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TechCamp for youths

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, November 17, 2012

FIJI will host a unique event from next week.

The week-long event is a learning experience aimed at youth across the Pacific region, teaching them mobile software development, internet governance and digital content creation.

Sponsored by the US Department of State, the Youth TechCamp aims to "bring to the Pacific Islands a successful digital content development program.

The digital content plan was developed by an international non-profit organisation known as the BrightPath Foundation.

Fiji-based policy think-tank PasifikaNEXUS is the Fiji link responsible for organising the event.

PasifikaNEXUS head Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro said the partnership formed was a fortunate one.

"We have been closely following the pioneering work of BrightPath Foundation in the US and Caribbean and are delighted to be able to partner with them to bring their programs to the Pacific region," Ms Tamanikaiwaimaro said.

"We are totally over subscribed. In just over two weeks more than 250 persons from over 15 countries have applied to attend.

"BrightPath's focus on the technical as well as the social, policy and infrastructure aspects of local content development is a perfect fit for the Pacific.

"This is confirmation of the value of programs like these that provide our youth with skills needed to move from technology consumers to producers," she said.

The workshop will see experts from BrightPath train youth from across the Pacific Islands to build software applications for mobile phones.

"They will also be meeting with policymakers to look at practical ways to strengthen critical internet infrastructure and improve broadband access in the region," a statement from the US Embassy said.

The Youth TechCamp will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday and then from November 26 to 30 at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Bay Campus in Suva.

It is hosted by the US Department of State, PasifikaNEXUS and the BrightPath Foundation.





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