Sat | Jan 19, 2019

LIME Foundation to uncover web talent

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Thirteen-year-old Kelsie Yee signs up for the 2014 LIME Foundation Web Design Summer Camp. - Contributed photos
LIME Foundation Executive Chairman Errol Miller greets participants in the summer camp.

More of Jamaica's young and talented web designers are expected to be discovered at this year's edition of the LIME Foundation Web Design Summer Programme.

Now in its fifth year, the programme, an introductory course in web-page design for students between the ages of 12 and 19, has turned out a number of persons who have moved on to becoming tech professionals, one of whom, Anthony Bryan, has returned to coach participants this year. LIME Foundation Chairman Errol K. Miller announced this year's renewal.

"We are genuinely pleased and excited to once again be able to do this for the children. It is incredible to see the results the children produce after just one week of training," he said. "In some cases, some of the children have never even touched a computer before, yet by the end of the week, they displayed some unbelievable skills. We are confident that this year will be just as rewarding."

Since July, students have been attending LIME's computer labs at 'LIME Square', along Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew, which also houses its head office and Carlton Retail Store, to get hands-on instruction on how to conceptualise, build and launch a website. From Social Media to E-commerce, the eager learners are taught how to make the most of opportunities available on the World Wide Web and will, by the end of August, match skills in the customary Web Design contest at the close.

In early July, the foundation took the first leg of the Programme to residents of Breezy Castle and surrounding communities in downtown Kingston, some of whom were introduced to online learning and basic computing.

"In addition to the exposure these children get to computers, the camp also provides an opportunity for them to improve their social skills, have fun and form new friendships," Miller added. The camp ends on August 29.