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Calls for local mobile apps

Sherita Sharma
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

AS the demand for mobile phones increase, people should also have an increase in the amount of local applications for those phones.

BrightPath Foundation executive director Bevil Wooding said at the first Youth TechCamp on Monday that, "We are an organisation that is focused on technology-based education, so the emphasis is on what we call creating local solutions for local needs."

Mr Wooding said it was important to have locally-suitable applications on mobile phones to benefit the local population.

He said economic changes, especially in the mobile phone industry market, were increasingly influencing the global demand for phones.

"It's a global market, some think this global market is for the other part of the globe, but we say the market has a lot of opportunities it can provide to everyone," he said.

He said the youth camp was a chance for youths to help in terms of this and would give a lot of opportunities to show their skills and creative talents.

"The camp is for discussion and opportunities, for people who have natural creative abilities to guide them with the tools and knowledge and what they are studying.

"More importantly it will allow a sense of possibility that I can, you can, we can together create new things that will affect societies and the region," he added.

Mr Wooding told the participants to make use of their skills and to pool their ideas together to come up with creative applications.

"Somebody in the Caribbean, at one of our workshops, came up with the idea of having a mosquito smashing application.

"Sometime later, an application was developed half way around the world. This goes to show that someone out there who is willing to have those applications.

"This is a historic workshop, a first for the Pacific and the first time for Fiji. And we will focus on technology based education, empowering communities through a technology platform," he said.

The week-long youth camp, a combined initiative of the Pasifika Nexus and BrightPath Foundation is aimed to help youths develop skills in developing applications for mobile phones.

"The youth camp is the first of its kind in the Pacific region and its target is youth empowerment in ICT," said Benjamin Mattews of Pasifika Nexus.

"This is a significant step in the development of the Pacific so your role and your participation in this are critical," he said.


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