Q and A with Lydia Singh from the Energy Chamber's Clean Energy Conference

What is clean energy and how is it relevant to Trinidad?

Clean energy can be referred to as energy or electricity which is produced without directly polluting the atmosphere. For example, energy produced from the sun like solar or wind, hydro, geothermal, etc.

What were the outcomes and action items from the conference?

The conference this year in my opinion, definitely brought a greater level of positivity and momentum. Things are definitely stirring up. It helped to empower others with the necessary information and in creating good networking opportunities. There was a greater sense of urgency with actual examples of efforts being made both in the private and public sectors to allow the implementation of clean energy in Trinidad and Tobago, the region or internationally. Key action items that stick out are continued work on getting policies amended/approved from the various government entities and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions etc. on a national level.

What are 5 concret…

Q and A with TeleCarib Labs of St Lucia

Tell us about TeleCarib Labs?

TeleCarib Labs, Inc. is an ecosystem development company focused on making St. Lucia the startup capital of the Caribbean. We provide collaborative workspaces and private offices, cutting-edge skill development programs, and access to a thriving global community of professionals.

One of the programs we’re really excited about is Startup St. Lucia — the island’s national startup accelerator program which we’re launching with support from the Government of Saint Lucia. We’re welcoming innovators not just from St. Lucia, but from around the world, to help them scale from the Caribbean and beyond. We will begin accepting application in early 2019.

My team would also be upset if I didn’t mention our indoor precision farm — which will be operational towards the end of this year. There’s an education program scaffolded to the farm so we’ll have an opportunity to raise awareness around food security, import substitution, and climate resilience.

Describe the tech s…

My First Project on Github - WPF C# Drawing App

I had a Github account but I only used it a few times. I decided to change that. I created a plan for myself (see my Github Page here - One of the first projects I decided to add to my Github was a C# drawing app. Recently someone had made use of my code from a long past blog post. So I decided to create an update to that. This was my experience.

Download and Install Visual Studio Community Edition.Take a look at the Graphics library (which I ended up not using because I opted to use InkCanvas)Install the Visual Studio GitHub extensionSearch for tutorials through Google like "c# canvas mouse drawing tutorial"Decided on WPF app because I wanted to see what it is like. (From wikipedia - WPF attempts to provide a consistent programming model for building applications and separates the user interface from business logic. It resembles similar XML-oriented object models, such as those implemented in XUL and SVG.)My canvas events were not firing…

SportFitz is Field Testing Brain Impact Wearable in Trinidad

Canadian StartUp SportFitz entered the $150 billion wearables market in 2017 to address the #1 undiagnosed health challenge in the world, CONCUSSION. More than 90% of brain impacts go unnoticed, undiagnosed and untreated, the result is fatal.

In response to Rowan’s Law, the first concussion law in Canada mandating protocols to protect youth in sport, SportFitz designed a 1” wearable technology to stream brain impact and biometric data in real-time to notify the user of impacts to the brain and physical metrics before, during and after an impact.

SportFitz uses artificial intelligence with real-time measurements of the location, direction and force of impact, big data analytics and embedded organizational protocols to predict the probability of a concussion and recommend immediate action.

Our goal is to make it mandatory for all youth under the age of 18 to wear our device for all sports and to be notified in real-time when their brain receives an impact, report it, diagnose it and tr…

On Learning Programming

A university graduate asked me the following question, so I thought I would publish what comes to my mind here for the benefit of others.
What are some good tips on learning a programming language on your own?Programming is the skill, language is the tool. Tools are chosen based on parameters (cost, man power, features, scaling, etc.). Bottom line, learn to code firstly. Pay attention to core concepts that you can take to any programming language. Learn to learn. Then learn about the languages that you need to use.Understand your learning strengths and weaknesses. Poor memory, can't concentrate for long hours, work better in the night, music on in the background, things that apply to your learning in general.Pay attention to official language documentation and examples.Choose a good IDE (or text editor) (syntax highlighting, debugging, extensions, etc.)Google is your friend. In addition to looking to Google for help, also give back. Write a blog post about something you figured o…

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Keenan Chatar – Student Engineer

How would you define a techie?

Someone who is adept with electronic devices and up to date with the current sphere of technology. Someone who knows more than just how to use technology, but understand show it works, even capable of repairing it.

Tell us about yourself (short bio)?

I am a student of the University of the West Indies and currently reading for my Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I am also conducting research and development in association with UWI for a software project to assist the development of the Trinidad Cocoa Industry.

Tell us about your project to fund your NASA internship?

To fund this internship, I have reached out to various organizations seeking corporate sponsorship. I will also be putting as much of my own personal funds as I can muster to participate in the internship. And finally, I have started a GoFundMe page: which receives generous donations from friends and family.

Why is the word Aeronautics in the NASA name?

Aeronautics is th…

Q and A with CANTO

Tell us briefly about what CANTO does?

CANTO is a non-profit association made up of operators, organizations, companies and individuals in the ICT (telecommunications) sector. The association has a Caribbean focus as it relates to ICT issues for the region with a global perspective. The policy strategy of the association is directed by a board of directors appointed by the membership. This strategy is executed by the staff of a permanent secretariat located in Trinidad and Tobago. The association’s activities are financed through the contributions of the members as well as other revenue generating projects.

Is CANTO involved in the forming of the CARICOM Single ICT Space?

CANTO supports CARICOM by providing a space on our platform and assisting in the general public awareness by promoting the initiatives to our membership and other stakeholders.

List 5 major achievement over the last 3 years for CANTO?
Successfully lobbied through the CANTO chair for future mobile services in the UHF Ban…