After four decades of little or not growth, the Jamaican economy is expected to grow at 1-2% over the medium term. The country is confronted by serious social issues that predominantly affect youth, such as high levels of crime and violence and high unemployment.
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For Minister Robinson Start Up Jamaica contributes to the realisation of Vision 2030 by linking the youth passion for ICT with entrepreneurship’s potential to build the local economy.Since the inception... Show More + of the Start Up Jamaica incubator in September 2014, six companies have piqued Oasis 500’s interest, attracting offers of investment. Three of them have just accepted the offer and will go to Jordan in April for a 100 –day acceleration program:Crimebot: With the 6th highest homicide rate in the world, crime and violence represents a significant challenge for Jamaica. Crimebot (winner of the Grand Prize at Digital Jam 3.0) provides users with live updates of incidents in their vicinity, through notifications, hot-spot illustrations and the anonymous submission of crime reports.”It shows how hard work really pays off,” explains Gareth Thompson from Crimebot. “It’s shocking to show how our idea is actually becoming a reality. I’m really ecstatic about it.”RevoFarm: Agriculture makes up clo Show Less -
Judging by the enthusiasm of the panelists walking around the halls of the UWI with their portfolios and actively engaging in the workshops, the general sense was that Jamaica does offer the creativity... Show More + needed to become an animation hub that can compete with others in East Asia or Australia.And the winner is…But the two-day event wasn’t only about learning, networking and distributing resumes. There was a real competition. Creators, scriptwriters, animators and character creators gave their best to win the jurors’ vote.The finalist projects were presented in a talent-reality-show format, so participants had to pitch their idea to the judges and defend their animations, scripts and story boards, and people in the audience could also cheer for their favorite production.In the end, the winning projects were:· Best Script and Storyboard: Tanya Batson-Savage · Best Experimental Anim Show Less -
Animating Jamaica's CreativityWith the aim of engaging young Jamaicans, KingstOOn will provide them with a unique opportunity to:Explore the animation as a quality professional development career as well... Show More + as discovering current opportunities in the global animation industry, andInteract and network with professionals and entrepreneurs currently operating in the animation industry in Jamaica and abroad.Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their talent at the event, submitting their work for consideration in the following categories:Best script and storyboardBest experimental animationBest characterBest final animation productThe best 5-10 submissions will form part of a grande finale, which will be screened to a jury of international and national industry experts.KingstOOn runs from June 20-21,2013 in Kingston, Jamaica. Registration for the event is now open and closes on June 1st.Join the conversation on #kingstOOn or on Facebook. Show Less -