More than one dozen programmers are participating in the Open Data Code Sprint, which is a part of the Caribbean Open Data Conference and Code Sprint.
Computer Science Lecturer, Lenandlar Singh told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com) that data sets for education, census data, fisheries, agriculture, tourism and journalism are being provided by governments to competitors across the
“Essentially what the teams will have to do is look at the data that’s coming and then think about social problems that we can help solve using the data,” he said.
Participating countries are
While there would be no proprietary rights for the open source apps, he hoped that the best ones developed during the Code Sprint could possibly become marketable. “There is going to be a session a month after the event to take those prototypes- the good ones- and bring them into potential businesses,” added Singh. Mentors would assist in developing business models.
UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi announced that he was talking with the
Highlighting that the world has been shifting towards data, knowledge and infrastructure across geographical boundaries, he pointed to the tiny Caribbean
He urged the local programmers to join a lobby for
Opadeyi further suggested that software programming should be introduced in secondary schools. “We need to improve the critical thinking capacity of our young kids,” he said.
The Professor advocated widespread free Internet access to reduce time and money while pushing social and economic growth.
Project Manager of the E-Government Project Unit, Alexei Ramotar said the project would allow multiple accesses and increase Internet capacity through government’s fibre optic cable that has been run from neighbouring
He disputed claims that Open Data access would see authors and content creators losing income because the majority of scientific research is paid for by governments. “Open Source is where we as a nation have to go. We cannot afford to be paying huge license fees,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Brain Street Technologies, Lance Hinds hailed Open Source for the processing of data and improving on available technologies. He urged participants to move beyond Code Sprint 2013. “This is the first Code Sprint in
It must be part of an overall effort to build our sector. After this, we must collaborate, discuss, seek to improve and effectively harness our talents,” said Hinds.
The Guyana-leg of Code Sprint is being supported by the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), Global Technology, Brain Street, Courts (Guyana), CCS (Guyana) Limited and Banks DIH Limited.