Dubbed the #2 emerging ICT hub in the world by Business Facilities in 2010, Trinidad and Tobago is on the path towards becoming a global leader for ICT.  

With the same dedication invested in building a thriving energy sector, the government has committed to doubling ICT’s contribution to the nation’s GDP from three percent to six percent by 2013.
 
Speaking at the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries Workshop: Simply Innovation, The Honourable Minister of Trade and Industry, Stephen Cadiz, stated: “Stronger emphasis will be placed on assisting companies and individuals to develop the skills to innovate.
 
This is essential if we are to move forward as a nation. While we cannot compete with larger nations in terms of output due to economies of scale, there is no limit to our capacity to innovate.”
 
A key component in the pioneering effort to engender innovation is Tamana InTech Park, the country’s first Science and Technology Park (www.tamana.com) and at the heart of Tamana InTech Park lies its Incubator, the Trinidad and Tobago Innovation Centre (TTIC).
 
 On completion the TTIC will provide entrepreneurs with shared facilities, flexible lease terms, dedicated office space and business services; as well as the financial and managerial advice and guidance to grow their businesses.
 
 
Read the full story here on UKSPA’s website.
 
 

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tip@dmin on December 4th, 2010

 

Members of the Animation Business Forum Panel – (From left to right) Camille Selvon Abrahams – Animae Caribe Founder; Joan Vogelesang – CEO Toon Boom; Honorable Stephen Cadiz – Minister of Trade & Industry; Carla Foderingham – CEO Trinidad and Tobago Film Company; Angela Hordatt – Vice President Business Development eTecK; Shabnam Rezael – Co-Founder Big Bad Boo Studios.

 

Animation and Trinidad are often not associated with each other in the mind of the general public. 

But the animation industry in Trinidad and Tobago has been around for over nine years. 

After a steady climb within the industry’s introductory stage in Trinidad, the local Animation Industry is now poised for fundamental growth, promising to provide investors substantial returns. 

The production of quality animation clips are for use in not only traditional entertainment i.e motion picture and animated films, but also within Medical and Health Care PR campaigns and Advertising for TV and Web commercials. 

As in North America, local students may soon experience animation in mainstream school curriculums for subjects such as Math, Science and Geography. 

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Tamana InTech Park offers a tech-ready and eco-friendly destination for companies ready for growth

With a legacy of success in energy, Trinidad & Tobago already has a sophisticated economy that is now on the verge of a dramatic transformation. 

With the same dedication the government put towards building an energy leader, the nation is building an economy ready for the global information communications technology (ICT) industry. 

And, the first step towards this transformation is Tamana InTech Park – an eco-friendly, highly-advanced destination for technology companies looking to outsource a part, or all, of their operations.

 An Emerging ICT Leader

Just recently named the #2 emerging ICT hub in the world by Business Facilities in 2010, Trinidad & Tobago is on the path towards becoming a global leader for ICT. 

The nation is committed to doubling ICT’s contribution to the nation’s GDP to six percent from three percent by 2013. 

Tamana InTech Park will strengthen the country’s ICT sector and help to attract foreign companies by creating a microcosm of efficiency and connectivity customized specifically for the ICT industry.

The fourth largest technology and science park in the world, Tamana InTech Park is the ideal solution for companies looking to build their operations through technology solutions.

When completed, Tamana will stand out as the home of the region’s only Tier III Data Centre, as well as for its ability to tailor business opportunities and resource clustering to meet each company’s needs. 

The Park is outfitted with state-of-the-art telecom and security systems and offers a complete suite of basic data centre services for tenants….

Read the full article on Global Corporate Xpansion’s website here.

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tip@dmin on August 5th, 2010

Tamana Intech Park: progress in paradise

 

Exceptional facilities, eco-friendly construction, convenient transportation, ample resources and an educated, ready workforce…

A vibrant multicultural community and a few thousand miles of beaches…

Yep. Now you’ve got an idea of what it’s like to operate in the Caribbean’s financial, industrial, economic and energy hub, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, at Tamana InTech Park.

“We are a profoundly creative people, and the task before us is to apply this creative strength to achieving business and national goals,” says the Honourable Minister Stephen Cadiz, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Trade & Industry.

“While we cannot compete with larger nations in terms of output due to economies of scales, there is no limit to our capacity to innovate.”

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tip@dmin on July 29th, 2010

Ronald De Four, Trinidadian inventor

 

After seven years of intense determination and personal sacrifice, Dr. Ronald De Four is now the proud owner of a US patent via the Patent Cooperation Treaty – only the second of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago.

In March 2003, De Four transformed scalar time variables into vector variables in the spatial domain of an electrical motor and performed vector addition to the resulting voltages to produce the De Four Back EMF Space Vector Resolver, a theory he applied in the development of his invention, ‘Self-Starting Method and An Apparatus for Sensorless Commutation of Brushless DC Motors’ (World Intellectual Property Organization International Publication Number WO 2006/073378 A1 and U.S. Pat. No. 7,737,651).

It took seven stages in order to get to where he has gotten, a long and complicated process that has deterred many other inventors and which has won him world class recognition alongside other pioneer inventors in this field.

