Embracing technology as a pillar of socio-economic development, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank, private sector companies and international development partners have collaborated on the groundbreaking “Digital Jam 2.0” initiative, which seeks to promote technology and the opportunities of the virtual economy to Jamaica’s youth. This initiative, which was officially launched in early May, was mounted in response to the growing national challenge of youth unemployment.
Digital Jam 2.0, which is being financed with grant funding and other inputs amounting to over US$200,000 (J$17.4M), will strive to empower unemployed and underemployed youths with world-class ICT skills, and establish a set of pilot projects that can employ at least 1,000 to 2,000 youths using robust web-based platforms.
Through a series of recently staged Mobile Applications Development workshops, the initiative has helped young developers to move ahead of the technical curve by specialising in cutting edge technologies that enable them to build effective native mobile applications (for e.g. iPhone, Android or Blackberry phones) using cross-platform tools that deliver greater flexibility and speed to market.
The workshops are a part of an extended programme of activities being rolled out under Digital Jam 2.0, which has as its theme “The Future of Work is Online”. The initiative will culminate in a Marketplace and Job Fair from June 28-30 at the Jamaica Conference Centre.