Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014. 3:17 pm CST.
Friday, August 22, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: This week young Belizeans from across the country converged on the Ramada Belize City Princess Hotel to learn about development of mobile applications.
It is part of the Public Utilities Commission’s Young Innovators Program which is intended to provide a forum for young Belizeans to showcase their talents and creativity and change the discussion on the worthiness of youth in Belize.
According to facilitator and tech expert Bevil Wooding the teenagers crossed lines to come up with applications that addressed many needs and cater to all ages.
Wooding says he and other facilitators were blown away by the determination of the youngsters to absorb what they have learned and put it to good use. Time normally spent watching TV or other aimless pursuits was instead put to fine tuning what they wanted, presenting it to the adult discussion panel, and then producing the technical specifications.
Today’s winners receive a tablet each and will participate in the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecom World Expo later this year.
But as the Program moves on to consider other aspects of innovation, PUC Commissioner Carla Maheia-Hart told us they will not forget this group of talents.
She says there will be collaboration with the Ministry of Education to track the development of these precocious young men and women and plans for the next phase of the program are in development.
The eight groups of students publicly presented their innovations at the Princess Hotel’s State Room this afternoon.
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