World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is spearheaded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and CANTO commemorates this day with an annual video competition on the respective ITU theme.
This year’s theme was ‘Telecommunications and ICTs: Drivers of innovation’ and the competition was opened to students from 14 -18 in any of CANTO’s 35 member countries; Belize being one of them.
Entries were judged by a panel of experts in the field of telecommunications on creativity/originality, message content, and technical organization who chose Belize’s Tysha Toni Roches as the first place winner.
Roches is a 17 year old student of Saint Catherine’s Academy in Belize City who is currently majoring in Business and plans to have a career in ICT. Her video entitled ‘ICT and Me’ informed and enlightened viewers of the evolution of communication and how it shapes and creates an innovative environment through ICT and Telecommunication platforms.
When asked how she felt after winning the competition, Roches said: “I feel excited and I am proud of myself that I could create something so good. I have experience in videography and participated in other competitions in Belize before, but I wanted to see how I would be viewed outside of Belize”.
Her prize for being victorious in the competition was: A trip for 2 plus hotel accommodation to CANTO’s 31st Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Miami from the 26th -29th July, 2015, a tablet and US$1,000. Second and third place winners in the competition both came from Suriname. CANTO congratulates all the entries and extends a happy World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to its membership.
Last year’s winner of the competition was also a Belizean, Mr. William Mahler, making it two consecutive years Belizean entries have managed to edge out the competition.
Tysha’s winning video can be viewed on YouTube at:
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