019 bmobile Connect Technology Conference at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad on Tuesday 29th January, 2019.
Dr. Walcott stated that ICT can be a fundamental driver of business and economic development in the country. This, he said, was the impetus behind TSTT’s strategic move away from being a legacy telecoms organisation to becoming an agile broadband communications company that can drive the ICT backbone of development for business and government in Trinidad and Tobago.
Indicating that TSTT’s goal is to facilitate a robust broadband driven economy, Dr. Walcott, said that TSTT has embarked on a National Broadband Strategy that will ensure that everyone has access to reliable broadband services. “We have a simple vision where everyone should have broadband access in their homes. This vision is becoming a reality with strides towards the ubiquitous availability of bmobile’s 4G LTE, its fixed wireless access network and a Zero Copper Campaign, which aims to replace all TSTT’s copper infrastructure with wireless and fibre optic solutions by 2020,” said Dr. Walcott.
The importance of developing and leveraging the technology ecosystem for the socio-economic advancement of Trinidad and Tobago was the common thread weaved by the presenters throughout the official launch.
Delivering the keynote address, Son of the Soil and President of Howard University, Dr. Wayne Frederick commended TSTT for pursuing the vision of affordable broadband access. The Howard University President shared how technology and innovation was being used at the university to ensure students were ready to become valuable members of the workforce upon graduation.
This, Dr. Frederick explained, was based on his dissatisfaction with the traditional internship model that found students acting as “gofers” instead of gaining technical competencies and experience or having companies invest training in university graduates who quickly leave for better opportunities. In order to combat this, Howard has partnered with companies in Silicon Valley to create externships for students in STEM programmes, ensuring that the students graduate with the precise skill sets that employers desire.
“Using bmobile as an enabler, you have an opportunity to develop your own workforce and really influence what is coming out and what is coming to you and especially if you can get an enabler in the middle of that process it can certainly help,” emphasized Dr. Frederick who called on local universities like the UWI and UTT to use TSTT to help transform Trinidad and Tobago’s workforce.
CONNECT is bmobile’s flagship technology and innovation event, which stands on three pillars – the main conference on January 29th and 30th, the Connect Code Challenge; a competition that awarded $100,000 in prize funding and exclusive enrollment into bmobile’s 6-month business accelerator programme to the winning team, and the nationwide Innovation Week which ran from January 28th to February 1st.
CONNECT aims to expose participants to unprecedented insights into international approaches to ICT, encourage networking and interaction between business leaders and innovative startups, showcase and nurture promising business ideas and highlight the developments in the local technology space. For further information, please visit www.bmobileconnect.com.