Apart from the technical aspects of his invention, getting it patented was another substantial hurdle.

“The patenting process is the biggest problem and the biggest headache you will ever get,” said De Four.

But his determination persevered…

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In the words of Judy Lake, vice president of Information Technology Services at the University of Trinidad and Tobago:

“As a nation, Trinidad now has greater expectations. We don’t want to go back; we don’t know how to go back. The only way is the way forward, the way onwards towards the vast opportunities for creative minds to welcome the era of the knowledge-based economy.”

Indeed.

With Tamana InTech Park, the country is going forward and onwards to a knowledge-based economy.

A knowledge-based economy (KBE) is one in which the production, distribution and use of knowledge are the main drivers of growth, wealth-creation and employment across all industries.

Last week’s blog article examined Trinidad and Tobago’s readiness for ushering in a new era of a knowledge-based economy by looking at two of the four World Bank pillars:
(1) ICT Infrastructure
(2) Education and Skills

Now we’ll look at the final two pillars:
(3) Economical and Institutional Regime
(4) Innovation System

How does Trinidad and Tobago measure up to other countries in these World Bank pillars?

How will Tamana InTech Park bolster the nation’s economy?

How does the Trinidad & Tobago Innovation Centre (TTIC) at Tamana InTech Park fit into the national innovation system?

Click here to read the article published today in the Trinidad Express, part 2 of the articles series, discussing the final two of the four World Bank Pillars: (3) Economical and Institutional Regime and (4) Innovation System.

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tip@dmin on July 21st, 2010

Tamana InTech Park is the single most important initiative to date by the Government of Trinidad & Tobago in the quest to transform the economy from its historical dependence on oil and gas.

Tamana InTech Park is helping the country to move away from its reliance on a commodity-based economy and invest in developing a knowledge-based economy (KBE).

A knowledge-based economy (KBE) is one in which the production, distribution and use of knowledge are the main drivers of growth, wealth-creation and employment across all industries.

The World Bank has identified the four pillars of a KBE as :
(1) Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure (ICT)
(2) Education and Skills
(3) Economical and Institutional Regime
(4) Innovation System

The countries recognised as the best examples of KBEs are Sweden, the United States, Korea and Finland.

It is no coincidence that these are also the most innovative countries in the world.

So how does Trinidad and Tobago measure up to the World Bank pillars?

Click here to read the article published today in the Trinidad Express, discussing the first two of the four World Bank Pillars: (1) Information and Communication Infrastructure and (2) Education and Skills.

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First prize winner Abigail Liverpool (second from left) is presented with her cheque by Carl Francis, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry; Dr. Denise Thompson, UTT Professor at the Centre for Production Systems; and Angela Hordatt, Vice President of Business Development at e TecK

 
 
Young entrepreneurs took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) fourth annual Business Plan competition, held on Thursday July 15th at UTT’s O’Meara campus in Arima.
 

The competition, which is sponsored by e TecK and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, provides a means for identifying, developing and testing the feasibility of innovative, knowledge and technology-based opportunities in some of the industry areas targeted by the government for expanded investment.

“Our goal is to increase the contributions of non-energy sectors, thus reducing our dependence on energy-related resources,” stated Permanent Secretary Mr. Carl Francis, who gave the keynote address on behalf of the Honourable Mr. Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade and Industry.

He added that competitions such as these promote healthy linkages between creative, technological and educational facilities which support greater innovation and entrepreneurship throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

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tip@dmin on June 25th, 2010

The word ‘entrepreneur’ generally calls to mind an image of a fast-talking, savvy businessman with numbers on the brain and money to burn.

Schoolchildren wielding rubber-bands? …Not so much.

But this rubber-band project was a building block of an innovative activity geared to stimulate students’ entrepreneurial drives.

This was done by students at one of the schools linked to the Trinidad & Tobago Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club (TTEI), which is headed by Ryan John.

Rubber-band innovation

As John explained, the rubber-band project demonstrated why students frequently arrived late to school.

Thick rubber-bands of varying colours were sold for $1 each, and along the rubber-band’s surface, information was written to indicate time and distance between places.

The students then used the rubber-bands to indicate on maps their routes to school, demonstrating how difficult it was to be on time.

The end result is a visual and artistic representation that reflects an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to the process of problem-solving.

The students hope to venture out into the surrounding community to expand the project and get others to take part in it, with the hope of gaining an audience of the Ministry of Works and Transport and eventually the Prime Minister.

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tip@dmin on June 16th, 2010

Moriche Palm

 

A Data Storage and Management Tour of Tamana InTech Park was held today on 16th June, 2010.

 

Attendees from the Working Group included representatives of Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) and Chapman’s Self Storage & Records Management, among others.

The guests were chaperoned by e TecK personnel and Safety Officers to view the Flagship Building, which is designed to ensure sustainable requirements including the efficient use of air, energy, water and other materials.

The building’s design helps it to maximise day lighting, ensure optimum air quality to occupants, provide individual control of the thermal environment, and utilise plants and screens to block external noise.

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